Who's doing what at this year's IBC

The information below pertains to the 2016 course iteration.

Laura J. Bishop, PhD

bioethics + film
small group facilitator

Dr. Bishop is Head of Academic Programs at the KIE. Her research interests include the role of the family in medical decision making, bioethics education in secondary schools, resources for teaching ethics, and curriculum development. She helps high school teachers through the Institute’s High School Bioethics Curriculum Project, and has served as an ethics consultant and speaker for the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research’s ongoing education workshops for high school teachers.

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James F. Childress, PhD

conscientious objection

Dr. Childress is University Professor and the Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics at the University of Virginia where he directs the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life. He was a member of the presidentially-appointed National Bioethics Advisory Commission and has served on several other governmental and non-governmental bodies addressing public bioethics. With Tom Beauchamp, Professor Childress authored Principles of Biomedical Ethics. He is also the author of several other books and numerous articles in biomedical ethics.

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James Giordano, MD, PhD

pre-session: clinical ethics

Dr. Giordano is Scholar-in-Residence and Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program in the Center for Clinical Bioethics, Professor of Integrative Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry, and on the faculty of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown. He is Clark Fellow of Neurosciences and Ethics at the Human Science Center of Ludwig Maximilains Universität, Munich, Germany, where he previously was JW Fulbright Foundation Visiting Professor. Dr. Giordano is 2012-2013 William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Neuroethics at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, and is a Senior Fellow of the Board of Regents of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington, DC-area think tank focused on ethical, legal, and social issues related to science and technology.

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John Keown, DPhil, PhD, DCL

master of ceremonies
euthanasia – past + present
small group facilitator

Dr. Keown holds the Rose F. Kennedy Chair of Christian Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Before his election to the Kennedy Chair he taught the law and ethics of medicine in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge, where he was a Fellow of Queens’ College and of Churchill College. He is the author, co-author, or editor of six books, mainly on the law and ethics of medicine, and is currently completing two more. His work has been cited by the US Supreme Court, the Law Lords, the English Court of Appeal and the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics. In 2011 he testified as an expert witness for Canada in a leading case concerning law and ethics at the end of life.

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Rebecca Kukla, PhD

bioethics + disability
small group facilitator

Dr. Kukla is Professor of Philosophy and a Senior Research Scholar at the KIE. She is the current coordinator of the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Network, a scholarly society with members in 30 countries. Her research interests include philosophical and cultural studies of medicine, epistemology, 18th century philosophy, and feminist theory. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the USDA, studying ethical issues concerning food and nutrition assistance programs.

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Maggie Little, BPhil, PhD

small group facilitator

Dr. Little is Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, where she is also a Senior Research Scholar and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown. Widely published, a Rhodes Scholar and fellow of the Hastings Center, she has twice served as Visiting Scholar in residence at the National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics, and was appointed to the Ethics Committee of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Among her other projects, she has co-founded The Second Wave Initiative, which works to promote responsible research into the health needs of pregnant women, launched the KIE’s Introduction to Bioethics MOOC in April 2014, and is leading the design and development of EthicsLab, an experimental lab space on campus whose team-based approach unites people on the front lines of complex moral issues with expert bioethicists and designers to create change.

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Carol Taylor, RN, PhD

organizational ethics

Dr. Taylor is a founding member and previous director of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown, and a professor in the Department of Medicine and in the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown, in addition to her role at the KIE. Experienced in caring for chronically and critically ill patients and their families, Dr. Taylor now works closely with health care professionals who are exploring the ethical dimensions of their practice. She lectures and writes on various issues in healthcare ethics and serves as an ethics consultant to systems and professional organizations.

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Robert M. Veatch, PhD

small group facilitator

Dr. Veatch is Professor of Medical Ethics Emeritus and a Senior Research Scholar at the KIE. Dr. Veatch has worked extensively on death and dying, human experimentation, and organ transplantations. From 1981 to 1982 he served as a consultant to the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical Research. In 2008 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, and delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh, speaking on “Hippocratic, Religious and Secular Medical Ethics: The Points of Conflict”.

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Tom Beauchamp, PhD

beneficence + non-maleficence

Dr. Beauchamp is Professor of Philosophy in addition to his role at the KIE. He took graduate degrees from Yale University and The Johns Hopkins University, where he received his PhD in 1970. He then joined the faculty of the Philosophy Department at Georgetown, and in the mid-70s accepted a joint appointment at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. In late 1975, he joined the staff of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, where he wrote the bulk of The Belmont Report (1978).

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David Wendler, PhD

research ethics
small group facilitator

Dr. Wendler is head of the Unit on Vulnerable Populations in the Department of Bioethics at the NIH Clinical Center. He has been a consultant to many organizations, including the Council of International Organizations of Medical Sciences, the American College of Cardiology, the World Medical Association, the National Institute on Aging, and the American College of Cardiology. His current research focuses on research with individuals who are unable to provide informed consent.

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G. Kevin Donovan, MD, MA

small group facilitator

Dr. Donovan is Director of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University, in addition to his role at the KIE. Dr. Donovan was the founding Director of the Oklahoma Bioethics Center and has three decades of experience in clinical bioethics and clinical medicine being recognized as one of America’s “Best Doctors.” He has served on multiple ethics committees for hospitals and national organizations as well as chairing an Institutional Review Board. Sought after as a speaker on the local, national and international levels, he was awarded the Humanism in Medicine Award in 2005 from the Gold Foundation, which recognizes physicians who have successfully integrated humanism in the delivery of care to his patients and families. Dr. Donovan has also received the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research and Medicine from the University of Tulsa, and was recently nominated for a Golden Apple Teaching Award in Georgetown’s School of Medicine.

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LeRoy Walters, PhD

small group facilitator

Dr. Walters was Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics from 1996 to 2000, and has published widely on genetic ethics, research ethics, and ethics and the Holocaust. He has served for three terms—including three years as Chair—on the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health, which reviews human gene therapy protocols, and is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, a member of the Bioethics Advisory Committee of the March of Dimes, and a member of the Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Study Advisory Board at the Cleveland Clinic.

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David G. Miller, PhD

small group facilitator

David G. Miller is the Associate Director for Academic Programs and Administrator for the Center for Clinical Bioethics at the Georgetown University Medical Center, where he directs the bioethics courses for first- and second-year medical students. He served as a senior research analyst for both President Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and President Bush’s President’s Council on Bioethics. The philosophy courses he taught most recently at Georgetown are Philosophy of Medicine (with Dr. Pellegrino) and Bioethics and Public Policy. Current issues in bioethics that interest him most include conscience/refusal clauses, health care reform, and professionalism and bioethics education in medical schools.

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Research Specialists

Make sure to visit our Bioethics Research Library for a one-on-one research consultation with one of our specialists if you’ve got a project or topic in mind! Home to more than 100,000 pieces of print and audiovisual materials, the Library is the world’s largest collection of scholarly bioethics materials in the world. Meet the specialists who’ll be ready to work with you at this year’s IBC below.

Martina Darragh, MLS

Ms. Darragh’s interest in librarianship began with a stint as a deck attendant at the Library of Congress, where she helped researchers to use the LoC catalog to locate materials. She draws upon her background in Montessori education when designing the BRL’s online tutorials and instruction guides, and recently co-authored the first in a four-part working bibliography of neuroethics in the journal Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine.

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Roxie France-Nuriddin, BA

Ms. France-Nuriddin is the Collection Curator for English language resources for the Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics collection and database, a joint project of the Bioethics Research Library and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service Library in Qatar. She joined the KIE with more than fifteen years experience as an editorial project manager and researcher for a popular scholarly press.

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