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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.

David K. Urion, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology

David Urion, MD is Director of Education and Residency training Programs in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), where he holds the Chares F. Barlow Chair in Neurology along with serving as the Director of Behavioral Neurology Clinics & Programs at BCH. He received his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, his medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine, and after training in internal medicine and in pediatrics at BCH, trained in child neurology in the Harvard Longwood Neurology Training Program.

Effy Vayena
Visiting Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Fellow in Bioethics

Anita Katharina Wagner, PharmD, MPH, DrPH, is an associate professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She received a PharmD from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, an MPH in international health, and a DrPH in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is interested in the bioethical problems that arise in organizations and health systems around the provision of new, highly priced cancer medicines. Anita is a recipient of the inaugural Robert H. Ebert Career Development Award.

Visiting Fulbright Scholar

Marcin Waligóra, PhD is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Bioethics. Dr. Waligóra is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Bioethics at Jagiellonian University Medical College in Poland. Dr. Waligora leads REMEDY, the Research Ethics in Medicine Study Group where he works with a team of international, interdisciplinary physicians, pharmacists, lawyers, philosophers, sociologists and public health specialists, focusing on the ethical aspects of conducting research with human participants.

Fellow in Bioethics

Richard Whyte, MD, MBA, is the vice chair of surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. Richard received his BS in chemistry, his MD from the University of Pittsburgh, and MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is interested in bioethical issues pertaining to the field of surgery—particularly cardiothoracic surgery. Richard is on the ethics committees of two national surgical organizations, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (chair) and the American College of Surgeons.

Daniel Wikler, PhD
Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics and Professor of Ethics and Population Health

Daniel Wikler has been Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Ethics and Population Health at the Harvard School of Public Health since 2002, where he is also affiliated with university-wide programs including the Harvard Program in Ethics and Health and the Safra Center for Ethics.

Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry (EXT)

James Wilkins, MD, DPHIL is a psychiatry resident in the Massachusetts General Hospital-McLean Hospital Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. He graduated from Bowdoin College, completed a D.Phil. in human genetics at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He is serving as chief resident in geriatric psychiatry at McLean Hospital and serves on the Optimum Care Committee at MGH as well as one of the MGH panels of the IRB of Partners Healthcare.