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Steven J. Ralston, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Steven Ralston, MD is a high-risk obstetrician with an interest in ethical issues around maternal autonomy, prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy, and parental decision-making at periviable gestations. He has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and has been teaching in the HMS ethics curriculum since 2012.

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Rosemary Reiss, MD directs the Center for Fetal Medicine and Prenatal Genetics, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and is Assistant Professor at HMS. After residency at Yale, she completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Ohio State University, staying on their faculty until moving to Boston in 2000. Her training in the US was punctuated by extended visits to British NHS hospitals, opportunities to observe a different model of health care provision.

Ellen M. Robinson, RN, PhD

Ellen M. Robinson is a graduate of the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, receiving her Masters in Cardiovascular Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1983, and her PhD in Nursing with a focus on nursing ethics, in 1997.

Fellow in Bioethics

Frederic Romain, RRT, MDiv, DMin is an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Gordon-Conwell Seminary and is a member of the Optimum Care Committee at  MGH. He is also a Pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Roslindale. Frederic received his MDiv and DMin from Gordon-Conwell with a concentration track in marriage and  family therapy. His interest is in speaking for those not at the table, particularly  minorities.  Dr. Romain has been published in the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics, and is a recipient of the Cornell Schwartz Spiritual Caregiver Fellowship. 

Barbara Bierer
Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Noah K. Rosenberg, MD is Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He graduated from Oregon Health & Science University, School of Medicine, in 2008 and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at Brown in 2012. He has worked internationally in many settings and most recently responded to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He is interested in the bioethical problems that arise in international medical aid in the setting of intense gradients of economic inequality.

Barbara Bierer

Rosemary Ryan is a hospice and palliative care physician with considerable experience as medical director of hospital and home-based teams of caregivers providing end-of-life care in eastern MA. This work is integrated with health care ethics as co-chair of the Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital and member of ethics committees: Harvard Ethics Leaders, Partners Ethics Leaders, the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of MA, and several home health agency and clinic-related ethics committees.

Fellow in Bioethics

Jennifer M. Ryan, JD is the Director for the Office for Academic and Research  Integrity, HMS. She recevied a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She is interested in conflicts of interest that arise in the research and clinical settings.  Jennifer is the recipient of the Daniel D. Federman Staff Award for Exceptional Service to HMS/HSDM.