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.


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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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Emily Largent, JD, PhD, RN,
Emily Largent is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Largent's research focuses on ethical and regulatory aspects of human subjects research, including paying research participants, patient-engagement in research, use of social media in research, and research-care integration.  Her work - which combines normative, empirical, and legal methods - has been published in the Hastings Center Report, the American Journal of Bioethics, the New England Journal of Medicine, among other journals. She co-authored Clinical Research Ethics Consultation: A Casebook (Oxford University Press).  Dr. Largent studied Science, Technology, and International Affairs at Georgetown University and earned a second degree in nursing from Penn Nursing. She received her PhD in Health Policy, with a concentration in ethics, from Harvard University and her JD from Harvard Law School, both in 2016. Dr. Largent was previously a fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (2008-2010) and clerked for Chief Judge Jeffrey Howard of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit before joining the faculty at Penn in 2017.  


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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.