Current Officers

Christine Mitchell RN, MS, MTS, FAAN

President

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Christine Mitchell is Executive Director of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School where she teaches in both the Master’s and Fellowship programs and directs the capstone fieldwork program. Prior to leading the Center for Bioethics with Dr. Robert Truog, she founded the clinical ethics program at Boston Children’s Hospital, directing the ethics consultation service and chairing the Ethics Advisory Committee for over 30 years. Her research has focused on ethics consultation, and public engagement in policies regarding resource allocation related to major natural disasters or pandemics. Christine has served on numerous national committees and commissions, including the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Clinical Ethics Consultation Committee, the Ethics Committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Ethics Management Team for the Human Brain Project funded by the European Commission. Her published work includes documentary films, including one nominated for an Academy Award, as well as articles related to nursing ethics, clinical ethics consultation, and ethical issues in pediatrics.


Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Ph.D.

Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Ph.D.

President Elect

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Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Ph.D. is Chief of the Division of Ethics in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University. She is a medical anthropologist who studies the sociocultural dimensions and ethical issues in genomics, precision medicine, artificial intelligence and academic-industry partnerships, with a focus on race, diversity and equity. She serves on the Scientific and Bioethics Advisory Boards of the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank, the Human Pangenome Research Consortium and the editorial board of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. She co-directs the NIH-funded Center for ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genetics) Resources and Analysis (CERA), a collaboration between Columbia and Stanford with partners at the Hastings Center and Harvard. CERA creates infrastructure for publicly-accessible tools and resources for conceptual, normative and empirical ELSI research and brings together researchers, clinicians, scholars, journalists, policymakers and patient groups to engage emerging ELSI issues. Dr. Lee is a Hastings Fellow and co-directs the biennial ELSI Congress. 

Arthur R. Derse, M.D., J.D.

Secretary

Arthur R. Derse, M.D., J.D., is Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and is Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities, and Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. He is former chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Veterans Health Administration and of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He served as Senior Consultant for Academic Affairs at the American Medical Association’s Institute for Ethics and as a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging. His publication and research has focused on emergency medicine and ethics, confidentiality, informed consent, end-of- life decision-making, and the doctor-patient relationship. He is co-author of the Code of Ethics of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Practical Ethics for Students, Interns and Residents: A Short Reference Manual 4th Edition.


D. Micah Hester, Ph.D

Treasurer

D. Micah Hester, PhD, is chief of the Division of Medical Humanities and professor of medical humanities and pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and clinical ethicist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He has published numerous books and articles in the areas of patient-provider relationships, pragmatic bioethics, end-of-life care, pediatric ethics, and ethics committees and consultation. He has served on the Board of the America Society for Bioethics and Humanities and is past president of the William James Society. He also developed and coordinates the Pediatric Ethics Consortium (www.pediatricethics.org), a nation group of professionals interest in the ethical issues of pediatric medical care.

Nora Jones, PhD

Nora Jones, PhD

Member at Large

Nora Jones, PhD, is an anthropologist and bioethicist from the Center for Urban Bioethics at Temple University. She founded the MA in Urban Bioethics program at Temple, which is dedicated to pushing bioethics’ guideposts and expanding our toolbox to better help current and future clinicians, researchers, policy-makers, and academics be more effective in their work towards the elimination of health and healthcare disparities.

Renee McLeod-Sordjan

Renee McLeod-Sordjan, DNP

Member at Large

Renee McLeod-Sordjan, DNP, is Director of the Division of Medical Ethics for Northwell Health. The division develops ethics curricula for Hofstra University School of Medicine, Hofstra University School of Medicine, Northwell Health’s ethics fellowship, and interdisciplinary professionals within the academic practice partnership. Strategically focusing on the professional development of clinicians, the division fosters multiple areas of expertise, including clinical ethics consultation, education, scholarship, and engagement in interdisciplinary institutional service activities to improve patient experience, reduce clinician burnout and train the next generation of bioethicists. Dr. McLeod has more than 20 years’ experience as a board-certified family, palliative, and acute care nurse practitioner specializing in HIV, gynecology and critical care. As an educator, she has held a variety of academic administrative positions facilitating life-long learning among students with interests in ethical clinical practice.

Jason Eberl, PhD

Jason Eberl, PhD

Member at Large

Jason Eberl, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University, which has seven full-time faculty members, a doctoral program, and undergraduate major and minor programs. Prior to this, he designed and delivered an integrated clinical ethics curriculum to medical students at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and began his career directing a Master’s program with concentrations in bioethics and international research ethics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. His scholarly interests focus primarily on issues where questions of human personhood and identity come to the fore, such as human enhancement, and he recently published a book canvassing various theories of human nature and their bioethical implications. He also does a lot of work, though not exclusively, in the arena of Catholic bioethics.


Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D

Past President

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Dr. Wolpe is also the Senior Bioethicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Wolpe’s scholarly work focuses on the social, religious, and ideological impact of biotechnology on the human condition. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, and sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals. He is a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society. He is the Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethics Processes and sits on many national and international committees, such as Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence Selection Committee and DARPA’s Neuroscience ELSI Panel. Dr. Wolpe won the 2011 World Technology Network Award in Ethics, has recorded a TED Talk, was named one of Trust Across America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior.


Barbara Juknialis, MA

Administrative Director