Plenary Panel Speakers

Photo of Michael DeemMichael J. Deem, PhD
Michael Deem joined the University of Pittsburgh in Fall 2021 with an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics in the Graduate School of Public Health. Previously he was an Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and the Center for Healthcare Ethics. He has also been an affiliated faculty member of the Genetic Counseling Program at Indiana State University and a subject faculty member of the Certificate Program in Pediatric Bioethics at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Dr. Deem completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 2015 and an MA in philosophy at Texas A&M University in 2009, as well as an MA in historical theology at Saint Louis University in 2005. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Ethics and Genomics at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City. Dr. Deem's main areas of research are bioethics, philosophy of biology and medicine, and interprofessional healthcare ethics education.


Photo of Chad PriestChad S. Priest, JD, MSN, RN, FAAN
Chad Priest is Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross - Indiana where he leads a team of over 3,500 volunteers and staff from 45 offices throughout Indiana and portions of Ohio, Kentucky andIllinois dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting resilient communities.

Chad is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and co-founder of the Disaster Medicine Fellowship Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Indiana University School of Nursing. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. His research and scholarship interests include international disaster risk reduction, healthcare emergency management, crisis leadership and community resilience to disasters and crisis events. He is a frequent international speaker on issues related to healthcare system and community resilience.

Prior to assuming leadership of the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross, Priest served as Assistant Dean for Operations & Community Partnerships at the Indiana University School of Nursing where he also founded and directed the interdisciplinary Social Network Health Research Laboratory. Chad served on active duty as an officer in the United States Air Force with the 89th Medical Group, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in nursing from Indiana University, his Masters of Science degree in Community Health Nursing from Indiana University andhis law degree from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.


Photo of Eric VoglesteinEric Vogelstein, PhD
Dr. Eric Vogelstein is Associate Professor with a joint appointment at Duquesne University in the School of Nursing and the Department of Philosophy. Dr. Vogelstein specializes in biomedical ethics and ethical theory. Among other topics, he has published onthe ethics of advance directives and surrogate decision-making, assisted dying, the moral status of prenatal life, moral expertise, and issues in nursing ethics. Dr. Vogelstein has also published on theoretical issues in moral philosophy related to the nature of morality and the relationship between morality and practical reason.


Photo of Jame Carlin WatsonJamie C. Watson, PhD
Jamie Watson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas n the Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics. He is a member of the clinical ethics consultation services at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital, and he serves as a Plain Language Writer for the Center for Health Literacy. Dr. Watson received his doctorate in philosophy at Florida State University in 2009 and has co-authored four textbooks on ethics and philosophy, as well as a single-authored book on responsible politics. His primary scholarship is on moral expertise and moral distress, and he has developed a recent interest in neuroethics.


Photo of Douglas White Douglas B. White, MD MAS
Dr. White is Vice Chair and Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He holds the UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine. He directs the University's Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness, which is the first program in the country focused on ethical issues in critical care medicine.

Dr. White graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1995 with a degree in English Literature.He received his medical degree from UCSF and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UCSF. While at UCSF, he also completed a Master's degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a fellowship in Bioethics.

Dr. White's scholarship focuses on ethical issues that arise in the care of critically ill patients and on developing interventions to improve surrogate decision making for incapacitated, seriously ill patients. He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2005 and has also received funding from a number of foundations including the Greenwall Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Beckwith Institute.

He has published more than 150 peer reviewed research articles and has received numerous awards for his scholarship, including induction in the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Grenvik Award for Ethics from the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Distinguished Research Mentor Award from the University of Pittsburgh's ICRE. He is a designated diversity champion at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.