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Plenary Panel Speakers

Photo of Jeffrey BishopJeffrey P. Bishop, MD, PhD
Professor Jeffrey P. Bishop is a social and moral philosopher, teaching medical ethics and philosophy at Saint Louis University. He is also a physician. Bishop also holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Bioethics.

Bishop's scholarly work is focused on the historical, political, and philosophical conditions that underpin contemporary medical and scientific practices and theories. His interests are diverse, with publications in medical journals, philosophical journals, theological journals, and medical humanities journals. He has also written on diverse topics from transhumanism and enhancement technologies to clinical ethics consultation and medical humanities.

His first book, The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, is a philosophical history of the Care of the dying, from ICU care to palliative care. Lately, his scholarship has been focused on the body, exploring how medical and scientific conceptions of the body shape the kinds of moral claims made by medicine, science, and bioethics.


Photo of Helen ChappleHelen Chapple, PhD, RN, MSN, CT
Helen Chapple is an Associate Professor at Creighton University. She received her PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Virginia, and her bedside nursing experience includes home hospice, research, and critical care. She teaches ethics both online and on the ground to nursing undergrads and to graduate students in the Masters in Health Care Ethics program. In 2010 her research on how dying happens in the hospital was published by Left Coast Press in a book called "No Place for Dying: Hospitals and the Ideology of Rescue." Her research interests include dying persons as an underserved population, the social implications of rescue and transplantation, and the interactions between value analysis and nursing.


Photo of Dr. CurlinFarr Curlin, MD
Farr A. Curlin, MD, is Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine; Co-Director of the Theology, Medicine and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School; and Director of the Arete Initiative in Duke's Kenan Institute for Ethics. Before moving to Duke in 2014, he founded and was Co-Director of the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago. At Duke, Dr. Curlin practices hospice and palliative medicine, and he works with colleagues across the university to develop opportunities for education and scholarship at the intersection of theology, medicine and culture. He has authored more than one hundred and thirty articles and book chapters dealing with the moral and spiritual dimensions of medical practice. Dr. Curlin's work focuses on the relevance of religious ideas and practices for the doctor-patient relationship, the moral and professional formation of clinicians, and care for patients at the end of life.


Photo of Dr. ErlenJudith A. Erlen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Judith Erlen has had a long history of funding from the NIH, as well as the Alzheimer's Association, for her program of research that has focused on ethics, regimen adherence, and quality of life. Dr. Erlen has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to nursing research, having received the Distinguished Nursing Research award from the Eastern Nursing Research Society, as well as the Nightingale Award of Pennsylvania for Excellence in Nursing Research.

Her research has tested the effect of nurse delivered telephone and face-to-face interventions based on social cognitive and self-efficacy theories to improve adherence in persons with chronic disorders including individuals living with HIV infection who are prescribed combination antiretroviral therapy and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Erlen's most recent work examined the effect of an in-home and telephone intervention on caregiver-mediated medication management when the patient has memory loss and lives in the community.

Dr. Erlen directed the NINR-funded T32 training grant, "Technology: Research in chronic and critical illness" for 10 years. She was the associate director of the School of Nursing's NINR funded P30 grant, "Center for Research in Chronic Disorders", and in that role, provided grant writing workshops for junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows. She also has been a visiting scholar at Michigan State University, the University of Connecticut, and West Virginia University. Dr. Erlen's teaching has focused on health care ethics, grant writing, manuscript development, and research. Her mentoring of PhD students, junior faculty, and postdoctoral fellows was recognized when she was named a recipient of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring, University of Pittsburgh. She regularly facilitates ethics seminars for the third-year medical student clerkships.


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John Lantos, MD
John Lantos, MD, is Director of the Children's Mercy Hospital Bioethics Center in Kansas City. Prior to moving to Kansas City, he was a Chief of General Pediatrics and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at The University of Chicago.

He served as President of both The American Society of Bioethics & Humanities and the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.

He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and many books. He has appeared on Oprah and Larry King Live and was named one of the best pediatricians in America by Ladies Home Journal. He was awarded the 2018 William Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


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Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD
Lainie 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.