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Photo of Dr. Robert M. Veatch Robert M. Veatch, PhD, is Professor of Medical Ethics, Emeritus, and the former Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He remains at the Institute currently serving as Senior Research Scholar. He was also professor in the Philosophy Department and has held appointment as adjunct professor in the Georgetown Department of Community and Family Medicine. He is the author or editor of 53 books.He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Regional Transplant Community since 1988 and has served on the United Network for Organ Sharing committees of ethics, living donation, and vascular composite allografts (face and hand transplants). He has served as the President of the Board, Hospice Care of the District of Columbia, as a member of the editorial board of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association; and as a member of four National Institutes of Health data and safety monitoring boards.He has taught over 15,000 students at Georgetown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Union, and St. George's University (Grenada). His current research is on the history of professional medical ethics. He has served as Chair of Georgetown's Institutional Review Board for social science research.He received a BS in Pharmacy from Purdue (1961), a MS in Pharmacology, University of California Medical Center (1962), and a B.D., M.A., and Ph. D. (1970) concentrating in medical ethics from Harvard University. He has received an honorary D.Hum. from Creighton University and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Union University. Prior to coming to Georgetown, he was Senior Associate and director of the Research Group on Death and Dying at the Hastings Center in New York.He has served as an ethics consultant and expert witness in over 30 legal cases including the case of Karen Quinlan (1975-76), the young woman left in a persistent vegetative state whose parents won a landmark legal victory establishing the right of families to make critical treatment refusal decisions, and the case of Baby K (1992), the child with anencephaly whose mother won the right of access to life-support for her, one of the noted cases on medical futility. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Bioethics and the Humanities and the Henry Knowles Beecher Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Hastings Center. In 2008 he served as the Gifford Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He has been given the National Book Award of the American Medical Writers' Association, the Distinguished Achievement Award of the United Methodist Association, the Research Career Recognition Award, Georgetown University, and the Distinguished Service Award of St. George's University School of Medicine. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for the rights and welfare of patients as active decision makers in medicine.
Photo of Dr. Amy Marie Haddad Amy Marie Haddad, PhD, is the Director for the Center for Health Policy & Ethics and the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences at Creighton University. She has been involved in higher education in the health sciences since 1979. She has a BSN from Creighton University, an MSN from University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Among her publications are several books including: Health Professional and Patient Interaction (8th Ed.) with Drs. Ruth Purtilo and Regina Doherty (2014), Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics (3rd ed.) with Drs. Robert Veatch and E. J Last (2017) and Case Studies in Biomedical Ethics - Decision-Making, Principles, and Cases (2nd ed.) (2014 with Drs. Robert Veatch and Dan English. She was selected for the national Carnegie Scholars program of the Carnegie Center for the Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching in 2001. She is currently (2015-2017) the President of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, the largest professional association in bioethics and health humanities in the United States. She is Program Chair of a fully-online graduate program in health care ethics at Creighton University.
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Alex John London, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor London is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center whose work focuses on ethical and policy issues surrounding the development and deployment of novel technologies in medicine, biotechnology and artificial intelligence, methodological issues in theoretical and practical ethics, and cross-national issues of justice and fairness. His papers have appeared in Mind, Science, The Lancet, PLoS Medicine, Statistics In Medicine, The Hastings Center Report, and numerous other journals and collections and he is co-editor of Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, one of the most widely used textbooks in medical ethics.

Policy Work in Research Ethics and Oversight. Biomedical research is one of the most productive areas for the development of novel technologies. Professor London has helped to shape key ethical guidelines for the oversight of research with human participants for over a decade. From 2012-2016 he was a member of the Working Group on the Revision of CIOMS 2002 International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects. Prior to that he was an expert commentator at three World Medical Association meetings for the revision of the 2013 Declaration of Helsinki. Since 2007 he has been a member of the ethics working group of the U.S. HIV Prevention Trials Network where he was part of the group that drafted the HIV Prevention Trials Network Ethics Guidance for Research. From 2016-2017 he was part of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine Committee on Clinical Trials During the 2014-15 Ebola Outbreak and in 2016 he was appointed to the U.S. Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability. He has served as an ethics expert in consultations with numerous national and international organizations including U.S. National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization (here, and here), the World Medical Association (here, and here) and the World Bank.

Photo of Bonnie LeRoy Bonnie LeRoy, MS, CGC, is a board certified genetic counselor with over 25 years of experience in the clinical setting, and 30 years serving in leadership positions in the profession. Professor LeRoy has been the director of the genetic counseling graduate program at the University of Minnesota since 1989 and the program has collaborated with the Center for Bioethics since its inception. Genetic counseling is a relatively new health care profession and much of Professor LeRoy's interest has focused on the developing practice. She has been involved in studies that aim to better define a model of practice from which outcomes can be determined and measured. In addition, Professor LeRoy is interested the clinical training of genetic counseling professionals. In collaboration with students in training, she has been involved with studies investigating a wide variety of issues that have an impact on training and in turn, service provision. As part of her teaching, Professor LeRoy has had her genome sequenced and she will share that experience and the experiences of patients and families.