February 17, 2023

Three MEHP Faculty elected Hastings Center Fellows

The Hastings Center is pleased to announce the election of 12 new fellows. Hastings Center fellows are a group of more than 200 individuals of outstanding accomplishment whose work has informed scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, science, and technology. The new fellows focus on a broad range of topics, including disability and justice, legal history of the American eugenics movement, gender and reproductive medicine, transplantation, ethics consultation, theological ethics, global health and research ethics, mental health care, and dilemmas posed by neurological impairments.

Emily A. Largent, PhD, RN, is the Emanuel and Robert Hart Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and she holds a secondary appointment at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her research examines ethical and regulatory issues arising in human subjects research, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease research. Her work is supported by grant awards from the National Institute on Aging. She is a member of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program class of 2023 and the 2023 recipient of the Baruch A. Brody Award and Lecture in Bioethics. Her work has been published in leading bioethics and biomedical journals, including the Hastings Center Report, American Journal of Bioethics, New England Journal of Medicine, and JAMA. She is co-author of Clinical Research Ethics Consultation: A Casebook (Oxford University Press). https://medicalethicshealthpolicy.med.upenn.edu/faculty-all/emily-largent

Peter Reese, MD, PhD, is professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. He a transplant nephrologist, bioethicist, clinical trialist, and an advocate for equitable health care. He is a leader in research on transplantation, in empirical and conceptual work on the applied ethics of transplantation, and in mentoring trainees and junior faculty working on the ethical dimensions of transplantation. He has received research awards from the American Society of Nephrology and the American Society of Transplantation. In 2011, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to early-stage scientists. More recently, he was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation. He served as chair of the ethics committee and on multiple other policy-making committees for the United Network for Organ Sharing – the organization responsible for U.S. organ transplantation policy, providing fundamental ethics guidance related to a range of problems, including refinement of the organ allocation system and the treatment of living organ donors. His research has often combined ethics and epidemiology to demonstrate that, with a robust informed consent process, many patients can benefit from transplantation using organs that were previously discarded, such as organs from donors with hepatitis C virus infection. https://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/g275/p6153261

Dominic Sisti, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care and holds secondary appointments in the department of psychiatry, where he directs the ethics curriculum in the residency program, and in the department of philosophy. He examines ethical and policy challenges in mental health care, including long-term psychiatric care for individuals with serious mental illness and clinical ethics issues in correctional settings. Sisti’s research also explores ethical issues in psychedelic research and clinical application. His writing has appeared in medical and bioethics journals such as JAMAJAMA PsychiatryPsychiatric Services, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Medical Ethics. He is co-editor of three books, including Applied Ethics in Mental Healthcare: An Interdisciplinary Reader (MIT Press).  https://medicalethicshealthpolicy.med.upenn.edu/faculty-all/dominic-sisti  

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