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Rodney Dismukes, PhD, MHA, MS
Instructor in Psychiatry

Rodney P. Dismukes is the Clinical Associate Director of Mental Health Services for the VA Boston Healthcare System and is an Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. He chairs the VA Boston’s Ethics Consultation Committee. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology in 1987 from Auburn University and a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2010. He completed an MS in Biomedical Ethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College in 2014.

Visiting Student (Stip) in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Theofilos (Theo) El Sayed Omar is an aspiring cardiothoracic surgeon with a profound interest in lung and heart transplantation. He is currently an MA candidate in Medical Ethics at Keele University School of Law in the UK. His dissertation research focuses on public health, end-of-life-care and organ donation ethics. He has an avid curiosity of medical philosophy and clinical ethics, and is fluent in both Greek and Arabic. Theo sits on the UK Donation Ethics Committee and teaches bioethics classes at Yale University.

Fellow in Bioethics

Kristen Elwell, JD, is the associate director of research policy and compliance in Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. She received her BA from American University and her JD from Suffolk University Law School with a concentration in health and biomedical law. She is particularly interested in areas of bioethics relating to stem cell and regenerative biology, as well as how policies are shaped by bioethics. Kristen was a member of the Suffolk University Law School’s Journal of Health & Biomedical Law.

Visiting Postgrad Research Fellow (Stip) in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Talia Engelhart, MPH is the Program Director for the Young Parents Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, a primary care clinic for teen parents and their children that provide comprehensive medical and social services. Earlier in her career she worked for the Penn Center for Bioethics, the US Dept of Health and Human Services, and the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma. Additionally, she is a certified mediator with an interest in family conflict.

Nir Eyal, DPhil
Associate Professor of Global Health and Poplulation

Nir Eyal is Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine (Bioethics) at the Harvard Medical School. He is also appointed at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Department of Global Health and Population, and at the Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Dr. Eyal was the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics at the Center for Human Values of Princeton University and previously, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Clinical Bioethics of the National Institutes of Health.

Instructor in Medicine

Dr. Grace Farris graduated from Brown Medical School in 2008. She completed her internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Farris is a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and is part of the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Program Associate Faculty. Dr. Farris's scholarly interests include narrative medicine, ethics in hospital medicine and the care of the hospitalized elderly. She is the co-course director of the Harvard Medical School Aging: Bench to Bedside fourth year elective.

Fellow in Bioethics

Rebecca S. Feinberg, JD, MBe, MS, is a teaching assistant professor at DePaul University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University, a JD and MBE from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. She is interested in bioethical issues related to women’s health in the developing world and assisted reproductive technologies. Rebecca was the James Wilson Merit Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where she was a member of the Inn of Court Honor Society and received the Henry Meacham Public Service Award.

Lachlan Forrow, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Ralph B. Freidin, MD
Instructor in Medicine, Part-time

Ralph Freidin is a primary care physician retired after 35 years of community practice. He is an emeritus attending physician at the Mount Auburn Hospital and clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. His interests include the process of doctor-patient communications and as well as informed consent. He teaches Medical Ethics and Professionalism to first year Harvard Medical students. Dr. Freidin has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Judi Friedson, RN, MS
Clinical Ethicist

Judi Beckman Friedson, MS, RN  is a Clinical Ethicist at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she coordinates and facilitates ethics consultations, leads the unit-based ethics rounds program, and implements ethics educational programs.  She is a member of the Boston Children’s Ethics Advisory Committee, co-chairs the hospital-wide MOLST Implementation Taskforce, and served as the MOLST liaison between MA Department of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital while the new state-wide MOLST policy was implemented.