Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Steven Ralston, MD is a high-risk obstetrician with an interest in ethical issues around maternal autonomy, prenatal diagnosis, fetal therapy, and parental decision-making at periviable gestations. He has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and has been teaching in the HMS ethics curriculum since 2012.
Ellen M. Robinson is a graduate of the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, receiving her Masters in Cardiovascular Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1983, and her PhD in nursing with a focus on nursing ethics, in 1997.
Rosemary Ryan is a hospice and palliative care physician with considerable experience as medical director of hospital and home-based teams of caregivers providing end-of-life care in eastern MA. This work is integrated with health care ethics as co-chair of the Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital and member of ethics committees: Harvard Ethics Leaders, Partners Ethics Leaders, the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of MA, and several home health agency and clinic-related ethics committees.
James Sabin is Clinical Professor in the Departments of Population Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Ethics Program, a nationally recognized, highly innovative organizational ethics program. His major research interests are in the clinical and theoretical aspects of fair resource allocation, the role of consumers in overseeing health policy and practice, and the ways in which organizations can best deal with the ethical dimensions of their work.
Dr. Sadovnikoff received his MD from Brown University in 1984. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He joined the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine in 1998 and since 2002 has served as Co-Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Units. He is the founder and Program Director of the Anesthesiology Critical Care fellowship there.
Ameet Sarpatwari is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Assistant Director of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. His research draws upon his interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and lawyer and focuses on the effects of laws and regulations on therapeutic development, approval, use, and related public health outcomes.
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Dr. Sayeed completed his undergraduate degree in government at Dartmouth College in 1990, his law degree at the University of Michigan in 1993, and his medical degree at the University of Iowa in 2000. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, and remained there for a fellowship in perinatal-neonatal medicine. From 2005 to 2006 he was a clinical instructor at UCSF in the Department of Pediatrics and an adjunct lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Shirley Shalev, MA, PhD is affiliated with the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, while conducting her academic work at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. She also serves as Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the Women, Gender and Health Concentration at Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Her body of work focuses on medical technology, reproductive ethics and women’s health at the intersection of bioethics, science, and society – particularly in the fields of reproductive technology and applied genetics.
Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics; Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University
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.