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
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 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. Brooke plays a key role in the program and curriculum management process, and maintains ongoing engagement with our alumni in the field. Brooke is passionate about program development, student affairs, and assessment.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.