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2020 Keynote Speakers

Photo of Dr. Pamela GracePamela Grace, RN, PhD, FAAN is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Ethics at the William F. Connell School of Nursing Boston College. She is an experienced critical care and advance practice nurse and educator. Her PhD is in Philosophy (1998) with a concentration in medical ethics. In academic year 2001/2002 she completed an Ethics Research Fellowship at Harvard School of Social Medicine and in 2003 was awarded a Fulbright Research/Lecturer Scholarship to Denmark. She has written and presented extensively on nursing philosophy, nursing ethics and healthcare ethics. Her award-winning book, Nursing Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Advanced Practice (2018) is now in its third edition and is used internationally as a guide to ethics in advanced practice settings. Along with colleagues, she developed the Clinical Ethics Residency for Nurses a curriculum to develop nurse confidence in their ethical decision-making. Her ongoing scholarship and education endeavors are focused on facilitating nurses' and healthcare providers capacity to work toward meeting professional goals of individual and societal good.


Photo of Dr. IltisAna S. Iltis, PhD is the Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, Professor of Philosophy, and Carlson Professor of University Studies at Wake Forest University. She also holds an appointment in the department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine and is a Non-Resident Scholar in the Center for Health and Biosciences in the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. She is President-Elect of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and will serve a two-year term as President beginning in October 2019.

Dr. Iltis' work focuses primarily on the ethical conduct of human research, including research involving children, first-in-human studies, mental health research, informed consent, and risk in research decision making. Much of her current work is at the intersection of organ transplantation and research. She has published widely in bioethics, serves on several National Institutes of Health data safety monitoring boards, and holds a wide range of editorial positions, including: Co-Editor of the Annals of Bioethics book series (Routledge), Senior Associate Editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press), and Co-Editor of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (Johns Hopkins University Press).

She received a B.A. in Philosophy and B.A.H., an interdisciplinary Honors degree, from Villanova University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Rice University.


Photo of Dr. RossLainie Friedman Ross, M.D., Ph.D., is the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics; Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery and the College; Co-Director of the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine, and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Ross earned her AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (1982); an MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1986) and a PhD in philosophy from Yale University (1996). She trained in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and at Babies Hospital of Columbia University now the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian.

Dr. Ross is a primary care pediatrician at Comer Children's Hospital. Her research portfolio includes ethical and policy issues in pediatrics, organ transplantation, genetics, and human subjects protections. She has published four books and over 200 articles in the peer-reviewed literature. In her first book, Children, Families, and Health-Care Decision Making, she developed an ethics framework for approaching decision-making for and by children. She argued that the best interest standard was too ambiguous and too demanding, and argued for focusing on "basic needs" in a model she developed called "constrained parental autonomy".

Dr. Ross was a 2014 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the 2015 recipient of the William Bartholome Award in Ethical Excellence from the American Academy of Pediatrics.