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Patrick T. Smith

Patrick T. Smith holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He has specific interests in the areas of moral philosophy, philosophical and theological bioethics, end-of-life medical ethics, and hospice palliative care.

Mildred Solomon
Professor of Anaesthesia, Part-time

Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD is Professor of Anaesthesia (part-time) at Harvard Medical School and a core faculty member of the Center for Bioethics at HMS, where she directs the school’s Fellowship in Bioethics.  Professor Solomon is also the president of The Hastings Center, an independent research institute in Garrison, NY that explores ethical issues in health, health care and the life sciences.  A bioethicist and social science researcher who conducts both normative and empirical ethics research, Dr.

Sheleagh Somers, MSW, LICSW

M. Sheleagh Somers, MSW, LICSW a clinical social worker at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, is a graduate of Simmons School of Social Work and a two year post graduate program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Theory and Practice. She works with OB/GYN patients and with parents who have an infant admitted to the NICU. She is a member of the hospital wide Ethics Support Service, facilitates NICU Ethics Rounds and serves on a number of NICU related committees.

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First Deputy General Counsel - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Lecturer on Medicine, Part-Time – Harvard Medical School

David Sontag is First Deputy General Counsel at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Lecturer on Medicine, Part-Time at Harvard Medical School.  His current legal practice focuses on advising and resolving legal and compliance issues related to corporate and clinical affiliations and other business relationships with the medical center, including its relationship with its accountable care organization.  David also advises medical center clinicians regarding guardianships, health care proxies and related informed consent issues, and oversees the process for obtaining guardianships for

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Research Fellow

Laura Specker Sullivan received a PhD in Philosophy and a graduate certificate in Japanese Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2015. Her dissertation focused on cross-cultural bioethics and informed consent in Japan and her research was funded by the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation. From 2015-17 she was a joint postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, University of Washington and at the National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia.

Fellow in Bioethics

Stacey Springs, PhD, is a research faculty member in the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health at Brown University. She received her PhD in pharmaceutical economics and health policy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Stacey is interested in the bioethical dimensions of shared decision-making and decisions made by proxies on behalf of critically ill newborns. She is an AHRQ K12 Scholar in Comparative Effectiveness/Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.

Brooke Tempesta
Master's Program Manager

Brooke serves as the primary point of contact for the Master’s program at the Center, for prospective students, administrative committee members and faculty. She’ll likely be the first person you meet when you connect with us about the program and will be smiling at you as you are handed your diploma. As the master's program manager, Brooke plays a key role in the program and curriculum process, and maintains ongoing engagement with our alumni in the field. Brooke is passionate about program development, student affairs, and assessment.

Dennis F. Thompson

Dennis F. Thompson is the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy Emeritus at Harvard University, and the founding director of the university-wide Center for Ethics and the Professions (now the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics). He has also been a professor of public policy in the Kennedy School of Government. Thompson’s books include: Restoring Responsibility: Ethics in Government, Business, and Healthcare; and most recently The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It (co-authored with Amy Gutmann).

Clinical Fellow in Neurology (EXT)

Benjamin Tolchin, MD, MS is a fellow in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a member of the Hospital Ethics Committee. During his neurology residency at Columbia University Medical Center, he designed and implemented an ethics curriculum for his fellow residents, and served as the resident representative on the American Academy of Neurology’s Ethics, Law, and Humanity Committee. Previously he completed his medical doctorate at Harvard Medical School and his undergraduate studies at Harvard College, with a concentration in philosophy.

Robert Truog
Director, Harvard Center for Bioethics, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Legal Medicine, Professor of Anaesthesia (Pediatrics)

Dr. Robert Truog is the Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Anaesthesiology & Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Truog received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and is board certified in the practices of pediatrics, anesthesiology, and pediatric critical care medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in philosophy from Brown University and an honorary master of arts from Harvard University.