Archive of Past Scholars

Visiting Scholar Archive

Robert G. Whiteman
Yale-Hastings Scholar
9/12 - 6/13

Robert G. Whiteman, JD, MA (Theology), MS (Bioethics), has combined a long-standing interest in law and medicine into a career as a healthcare and medical malpractice defense attorney and recently earned a graduate degree in bioethics from Columbia University. He has designed and taught Legal Aspects of Healthcare Organizations at St. John’s University and has lectured on legal issues to national medical societies. He has devised curriculum and implemented courses in Philosophy and Criminal Justice for the U.S. Navy aboard deployed warships. He has a keen interest in end-of-life issues particularly with respect to physician’s assistance in the dying process. He is also interested in the epidemic of obesity particularly with respect to children and the indications for bariatric surgery in that population. A recent work “Medical Tourism and Bariatric Surgery” was published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, the journal for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.


Victoria Koszowski
Yale-Hastings Scholar
8/20/12 – 9/1/12

Victoria Koszowski, MBE is a PhD candidate at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Victoria has a decade of corporate experience in the pharmaceutical industry, where she worked as a pharmacovigilance policy writer. She received her Master’s degree in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Global Framework Fellowship, bringing her to Ghana to work with sickle-cell children at a hospital in Kumasi. This experience was life-changing and contributed to Victoria’s current research interests, which are corporate philanthropy and global healthcare and policy. Victoria’s PhD project is titled: ”An Ethical Analysis of Retention Strategies for Discouraging the Flight of Human Capital in Health Care.”   


Katie Watson
Yale-Hastings Scholar
4/15/12 – 4/21/12

Katie Watson, JD, is the Editor of Atrium, a healthcare magazine started by professional & graduate students at Yale in 2007. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.


Joseph Balog
Yale-Hastings Scholar
3/19/12 – 4/27/12

Dr. Joseph E. Balog received his doctoral degree in health education from the University of Maryland. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science at The College at Brockport, State University of New York where he has also served as Chair of the department and as the Associate Director of the Child and Adolescent Stress Management Institute. As a member of the American Association of Health Education Ethics Committee, he worked to established ethical standards for the field of health education. He also served on the Joint Committee for the Development of Graduate Level Preparation Standards sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education and the American Association for Health Education to establish competencies, including ethical competencies, which are used throughout the country for certification of professionals and for accreditation of professional health education programs. In addition to teaching and service activities, he has been active in research and his publications have addressed the areas of ethics, public health and health education. One of his recent works, The Moral Justification for a Compulsory Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Program,” was published in The American Journal of Public Health, the premier journal in public health.


Daniel Brauer
Yale-Hastings Scholar
3/5/12- 3/25/12

Daniel Brauer is Research Assistant at the Center for Medical Law, University of Göttingen (Germany). He is Project Coordinator for the sub-project on family and medical law of the Center’s research project on “Autonomy and Trust in Modern Medicine.”


Sheelagh McGuinness, LLB, MA, PhD 
Yale-Hastings Scholar
2/6/12 – 3/4/12

Sheelagh McGuinness is University Fellow at the Centre for Health Law, Science and Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research focuses on ethical and legal issues related to regulation of embryos in reproduction.  


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John Coggon
Yale-Hastings Scholar
2/6/12 – 3/4/12

John Coggon is a research fellow in interdisciplinary bioethics at the Institute for Science, Ethics, and Innovation at the University of Manchester, UK. His work focuses on questions in legal, moral, and political theory. He has published works on various issues in law and bioethics. The principal focus of his current work is on public health law and ethics, with his publications on the subject including his book “What Makes Health Public?” (Cambridge University Press, 2012).


Mirko Daniel Garasic
Yale-Hastings Scholar
11/15/10 – 2/15/11

Dr. Garasic is an Erasmus Mundus Fellow at the Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University. His current research focuses on human enhancement, biopolitics and medical ethics. His doctoral work took him to three continents, first as a visiting scholar at the Ethox Centre, Oxford; then as a scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; and finally  (on a Fulbright Scholarship) as a Yale/Hastings Fellow.


Celia Kitzinger 
Yale-Hastings Scholar
10/24/11 - 10/28/11

Professor Celia Kitzinger is a social psychologist with a long history of research on gender, sexuality and health, including conversation-analytic research on counseling interactions for women traumatized by childbirth and on heteronormativity in doctor-patient interactions. She began researching issues around brain injury (collaboratively with Professor Jenny Kitzinger at Cardiff University) after their sister, Polly, suffered profound brain injuries in a car crash in 2009.



Iolanda Severino
Yale-Hastings Scholar
8/28/11 – 9/15/11

Iolanda Severino is a lawyer admitted to the Bar of Milan (Italy), Ph.D. and research fellow in Administrative Law at the Catholic University of Milan. She is currently working as a researcher at Istituto Auxologico Italiano where she is involved in the research project “Biobanks: Dialogue and Care”, financed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research. She is carrying out a comparative study on the legal and administrative aspects of biobanking.



Maria-Isabel Tamayo-Velazquez
Yale-Hastings Scholar
6/30/11 – 7/1/11

María-Isabel Tamayo-Velázquez is a graduate of Psychology and holds a PhD in Medicine from the University of Grenade-Spain in 2010. She worked in Florida for Interventions Services, Inc in 2003 and 2004 as a Child Specialist with Project Phoenix. Since 2005 she works at the Ethics Department of the Andalusian School of Public Health in Spain. She has worked in several research projects on bioethics. Some of these projects are currently related to end-of-life decision making, advance directives, palliative care, use of opioids, informed consent and Ethics Committees. Her teaching experience has been focused in end-of-life decision making, advance care planning, situation and legislation of euthanasia and assisted suicide in different countries.



Michal Raucher
Yale-Hastings Scholar
6/6/11 – 6/22/11

Michal Raucher is a PhD candidate at Northwestern University.


Brittany Rush
Yale-Hastings Scholar
6/13/11 – 6/16/11


Misao Fujita
Yale-Hastings Scholar
12/1/10 – 12/12/10


Louise Doris
Yale-Hastings Scholar
12/1/10 – 12/3/10



Laura Mauldin
Yale-Hastings Scholar
11/1/10 – 11/19/10

Laura Mauldin is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY.


Leonard Kahn
Yale-Hastings Scholar
3/19/10 – 3/28/10

Leonard Kahn is an Associate Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.



Mariassunta Piccinni
Yale-Hastings Scholar
12/4/2009 – 12/11/2009

Mariassunta Piccinni is a research fellow at the Department of Comparative Law, University of Padua.


Patricia Walsh
Yale-Hastings Scholar
11/3/09 – 11/24/09


Peter Burkli
Yale-Hastings Scholar
8/31/2009 – 9/30/2009


Angela Ballantyne 
Donaghue Visiting Scholar

Angela Ballantyne is originally from New Zealand, where she gained her BSc in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Victoria University. She subsequently received her Ph.D. in Bioethics from Monash University (Australia). During her doctorate program she spent a year undertaking research at Imperial College London. Angela’s work focuses on research ethics, and questions of global health and justice; and she has worked in a wide range of international settings, including Australia, England, and Europe.

In 2004 she was awarded the Monash-WHO Fellowship to spend three months at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. This led to an appointment in 2005 as the Technical Officer for Genetics and Ethics for the Human Genetics unit at WHO, where she worked on projects concerning the ethical, legal, and social issues associated with medical genetics. Before comingto Yale, Angela was working on a research ethics project, funded by the Australian government, investigating the inclusion of women as research participants in Australia, Canada, and the United States. She is currently a chief investigator on another Australian Research Council funded project looking at the commercialization of altruistically donated biological samples (including human eggs and embryos) for research.

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Ruth Purtilo 

Ruth B. Purtilo has a distinguished career in ethics with a sustained research focus on human rights in health, disability and professional ethics practicesand policy. In recent years she has joined with others who are exploring theglobal ethical and social challenges of dementias.

In addition to her present positions in Boston, Massachusetts and Burlington,Vermont, Ruth’s academic career in ethics has included 11 years as Director and Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Endowed Professor in Ethics, Creighton University Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Omaha, Nebraska. Ruth is a fellow of the Hastings Center. Among her board appointments she currently serves on the Harvard Divinity SchoolLeadership Council and is President-Elect of the HDS Alumna/e Board. She was a member of the Clinton Health Care Task Force.

Dr. Purtilo and her husband, Vard Johnson (Yale ’60), direct a non-profit organization, “Fighting Chance for Children.” She holds four honorary doctorates for her contributions. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Harvard Divinity School in 1991 for “hercommitment to healing and persistence in championing the patient as a person”. In 1983 she was awarded the Nellie Waterman Prize for Research in Ethics by the American Federation for Clinical Research for her article predicting major ethics challenges that the (then) new disease AIDS would pose.

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David Koepsell 
Donaghue Visiting Scholar

David is an author, philosopher, and attorney whose recent research focuses on the nexus of science, technology, ethics and public policy. He is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Delft University of Technology and Senior Research Fellow of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology.

In addition to his time at Yale, David’s previous academic appointments include being a Visiting Professor, University of Health Sciences, Antigua in May 2008; Research Asst. Prof., Dept. of Philosophy, Adjunct Asst. Prof., Learning and Instruction, Adjunct Instructor, Interdisciplinary Degree Programs, and Coordinator, Graduate Research Ethics at SUNY Buffalo from 2003 to 2008; Research Scientist, UB Task-Force for Ontology-Based Studies in Psychiatry (Classification of Diseases and Disorders) from Sept. 2007 to Apr. 2008, and Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, SUNY Buffalo State College in the fall of 2005.

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Karen Lebacqz 

Karen Lebacqz is Robert Gordon Sproul Professor of Theological Ethics (Emerita) at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.  Dr. Lebacqz is a member and former chair of the Geron Ethics Advisory Board; Co-editor of The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate (MIT Press); Former Commissioner of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, and a member of QUASAR, the UCC Task Force on Science and Religion.

Her life-long commitment to issues of social justice takes shape in three primary areas of writing and teaching: professional ethics, bioethics (especially questions around genetics and the Human Genome Project), and ethical theory (particularly justice and questions of method in ethics). Her publications include more than six books, among them Justice in An Unjust WorldSex in the Parish, and the recent Ethics and Spiritual Care co-authored with PSR Associate Professor Joseph D. Driskill. Her dozens of essays in bioethics, feminist ethics, and sexual ethics have been published in scientific journals, church magazines, and international contexts.

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Holmes Rolston 
Environmental Ethicist-in-Residence

Holmes Rolston is University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He has written six books, acclaimed in critical notice in both professional journals and the national press. The more recent are: Genes, Genesis and God (Cambridge University Press, 1999), Science and Religion: A Critical Survey (Random House, McGraw Hill, Harcourt Brace), Philosophy Gone Wild (Prometheus Books) Environmental Ethics (Temple University Press), and Conserving Natural Value (Columbia University Press). He has edited Biology, Ethics, and the Origins of Life (Jones and Bartlett, Wadsworth). He has written chapters in eighty other books and over one hundred articles. Environmental Ethics, Philosophy Gone Wild,and Genes, Genesis and God are in Chinese translation.

Rolston was awarded the Templeton Prize in Religion in 2003, awarded by H.R.H. Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace. He was awarded the Mendel Medal by Villanova University in 2005. Rolston has spoken as distinguished lecturer on all seven continents. He gave the opening conference address to the Royal Institute of Philosophy annual conference, Cardiff, Wales, 1993. He was Distinguished Lecturer in Beijing, China, at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Philosophy. He participated by invitation in pre-conferences and the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, 1992, where he was an official observer. He spoke at the World Congress of Philosophy, Moscow, 1993, and again in Boston, 1998.

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J. Baird Callicot 
Visiting Professor of Environmental Ethics

Baird Callicott is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas. He was Vice President and then President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics from 1994 to 2000. He was a professor of Philosophy and Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1969 to 1995 where he taught the world’s first course in environmental ethics in 1971.

Callicott completed his undergraduate work in philosophy at Rhodes College in 1963, and received his Ph.D in philosophy from Syracuse University in 1971.

Callicott’s work has been at the forefront of the new field of environmental philosophy and ethics. Callicott’s In Defense of the Land Ethic (1989) explores the intellectual foundations of Aldo Leopold’s land ethic and provides a more complete philosophical treatment. His Beyond the Land Ethic extends Leopold’s environmental philosophy. He is the author of numerous publications on environmental ethics.

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Jacqueline Fox 
Donaghue Visiting Scholar

Jacqueline Fox joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina School of Law as an assistant professor in 2005. She currently teaches health law, a seminar on bioethics and torts and has also taught administrative law. In addition to her time at Yale, she also completed a 2-year post-doctoral Greenwall Fellowship in bioethics and health policy at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

Before entering academics, Fox practiced health law in a solo practice, representing patients around the United States in their dealings with third party payers and transplant list placements. Immediately following law school, she was an associate at Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC. She received a JD (cum laude) and LLM from Georgetown University School of Law and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Fox’s scholarship interests are focused on health law, primarily the relationships between justice, ethics, regulatory structures and markets. Her current scholarly work is in two areas. The first concerns the relationship between pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers on one hand, and human research subjects on the other. The second is an ongoing examination of the choices we make regarding how to handle diseases that are introduced into humans through environmental vectors, for example wild migratory birds and avian flu.

While at Yale, she facilitated a conference, based on an article she had authored, for the purpose of figuring out how Medicare can be changed so that cost considerations can be utilized.

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Samuel Gorovitz 

Samuel Gorovitz is Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University and Founding Director of the Renée Crown University Honors Program.  Gorovitz was a leader in the development of the field of medical ethics.

His publications include more than one hundred and twenty articles, reviews and editorials in philosophical journals, medical journals, public policy journals, and newspapers. He is a co-author of Philosophical Analysis (Random House, 1964, 1969, 1979) and an editor of several anthologies. His two most recent books are Doctors’ Dilemmas: Moral Conflict and Medical Care ( Oxford , 1985) and Drawing the Line: Life, Death, and Ethical Choices in an American Hospital (Oxford, 1991; Temple 1993).

In fall 1996, he served as the Baker-Hostetler Professor of Law at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, and in fall 1998 was Visiting Scholar in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University.  Since 1988 he has served, by gubernatorial appointment, on the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.  He was Dearing-Daly Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the SUNY Upstate Medical University from 2001-2004 before joining us here at Yale.

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Chalmers Clark 
Donaghue Visiting Scholar

Chalmers C. Clark, PhD, is Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at Union College and Participating Faculty Member of the Union Graduate College. His background is in naturalized epistemology and biomedical ethics. Chalmers received his PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), and has been Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Ethics of the American Medical Association and Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University in addition to a Visiting Scholar here at Yale.

His interest is to extend epistemological holism into the domain of moral and political thought. The result has been research and publication in several interdisciplinary forms. Current work centers on trust relations in the professions (medicine especially), the professions as stewards of public trusts, and the role public trusts play in the basic structure of a free society. After class, Chalmers practices (not plays) the violin, runs (slowly), and looks for short cuts to logic problems.


Celia Fisher 

Celia B. Fisher is Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology and Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education is a member of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), Co-Chair of the SACHRP Subcommittee on Research Involving Children, Vice-Chair of the APA   Insurance Trust, and a founding editor of the journal Applied Developmental Science.

With support from NICHD she has studied how to assess and enhance research consent capacity of adults with developmental disabilities. With funding from NSF and NIH she has developed research ethics instructional materials for undergraduates, graduate students, senior scientists, and IRBs and examined parent-child perspectives on the ethics of adolescent risk research.

Her current federally funded projects include Mentoring the Responsible Conduct of Research (NIAID), Participant Perspectives on Drug Use and Related HIV Research (NIDA) and the Fordham Alcohol Prevention Program (NIAAA).

In July 2001 she co-chaired the APA , NIMH, and Fordham Ethics Center sponsored national conference on Research Ethics for Mental Health Science Involving Ethnic Minority Children and Youth (American Psychologist, December 2002).  She has developed assessment instruments to evaluate how teenagers and parents from different racial/ethnic backgrounds prepare for and react to racial discrimination, examined the validity of child abuse assessment techniques in institutional and forensic settings, and family attitudes toward involvement of adolescents in decisions to participate in pediatric cancer research.