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Bruce D. White, DO, JD
Director of Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College
Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 
Professor of Pediatrics, Albany Medical College

518.262.6082
whiteb@mail.amc.edu

Bruce D. White, DO, JD is a board-certified pediatrician, a pharmacist, and an attorney with fellowship training in clinical medical ethics.

Dr. White is professor of pediatrics and holds the John A. Balint Chair of Medical Ethics at Albany Medical College.

Preceding his appointment at Albany Medical College, he served as chair of the pediatrics department and directed the clinical ethics fellowship program at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, where he held faculty appointments as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science in the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska. From 1999-2013, he served as professor and director of the Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEaL) Institute at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Dr. White holds pharmacy and law degrees from the University of Tennessee. He began a pediatrics residency at Kosair Children's Hospital, the pediatric teaching hospital of the University of Louisville. He completed a fellowship in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Lastly, he received his Masters in Bioethics from Albany Medical College.  CV

John Balint, MD
Professor of Medicine, Albany Medical College

518.262.5378
balintj@mail.amc.edu

John Balint, MD, founder of the bioethics program, joined the faculty at Albany Medical College in 1963 as head of the Division of Gastroenterology. In 1981, he was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine. In 1994 he completed a one-year fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at the MacClean Center of the University of Chicago and established the Center for Medical Ethics Education and Research at Albany Medical College.

From 1960 to 1981, Dr. Balint directed a research program in lipid biochemistry funded by NIH grants. He served as Chair of the IRB in the early 1970s. He has published over 80 papers on lipid research and clinical gastroenterology in major journals. His current research interests include the patient–doctor relationship, the social responsibilities of physicians and stem cell research. He was the Founding Chair of the Ethics Committee of the AGA from 1994-99 and has been the Chair of the AASLD since 2000.

Dr. Balint is a graduate of Cambridge University with a BA in Natural Sciences and the MBB Chair in Medicine. Following 10 years of postgraduate training in the UK, he completed fellowships at the University of Cincinnati and Johns Hopkins University, followed by a faculty appointment at the University of Alabama Birmingham from 1960 to 1963.  CV

John Kaplan, PhD
Professor - Center for Cardiovascular Sciences, Albany Medical College
Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

518.262.5543
kaplanj@mail.amc.edu

John Kaplan, PhD is a Professor in the Center for Cardiovascular Sciences at Albany Medical College and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York School of Public Health. He also serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the Alden March Bioethics Institute.

He has developed and taught the scientific integrity curriculum at Albany Medical College and participates in a number of teaching venues for medical, graduate and allied health students and has including an active role in Health, Care and Society and Evidence Based Healthcare courses, in addition to scientific subjects.

Dr. Kaplan served as an Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at Albany Medical College. He participated in a grant sponsored by the Fogarty Center of the National Institutes of Health to establish online education in research ethics in Central and Eastern Europe. He also served as principal investigator multiple grants supported by the National Institutes of Health and nonprofit organizations including the American Heart Association. He has served on a consensus panel sponsored by the Office of Research Integrity to develop learning objectives for education in the responsible conduct of research.  CV

Wayne Shelton, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Albany Medical College
Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

518.262.6423
sheltow@mail.amc.edu

Wayne Shelton, PhD has authored or co-authored a number of papers in leading journals, and edited three books on a range of topics, including medical futility, organ transplantation and the physician-patient relationship. He was the Principal Investigator of a three-year research study in the Surgical ICU at Albany Medical Center, which focused how to improve communication with stressed families at risk for conflict. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Weill-Cornell Medical Center, Program in Medical Ethics, NYS Department of Health.

Dr. Shelton received his PhD from the University of Tennessee in philosophy and medical ethics. After teaching ethics and political philosophy at the university level, he completed an MSW with a concentration in health administration and policy, and a fellowship in clinical medical ethics in the Maclean Center For Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago. He has been at the Albany College since 1994.  CV


Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD
Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Albany Medical College

518.262.0239
campoel@mail.amc.edu

Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD is a bioethicist, whose current research areas include reproductive ethics, cancer ethics, ethics of the emerging technologies, and international bioethics (especially Costa Rica). She is the co-editor of a book on oncofertility and has been published in several leading journals in medicine, science, and bioethics including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Science, the Hastings Center Report, and the American Journal of Bioethics.

Dr. Campo-Engelstein is course director for the first two years of Health, Care and Society, the longitudinal bioethics and medical humanities course for medical students at Albany Medical College. She teaches Classic Cases in Bioethics and Reproductive Ethics for the AMBI Master’s in Bioethics Program as well as the Film and Medicine elective for the third and fourth year medical students.

Dr. Campo-Engelstein earned a M.A. and PhD from Michigan State University in philosophy with a focus on bioethics, feminist theory, and social/political philosophy. She completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine with appointments in the Oncofertility Consortium; Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program; Center for Bioethics, Science & Society; OBGYN Department; and the Program of Global Health.  CV

Paul Burcher, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Albany Medical College
Associate Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

518.262.9801
burchep@mail.amc.edu

Paul Burcher MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Bioethics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. He is the director of the human reproduction theme in the medical school’s basic science curriculum. Albany Medical College, in conjunction with Alden March Bioethics Institute, has an innovative four-year curriculum for bioethics and humanities, and he directs and teaches the third and fourth year component, “Health, Care and Society." Alden March Bioethics Institute also has a graduate program in bioethics, and here he teaches “Healthcare Justice,” “Ethical Issues in Special Populations,” and “Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics.” 

Dr. Burcher's publications have been on the doctor-patient relationship, physician empathy, and more recently on ethical issues in clinical obstetrics. He is currently involved in a research project studying cesarean section regret, in an effort to develop strategies to reduce dissatisfaction and regret among women who need to undergo cesarean section during labor. He remains clinically active as a Generalist Ob/Gyn, and enjoys teaching both medical students and residents. CV

Jane Jankowski, DPS, LMSW
Assistant Professor - Department of Medical Education, Albany Medical College
Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

518.262.7125
jankowj@mail.amc.edu

Jane Jankowski, DPS, LMSW is a Clinical Ethicist and manages the Clinical Ethics Consultation service at Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Jankowski was the Clinical Ethics Fellow in 2011-2012. She is the professor for Fundamentals of Clinical Ethics and serves as a preceptor for Health Care and Society with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year medical students. Dr. Jankowski co-teaches the Clinical Ethics On-Site Capstone. Prior to joining the staff at Alden March, Dr. Jankowski worked as a medical social worker in acute care settings and as a psychiatric social worker. Her research interests include the ethical dimensions of discharge planning and professional boundary issues in pediatric palliative care. She has presented on a variety of topics related to Clinical Bioethics regionally and nationally.

Dr. Jankowski graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with joint undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology, and later earned her MSW from the University at Albany. Dr. Jankowski also holds her MS in Bioethics from Union Graduate College and Mount Sinai Medical School as well as a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics from Albany Medical College.  CV


Zubin Master, PhD
Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

518.262.1548
masterz@mail.amc.edu

Zubin Master, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Alden March Bioethics Institute and Research Associate at the University of Alberta’s Health Law and Science Policy Group. He holds an undergraduate degree in genetics from York University and a doctorate in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Toronto. He completed post-doctoral fellowships in bioethics and health policy at Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Master also held posts as Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health and as Affiliate Investigator at the Sprott Centre of Stem Cell Research and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa. Prior to his return to academia, Dr. Master worked in policy development for the Canadian public service. As Senior Policy Advisor at Health Canada, he was responsible for developing regulations on assisted human reproduction and embryo research and subsequently led the development of the Health Canada Scientific Integrity Policy Framework.

At AMBI, Dr. Master teaches several courses in the Master of Science and Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics programs. He is also developing a new biomedical technology ethics course.

Dr. Master's areas of research interest include the ethics and policy of embryo and stem cell research, genethics, the ethics and governance of research involving humans, and the responsible conduct of research. He has published numerous articles in several top scientific, bioethics and law journals on a variety of topics such as stem cell tourism, translation and commercialization of stem cell research, assisted reproduction, biobanking, consent, multi-site variability in research ethics review, hype and public trust, and around issues of authorship and peer review in research. Dr. Master serves on several governmental and non-governmental committees and journal editorial boards.  CV

 

Luke Gelinas, PhD
Clinical Ethis Fellow & Instructor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College

518.262.1531
gelinal@mail.amc.edu

Luke Gelinas, PhD is the 2014-2015 Clinical Ethics Fellow at AMBI.  Before coming to AMBI Luke was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health.  Luke holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale.

Luke’s main areas of interest are normative ethics, bioethics, and moral psychology.  His current research involves attempting to understand the way that people actually make choices, as uncovered by the ‘heuristics and biases’ tradition in cognitive psychology and behavioral economics, and analyzing the implications of this literature for evaluative concepts such as autonomy and informed consent.  Luke has also been exploring the foundations and reach of the obligation to obtain informed consent in research with humans.  In normative ethics and moral psychology Luke’s research clusters mostly around the concept of virtue and the relation between virtuous action and other normative concepts, such as the right and the good.  He is thrilled to be participating in the Ethics Consult Service and part of the community at AMBI for 2014-2015. CV

Dan Thompson, MD, MA, FACP, FCCM
Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology - Department of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine, Albany Medical College
Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

Chairman, IRB, Albany Medical Center

518.262.5099
thompsdr@mail.amc.edu

 

Dan Thompson, MD, MA, FACP, FCCM wears many hats. He is a member of the IRB at the New York State Department of Health. He also is co-chair of the Upstate New York Consortium of Research Organizations IRB. In addition, he serves on the  Facilities Guidelines Writing Committee that is responsible for writing the guidelines for construction of health care facilities in the United States, and he serves as an expert consultant for the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.

Dr. Thompson earned a B.S. in Pharmacy from Ferris State University and was a practicing pharmacist in Michigan prior to earning an M.D. degree from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1973. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at St. John Hospital in Detroit and a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. While at the University of Pittsburgh, he was Associate Professor of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine. In 1998, he completed a Master of Arts in Health Care Ethics at Duquesne University and was Adjunct Associate Professor of Theology.

Dr. Thompson is certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and holds Fellowships from the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Physician and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Currently, Dr. Thompson is a graduate student studying conflict management at the Lipscomb University Institute.  CV

Evelyn M. Tenenbaum, JD
Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 
Lawyering Professor, Albany Law School

518.445.3375
etene@albanylaw.edu

Evelyn Tenenbaum, JD is a Professor at Albany Law School. She teaches Public Health: Ethics, Law, and Policy at the Alden March Bioethics Institute. She served in the Attorney General’s Office as a Section Chief and Assistant Solicitor General and was also a consultant to the New York State Department of Health. 

Ms. Tenenbaum has extensive experience handling and supervising health care litigation.  Her high-profile health policy cases covered areas including mandatory testing for AIDS, guidelines for office-based surgery, state sick leave policies, the constitutionality of closing bathhouses, reproductive policies at Catholic hospitals, and the Social Security Administration’s over-reliance on the treadmill exercise test. Her most recent article is, “To Be or To Exist: Standards for Deciding Whether Dementia Patients in Nursing Homes Should Engage in Intimacy, Sex, and Adultery,” 42 Ind. L. Rev. 675 (2009).

Ms. Tenenbaum taught Legal Aspects of Health Systems Management at Sage Graduate School and currently teaches Public Health Policy at Albany Law School.  CV

Lisa M. Lee, PhD, MS
Adjunct Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

202.233.2960
lisa.lee@bioethics.gov

Lisa M. Lee, PhD, MS serves as the Executive Director of the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Lee, who has a PhD from Johns Hopkins and an MS in Bioethics from Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College, is an epidemiologist, surveillance scientist, and public health ethicist.

Lee’s current work focuses on bioethics pedagogy and public health ethics. Her prior work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included the ethics of public health surveillance, scientific integrity, privacy and use of public health data, development and evaluation of surveillance systems, research on HIV and fertility, HIV/AIDS survival, HIV and tuberculosis, and data quality. During her 14 year career at CDC, she held several leadership positions, including the agency’s Assistant Science Officer, during which she led several agency and cross-agency committees working to establish and maintain an environment of scientific integrity and excellence. 

Lee is the lead editor of Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance, 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2010). She has authored numerous publications in both science and ethics, and has served as a peer and guest reviewer for many scientific conferences and scientific journals. She serves on the editorial board of two health journals and is the recipient of the 2014 Pellegrino Medal for excellence in bioethics. CV

Brannigan 

Michael C. Brannigan, PhD, MA
Adjunct Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 
Professor of Philosophy, The College of Saint Rose

518.485.3789
michael.brannigan@strose.edu

Michael C. Brannigan, PhD, MA  is the George and Jane Pfaff Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Values at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York—the first endowed chair in the college’s history. He specializes in intercultural bioethics. Born in Fukuoka, Japan, with expertise in medical ethics and cultural philosophies, he writes on intercultural perspectives regarding end-of-life, embodiment and identity, cultural competency, communication and ethics, health policies and human rights.

 Dr. Brannigan has served as Vice President for Clinical and Organizational Ethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Missouri, where he directed ethics education for hospital ethics committees throughout the region.  He also founded the Institute for Cross-Cultural Ethics at La Roche College, Pittsburgh.

Along with numerous articles, Dr. Brannigan's books include: Healthcare Ethics in a Diverse Society, Ethical Issues in Human Cloning, and Cross-Cultural Biotechnology and Ethics Across Cultures. His revised edition of Striking a Balance: A Primer on Traditional Asian Values will be published in November, 2010. He serves on the editorial boards of Health Care Analysis and Communication and Medicine, and speaks regularly at major national and international conferences.  CV

Leonard J. Nelson, III, JD
Adjunct Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 
Professor - Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

205.726.2410
ljnelson@samford.edu

Leonard J. Nelson, III, JD is a professor at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where he teaches torts and health care law. Additionally, he is a Fellow at the Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEaL) Institute at Samford University. Since 1987, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public health where he also serves as a Senior Scholar at the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy. Professor Nelson  is currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Lister Hill Center at UAB and as Vice Chair for the IRB at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Previously, Mr. Nelson served on the Ethics Committee at Carraway Medical Center in Birmingham. In 1998-1999, he was a Visiting Professor at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California.  From 1999-2004, he was a Summer Sessional Instructor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in Victoria, British Columbia, where he taught Comparative Health Law.

Mr. Nelson has his B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Washington, J.D. cum laude from Gonzaga University, and LL.M. from Yale Law School. In 1975-1976, he served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Charles F. Stafford at the Supreme Court of Washington. Professor Nelson has also completed the Summer Seminar in Clinical Ethics at the University of Washington. He has written articles on a variety of topics related to health care law that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews. His book, Diagnosis Critical: The Urgent Threats Confronting Catholic Health Care, was published in 2009.  CV

Marilyn Fisher, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Albany Medical College
Associate Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

518.262.5421
fisherm@mail.amc.edu

Marilyn A. Fisher, M.D., M.S. is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, at Albany Medical Center, where she has practiced for 23 years. 

The frequency of ethical dilemmas encountered in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit led Dr. Fisher to seek further education in the field of Bioethics. In 2004, she received her Master’s of Science in Bioethics from the Graduate College of Union University and Albany Medical Center.  She now uses her clinical ethics training regularly in the care of critically-ill neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as in dealing with ethical dilemmas involving the maternal-fetal unit.  She uses her research ethics background to serve on Albany Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects, and in the clinical research realm. 

Dr. Fisher mentors local college students pursuing clinical ethics research studies, an occasional Master’s student in Bioethics, and many medical students participating in the Ethics Scholar’s program.  She chairs a monthly NICU Ethics seminar for the pediatric physicians-in-training.  She has led numerous conferences for law students on Medical-Legal-Ethical dilemmas within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Fisher serves on the Institutional Ethics Committee at Albany Medical Center, the Pediatric Ethics Planning Committee, and the Pediatric Palliative Care Committee.  She has published on the topic of ethical considerations for the health care provider in caring for abused children.

Dr. Fisher’s areas of special interest include the informed consent process, futility at the brink of viability, and ethical dilemmas in the application of innovative fetal surgical therapies. CV

Thaddeus M Pope

Thaddeus M. Pope, PhD, JD
Adjunct Associate Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 
Associate Professor of Law,  Hamline University School of Law

651.523.2519
tpope01@hamline.edu

Thaddeus M. Pope, PhD, JD is Director of the Health Law Institute and an Associate Professor of Law at Hamline University School of Law. His research focuses on medical futility, internal dispute resolution, tort law, public health law, and normative jurisprudence. He previously was an Associate Professor at Widener University, and before that, was a litigation attorney with Arnold & Porter LLP and a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Dr. Pope is regularly invited to make bioethics presentations at hospitals and at academic and professional conferences throughout the United States.  He co-chairs the ASBH Law Affinity Group.  He sits on several ethics committees and IRBs.  And he is a board member of the Delaware End-of-Life Coalition.  Dr. Pope has authored dozens of law review, medical journal, and bioethics journal articles.  He has a regular “Legal Briefing” column in the Journal of Clinical Ethics.  And he blogs regularly at medicalfutility.blogspot.com. 

Dr. Pope earned an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.  He followed this with a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a PhD in Philosophy (bioethics concentration) from Georgetown University.  CV

 

Larry Bridgesmith, JD
Adjunct Associate Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

615.966.7145
larry.bridgesmith@lipscomb.edu 

Larry Bridgesmith, JD is the founding Executive Director, Senior Fellow and Associate Professor at the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University and the President of Creative Collaborations LLC. In addition to leading the international work of CCL, he is also of counsel to the Nashville, Tennessee law firm Miller & Martin LLC. Prior to joining Miller & Martin, he was the managing member of the Nashville office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith.

In 2001, Mr. Bridgesmith was named a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. He is regularly listed as one of America’s Best Lawyers, one of the Leading Lawyers for American Businesses and over the last several years listed as a SuperLawyer. In 2010 he was honored by LawDragon as one of the best 3000 lawyers in the US as measured by his peers and clients and awarded honorary fellowship status in the International Academy of Mediators, an invitation only association of the world’s leading mediators.

Mr. Bridgesmith earned his BA from Oakland University and his JD from Wayne State University School of Law.  He is a graduate of the Alden March Bioethics Institute Certificate program.  In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at AMBI, he is also an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, University of Tennessee College of Law and Southern Methodist University Institute for Dispute Resolution.  CV

Robert N. Swidler, JD, MA 
Adjunct Associate Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

518.525.6099
robert.swidler@sphp.com

Robert N. Swidler, JD, MA is the Vice President of Legal Services for St. Peter's Health Partners, a partnership that operates four Capital Region hospitals: St. Peter's Hopsital, Albany Memorial Hospital, St. Mary's Hopsital, and Samaritan Hospital, as well as nursing homes, home care, physician practices, and other health care facilities and services.

Previously, Mr. Swidler was General Counsel to Northeast Health (1998-2011), Counsel to the NYS Office of Mental Health (1992-95); Assistant Counsel to Governor Mario Cuomo (1990-92); and Staff Counsel to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law (1985-90). While at the Task Force, he helped develop proposals on brain death, do not resuscitate orders, health care proxies, organ transplantation and surrogate parenting arrangements that were later adopted as state legislation or regulations.

Mr. Swidler currently is Editor of the NYS Bar Association Health Law Journal, and the governor’s appointee to the NYS Task Force and Life and the Law. He is also the current chair of the legal committees of the Health Information eXchange of New York (HIXNY).  

In addition to being a member of the adjunct faculty of the Alden March Bioethics Institute,  Mr. Swidler a member of the adjunct faculty of the Union College/Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Medical Ethics Center. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School ('82), SUNY Binghamton (BA '77, MA '78) and Stuyvesant High School ('72).  CV

Sarah Scarpace, PharmD
Adjunct Associate Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College
Assistant Dean for Pharmacy Professional Affairs, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

518.694.7226
sarah.scarpace@acphs.edu

Sarah L. Scarpace, PharmD, BCOP is the Assistant Dean for Pharmacy Professional Affairs and Associate Professor at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and maintains a clinical practice at the Stratton Veterans’ Administration Medical Center in the outpatient Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Albany, NY. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research at Albany Medical College.

She collaborates with Dr. White in the Alden March Center for Biomedical Ethics, Albany Law School, and the Sage Colleges NP and DNS programs to offer an interprofessional course centered on ethics, public health, and interprofessionality.  She has a specific interest in training health care professionals to function in effective interprofessional teams to improve patient care.  The foundation for well-functioning teams is to establish a common framework of ethics, values, and an understanding of the role of various professions in optimizing health outcomes.

Dr. Scarpace is actively involved in professional organizations and has served in leadership positions with the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association; the New York State Council of Health-systems Pharmacists (Northeastern chapter); the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; and was appointed in April 2012 to co-lead the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing, Northeastern Region, NY.

Dr. Scarpace earned her PharmD from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and completed an oncology pharmacy residency at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.  Dr. Scarpace is also a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist.  She is currently completing a Masters of Public Health, epidemiology concentration, at the University at Albany School of Public Health (expected Spring 2013). CV

   

Linda MacDonald Glenn, JD, LLM
Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

802.999.8678 glennl@mail.amc.edu

Linda MacDonald Glenn, JD, LLM is a bioethicist, attorney, educator and consultant. She is a Women’s Bioethics Project Scholar and a Fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and formerly a fellow with the Institute of Ethics at the American Medical Association. Her research encompasses the legal, ethical, and social impact of emerging technologies and evolving notions of personhood.

Prior to returning to an academic setting, Ms. Glenn consulted and practiced as a trial attorney with an emphasis in patient advocacy, bioethical and biotechnology issues, end of life decision-making, reproductive rights, genetics, parental/biological “nature vs. nurture,” and animal rights issues. As such, she was the lead attorney in several cutting edge bioethics legal cases. She has advised governmental leaders and agencies, published numerous articles in professional journals and has addressed public and professional groups internationally.

In addition to her faculty appointment at the Alden March Bioethics Institute, Ms. Glenn has taught at the University Of Vermont College of Nursing, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola, the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School, and the University of Health Sciences Antigua. Her extensive experience and passion for the issues facing the legal and health care professions make her a compelling and thought-provoking lecturer.  CV

Ricki Lewis, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

518.210.2017
rickilewis54@gmail.com

Ricki Lewis, PhD has been a genetic counselor at CareNet Medical Group in Schenectady since 1984. Dr. Lewis teaches Genethics at the Alden March Bioethics Institute. Shas built an eclectic career around communicating science. Dr. Lewis is the author of Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, currently in its 9th edition from McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and co-author of two human anatomy and physiology textbooks. She is author of Stem Cells Come of Age (InSight Pharma Reports), the essay collection, Discovery: Windows on the Life Sciences (Blackwell Science), the novel, Stem Cell Symphony, and hundreds of articles. Dr. Lewis' book Human Genetics: The Basics will be published by Routledge Press in October, 2010 and her book The Forever Fix: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2011.

Dr. Lewis is a volunteer for Community Hospice in Schenectady, instructor for the Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning, and trustee of the Schenectady Museum. She is a frequent public speaker. Dr. Lewis recently started a website, www.rickilewis.com with a blog called GeneticsWatch. She earned her PhD in developmental genetics from Indiana University in 1980.  CV

Kathryn Hinsch, MS 
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

206.200.1101
khinsch@mazama.net

Kathryn Hinsch, MS has always been fascinated with technology; she joined Microsoft in late 1986 because she saw the potential for personal computing to change how we work and live.  In 1997, after the announcement that a sheep had been successfully cloned, the ethical implications of biotechnology became her passion because of its potential to change the way we think about being human and the nature of society.

Ms. Hinsch founded the Women’s Bioethics Project in June 2004 because of her concern that the rapid advance of biotechnology is quickly outpacing our ability as a society to absorb the affect it will have on our lives. From stem cell research to the Schiavo case to the recent media frenzy around "Octomom," bioethics has created a whole new world of issues and questions. Ms. Hinsch was particularly driven to include women’s voices and life experiences in debate and policymaking on bioethical issues because of how directly women’s bodies and roles are touched by them.

Ms. Hinsch was employed by Microsoft Corporation for 12 years prior to pursuing her passion for bioethics. Ms. Hinsch has a BA in Political Economy from the Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington; an MS in Bioethics, as well as a certificate in clinical ethics, from Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College, New York. Ms. Hinsch is an alumna of the Stanford Executive Program, an advisory board member of Science Progress, Center for American Progress, a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the Neuroethics Society. She was pursuing a Master of Divinity degree, with an emphasis on bioethics, at Harvard University before taking a leave to found the Women’s Bioethics Project.  CV

Margaret Lane, JD 
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

206.910.6599
mlane.llc@gmail.com

Margaret Lane, JD is a healthcare consultant and attorney with training in bioethics. She currently consults for the WA Vaccine Association, a nonprofit public-private entity supporting childhood vaccines and Allied Healthcare Advocates, a patient advocacy company. 

Ms. Lane serves on a statewide Health Information Exchange oversight board and is a workgroup member of the Assisted Reproductive Technology group of the nonprofit Legal Voice.  She has presented and facilitated at numerous conferences and meetings, and has had guest lectured in a graduate health course at the University of Washington.

Ms. Lane previously held corporate Vice President positions in Public Policy, Strategic Planning, and Product Development and practiced health care and corporate law in New York at a Wall Street law firm and at a Seattle health care law firm boutique.

Ms. Lane is a graduate of Stanford (AB, Political Science and Humanities Honors) and Northwestern Universities (JD).  Margaret has also completed the Summer Seminar in Clinical Ethics at the University of Washington.  Ms. Lane received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1990-91 to study bioethics in Melbourne, Australia, where she wrote several published articles on privacy and informed consent, patenting transgenic animals, and anencephalic infants.  Margaret was associated with the Law Reform Commission of Victoria and Monash University, where she studied with bioethicists Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer.  CV

Kathryn Payne, JD
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

615.202.9361
kprnjd@comcast.net

Kate Payne, RN, JD is Director of Ethics at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN. She is also an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Before taking her position at Saint Thomas, Ms. Payne was at the University of Chicago where she managed a Critical Care Unit and completed a fellowship in clinical medical ethics.  CV

Danielle Holley, JD, MS
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

518.462.5601
deholley@gmail.com

Danielle Holley, JD, MS is an associate at O'Connell & Aronowitz's in their Health Department.  She is the former Clinical Ethics Fellow at the Alden March Bioethics Institute.  She has published an article in the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology: "Balancing the Edge: The Implications and Acceptability of Off-Label Drug Use", 19 ALB. L. J. SCI. & TECH 633 (2009).  Ms. Holley also published an article with Sheila Otto, MA in the Spring 2011 edition of the NYSBA Health Law Journal entitled “Albany Medical Center Family Health Care Decision Act Algorithms.”  Her current research interests include the legal and ethical aspects of end-of-life care, health care reform, and the physician-patient relationship. 

Ms. Holley earned an undergraduate degree in Political Philosophy, Policy and Law with a minor in Bioethics at the University of Virginia.  She simultaneously followed this with a JD from Albany Law School with a concentration in health law, and a MS in Bioethics from Albany Medical College.  CV

Joshua E. Perry, JD, MS
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 
Assistant Professor of Business Law & Ethics, Kelley School of Business

812.856.0120
joshperr@indiana.edu

 

Joshua E. Perry, JD, MS has been an assistant professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana since 2009.  His research and teaching explore legal, ethical, and social policy dilemmas at the intersection of business, medicine, and law.  Prior to joining IU, he was on the faculty at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 2005-2009 and a member of both the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Ethics Committee and the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service.

Mr. Perry’s interdisciplinary scholarship exploring legal and ethical issues in medicine and the business of healthcare has been published in a variety of law reviews and peer-reviewed journals across the fields of business, medicine, law, and ethics.

Mr. Perry earned his BA from Lipscomb University, his JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law, and a Masters of Theological Studies (with a concentration in ethics) from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. He practiced law as a civil litigator for two years as a member of the Tennessee Bar prior to entering academe.  CV

 

Diane Plantz, MD, MA
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Medical Humanities, University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Medicine

816.234.3665
dmplantz@cmh.edu

Diane M. Plantz, MD, MA is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Mercy Hospital  and Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City, MO.  Since obtaining her Masters in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2005 she has been active in teaching bioethics to residents, fellows, medical students and masters students.  Diane is the course director for Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center Pediatric Bioethics Certificate Program where she instructs professionals from various backgrounds both nationally and internationally.  Since coming to Children’s Mercy in 2005, Diane has been an active member of the Children’s Mercy Ethics Committee and Institutional Review Board. CV

 

Dane Sommer, DMin
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 
Assistant Director of Bioethics Policy and Practice, The Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

816.234.3317
dsommer@cmh.edu  

Dane R. Sommer, DMin has been the Director of Chaplaincy Services at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics coming to Children’s Mercy in 2005, Diane has been in Kansas City, Missouri, since 1987.  He is also the Assistant Director of Bioethics Policy and Practice.  Dr. Sommer was the first full-time chaplain at Children’s Mercy.  The Department of Chaplaincy Services now includes seven full-time and four part-time chaplains. 

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, and his Master of Divinity Degree from the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minnesota.  He received his Doctorate of Ministry from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, completing a qualitative research project entitled “How Children Die:  A Narrative Review of Twenty-Two Pediatric Deaths.”  Dr. Sommer is a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association for Professional Chaplains, and has full standing in the United Church of Christ. 

Dr. Sommer was the founder and first president of the Pediatric Chaplains Network, an organization designed for support of the unique needs of chaplains who work in pediatrics.  He is a former member of the national UNOS Ethics Committee.  He currently serves as an adjunct professor of bioethics at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  He is a frequent lecturer on the theological and spiritual issues of working with hospitalized children.  His most recent focus has been on the issue of suffering and evil. CV

Marleen Eijkholt, PhD, LLM
Adjunct Instructor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College

518.262.1531
eijkhom@mail.amc.edu

Marleen Eijkholt, PhD, LLM, is the former Clinical Ethics Fellow at the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical Center. At AMBI, she seeks to learn from and consult on the ethical issues that arise in the practice of medicine. She will help developing a course in Neuroethics and contribute to institutional and hospital policies for the clinic and for research.

Before arriving at AMBI, Marleen was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Core for Neuroethics in Vancouver (Canada). She worked on a many projects, but her main project focused on the risks of experimental stem cell interventions for spinal cord injury, as perceived by individuals with a spinal cord injury and health care professionals. Marleen’s background is in law and bioethics, with a particular focus on international comparative health law, human rights and legal theory. Marleen has an LL.B/LL.M degree from the Maastricht University (NL), and a PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence from the University of Manchester (UK). At both institutions she held associate lecturer positions and was awarded several prestigious grants, amongst which the ‘Talent for the Future’ scholarship in Maastricht. She was at the Bioethics Committee of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (FR) from January to April 2010. Marleen combines legal, theoretical, philosophical and ethical approaches in her work, and is excited to be involved in the practical side of clinical ethics.  CV

Hayley Dittus-Doria, MPH
Instructor - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research, Albany Medical College 

518.262.2639
dittush@mail.amc.edu

Hayley Dittus-Doria, MPH is the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at the Alden March Bioethics Institute.

Ms. Dittus-Doria earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Business at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  Soon after that, she earned her Master of Public Health degree at the State University of New York - University at Albany. 

Ms. Dittus-Doria has been at Alden March Bioethics Institute since 2007, when she worked as the Editorial Assistant for the American Journal of Bioethics.  After taking time off to complete her Master's degree, she has returned to the Institute in the role of Graduate Studies Coordinator.  Ms. Dittus-Doria was a discussion group preceptor for 1st and 2nd year medical students enrolled in Health Care and Society courses.  She also serves as a teaching assistant in several online bioethics graduate courses at the Alden March Bioethics Institute.  CV

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