Robert M. Veatch, Ph.D., is Professor of Medical Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Community and Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. In addition to receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion and Society (medical ethics) from Harvard University, Dr. Veatch holds a master's degree in Pharmacology from the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. His primary research interests include transplantation ethics, ethical issues in death and dying, and issues of consent in therapy and human subjects research.
One of the pioneers of contemporary medical ethics, Dr. Veatch served as an ethics consultant in the early legal case of Karen Ann Quinlan, the woman whose parents won the right to forgo life-support (1975-76), and testified in the case of Baby K, an anencephalic infant whose mother argued for a right of access to continued ventilatory support (1994). From 1981 to 1982, he served as a consultant to the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical Research.
Dr. Veatch is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Death, Dying, and the Biological Revolution; A Theory of Medical Ethics; The Foundations of Justice; The Patient as Partner: A Theory of Human Experimentation Ethics; Cross Cultural Perspectives in Medical Ethics; Transplantation Ethics; Disrupted Dialogue: Medical Ethics and the Collapse of Physician/Humanist Connection; a number of collections of Case Studies in various areas of health care and biomedical ethics; and, recently, Patient, Heal Thyself: How the "New" Medicine Puts the Patient in Charge.
From The Kennedy Institute for Ethics (http://kennedyinstitute.georgetown.edu/ourpeople/veatch.cfm)
Dr. Rich is an attorney with a doctoral degree in philosophy. He has substantial experience in both private practice and as a legal counsel for several leading academic medical centers. His special interests include the legal and ethical aspects of the physician-patient relationship, end-of-life care and pain management. He received the Mayday Scholar's Award and the University of Colorado President's Fund for the Humanities Award. Dr. Rich is working to further develop the UC Davis Bioethics Program and its training of medical staff, students and other professionals. He earned his bachelor's degree from DePauw University in 1969.
From The University of California, Davis: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/facultybio/search/faculty/625/?searchtype=all
Dr. Wright specializes in Medical Ethics and Neuroanesthesia in the Ascension Health System, St. Vincent Health, Indianapolis. After graduating from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Wright completed a fellowship in Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago and a Palliative Care/Hospice Fellowship at Harvard University.
Dr. Wright was the physician ethicist in the Lillian Dennis Trisomy 18 case that came before the Ethics Committee at St. Vincent Health. This case brought national attention to the many ethical questions surrounding the intervention and treatment of Trisomy 18 in neonates. A link to the video documentary of this case follows.
Dr. Caplan, Ph.D., is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Caplan is also the founding Director of the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at NYU. Prior to coming to NYU he was the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics and the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Caplan also taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He was the Associate Director of the Hastings Center from 1984-1987. Born in Boston, Caplan did his undergraduate work at Brandeis University, and did his graduate work at Columbia University where he received a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science in 1979. Caplan is the author or editor of twenty-five books and over 500 papers in refereed journals of medicine, science, philosophy, bioethics and health policy. He writes a regular column on bioethics for MSNBC.com. He is a frequent guest and commentator on National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and many other media outlets. He has served on a number of national and international committees including as the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning, the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Human Services on Blood Safety and Availability and the special advisory panel to the National Institutes of Mental Health on human experimentation on vulnerable subjects.
From The Global Bioethics Initiative
Kelley Benham has been a writer and editor at the Tampa Bay Times since 2003.
She grew up in Clearwater, Florida and discovered journalism at 15 attending the High School Writer’s Camp at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg. She earned journalism degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Maryland. As a writer for the Times, Kelley has reported from the delivery room and the death chamber, and from at least five strip clubs in two states. She is the winner of numerous awards for her work, including the Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing, the National Headliner Award, the Green Eyeshade Award and the American Association of Sunday and Feature Writers awards for general feature and short feature. As Enterprise Editor, she edited two series that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize: "Winter's Tale" in 2009 and "For Their Own Good" in 2010. Over the years, she has taught writing at conferences across the United States and in South Africa.
She is married to former Times journalist Thomas French, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Angels and Demons" in 1998.
Kelley wrote the three-part series Never Let Go that explores the medical and ethical issues related to micro preemie babies, focusing on the story of her daughter’s birth. Juniper weighed one pound and four ounces when she was born four months early.