January 11, 2021
Scott Halpern, Jennifer Prah Ruger Elected Hastings Center Fellows
Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE, John M. Eisenberg Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, MSc, MA, MSL, Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, have been elected as two of the 14 new Hastings Center fellows.
Drs. Halpern and Prah Ruger join more than 200 fellows whose work has “informed scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, science, and technology.” According to the Hastings Center website, the fellows’ “common distinguishing feature is uncommon insight and impact in areas of critical concern to the Center–how best to understand and manage the inevitable values questions, moral uncertainties, and societal effects that arise as a consequence of advances in the life sciences, the need to improve health and health care for people of all ages, and mitigation of human impact on the natural world."
Dr. Halpern is the founding Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center, a member of the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics (CHIBE)'s internal advisory board, a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), and a practicing critical care physician at HUP.
Dr. Prah Ruger is the Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy, School of Social Policy and Practice, and founder and director of the Health Equity and Policy Lab.