David A. Diamond is a Professor of Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and Urologist-in-Chief and Associate Clinical Ethicist at Children’s Hospital, Boston. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1978 and completed urology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He served as the Herbert Johnston Research Fellow in pediatric urology at the University of Liverpool and Senior Registrar to Mr. Philip Ransley at the Great Ormond Street Hospital and Institute of Urology, London.
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.
Amy Dockser Marcus, MBE co-leads a section of the Master of Bioethics Capstone seminar. She is an alumna of the inaugural class of the HMS Master of Bioethics degree program and was selected by her classmates to give the graduation address. Amy is a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she covers health and medicine. She received a BA from Harvard-Radcliffe. Amy’s journalism focuses on patient advocacy and rare diseases, and often touches on ethical issues surrounding patients’ experiences with the medical and scientific establishment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.