David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), Executive Director
Dr. David Stevens is the Executive Director for the American Academy of Medical Ethics and Chief Executive Officer of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. Dr. Stevens has conducted several interviews, including CBS Evening News, ABC World News, MSNBC, BBC-World Television, CNN Sunday Morning, Newsweek, FOX News, PAX-Television, Tech TV, Associated Press, JAMA, USA Today, Family News in Focus, National Public Radio and many other national outlets. Prior to his service with CMDA, Dr. Stevens served as medical director of Samaritan’s Purse. In Somalia, Dr. Stevens led an emergency medical team that treated 45,000 suffering Somalis in the midst of war. In the Sudan, medical teams under his leadership treated over 25,000 villagers to stop the spread of an epidemic. From 1981 to 1991, Dr. Stevens was a missionary doctor at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya where he served as Medical Superintendent and Executive Officer. At Tenwek, he directed a $4 million development plan, secured the installation of an $850,000 hydroelectric plant, oversaw the start of a nursing school and doubled the size of the hospital. The community healthcare and development programs he designed at Tenwek are currently reaching more than 100,000 Kenyans and serve as an example of what medical outreach in the developing world can accomplish.
Dr. Stevens’ experiences provide rich illustrations for inspirational and educational presentations at seminars, medical schools, conferences and churches. His topics include stem cell research, human cloning, genetics, faith and health, physician-assisted suicide, international and community-based healthcare, emergency medical relief, abortion and other medically related subjects. He is the author of Jesus, MD and Beyond Medicine, co-author of Leadership Proverbs, a regular contributor for East TN Medical News and writes many chapters and magazine articles. He is in demand to preach at local churches and mission conferences. Dr. Stevens holds degrees from Asbury University, is an AOA graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is board certified in family practice. He earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Trinity International University in 2002, serves on the board of World Gospel Mission and is vice chair of the board of Asbury University. He has regularly taught at the Christian Medical & Dental Associations' educational seminars for missionary physicians and dentists in Kenya, Malaysia and other forums. He currently serves as a Fellow of the Biotechnology Policy Council of the Wilberforce Forum. Dr. Stevens and his wife, Jody, have a son, Jason, and two daughters, Jessica and Stacy, and four grandchildren.
Margie Shealy, Executive Vice President
Margie Shealy is the Executive Vice President for the American Academy of Medical Ethics. She has developed grassroots campaigns in the states of California, Hawaii, Missouri, Vermont and Washington to stop physician-assisted suicide, cloning and embryonic stem cell research.
Prior to her tenure with the American Academy of Medical Ethics, she was employed by Wellmont Health System and earlier in her career by CBS-affiliate WJHL-TV.
She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor's degree in mass communications and speech. In 2012, she was inducted into ETSU's Department of Communications Hall of Fame.
Arthur James Dyck, PhD
Arthur James Dyck, PhD, graduated with highest honors from Tabor College with a bachelor's degree in sociology. He then earned master's degrees in psychology and philosophy from the University of Kansas before completing his PhD in religious ethics from Harvard University. His thesis was titled, "A Gestalt Analysis of the Moral Data and Certain of Its Implications for Ethical Theory."
Dr. Dyck has enjoyed professorships of social ethics, philosophy and psychology at Harvard, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Kansas. He has been the Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics at the Harvard School of Public Health since 1969, Co-Director of the Kennedy Interfaculty Program in Medical Ethics at Harvard since 1971 and a member of the Harvard Divinity School faculty since 1965. Author of four books and co-author one, Dr. Dyck is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Public Health Association, the Society of Christian Ethics and other organizations. He and his wife Sylvia have twin daughters, Sandra and Cynthia, and they live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
John F. Kilner, PhD
John F. Kilner, PhD, is the President and CEO of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, Illinois. Author of numerous articles in medical, public health, legal, religious and ethics journals, he has written or edited 15 recent books.
His interests have been shaped significantly by extended periods of study and research in inner-city Boston, Kenya and Switzerland. A frequent speaker and seminar leader, he most commonly addresses issues related to healthcare reform and resource allocation, age-based and other forms of rationing, treatment termination, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, human cloning, assisted reproduction, genetic intervention, stem cell research, ethical methodology, cultural values and social change.
Before joining The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Dr. Kilner was Senior Associate at The Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University Medical School, both in Chicago. Prior to his move to the Chicago area, he was an associate professor of social and medical ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary, directed the ethics grand rounds program at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, taught medical ethics as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky and served as hospital ethicist for St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to directing the Center, Dr. Kilner is Forman Chair of Ethics and Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.
After completing a BA degree (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) at Yale University, he earned an MDiv degree (summa cum laude, valedictorian) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also holds an AM and a PhD "With Distinction" in religious ethics, with an emphasis in bioethics, from Harvard University. While there, he received the Newcombe, Danforth, Eisenhower, DeKarman, Roothbert, Merit, Howe and Sheldon awards.
Alvin H. Moss, MD
Alvin H. Moss, MD, is the Director of the Center for Health Ethics and Law and a Professor of Medicine at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a practicing internist, nephrologist and palliative care specialist. His interest in medical ethics grew out of his involvement with renal dialysis and transplantation.
He was a participant in the National Leadership Training Program for Physicians in Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Dr. Moss is the chairman of the Hospital Ethics Committee and medical director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service at West Virginia University Hospitals. He is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care and is certified by the American Medical Association's Education Program for Physicians in End-of-Life Care (EPEC). He chaired the working group of the Renal Physicians Association and the American Society of Nephrology that developed the clinical practice guideline, "Shared Decision Making in the Appropriate Initiation of and Withdrawal from Dialysis." He chaired the End-Stage Renal Disease Peer Work Group for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded national program, Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, which published recommendations to the field on how to improve end-of-life care for dialysis patients.
His research interests include dialysis ethics, advance care planning and improving care at the end of life. He and his wife Marlene have six children.
Robert Orr, MD, CM
Dr. Orr received his MD, CM, from McGill University in 1966, did residency training in family medicine and then engaged in the private practice of family medicine in Brattleboro, Vermont, for 18 years. He was named Vermont Family Doctor of the Year in 1989. A growing interest and involvement in medical ethics led him to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago (1989-1990). From 1990-2000, he was the Director of Clinical Ethics and Professor of Family Medicine at Loma Linda University in Southern California. He was honored by the AMA in 1999 when they gave him the Isaac Hays & John Bell Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism.
In 2000, he returned to Vermont as Director of Ethics at Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont College of Medicine where he continues to provide bedside ethics consultations and teach.
Dr. Orr has co-authored two books, co-edited two others, contributed nine book chapters and written more than 100 articles related to clinical ethics, the ethics consultation process and issues in terminal care. He has lectured on these topics regionally, nationally and internationally. He chaired the Council on Ethical Affairs for the California Medical Association, and was Vice President of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities. He has served on the Ethics Commission of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations and served as chairman of that commission from 1991-1994.
John J. Paris, SJ
John J. Paris graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in history, then continued at Harvard University where he earned an AM in government/education. He also earned a PhL in philosophy from Weston College, a master's degree in theology from Boston College and a master's and PhD in social ethics from the University of Southern California. He has enjoyed fellowships with Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Southern California, University of California, Holy Cross College and Georgetown University.
Paris was a consultant for the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1982-83 and served on the advisory panel on "Issues in Technology and Aging" for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment from 1985-87. He was a consultant for the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging from 1986-88, served on the LORAN Commission, Harvard Community Health Plan, 1985-88, and also as a consultant for the Harvard Community Health Plan from 1988-90. Paris has authored approximately 145 publications, participated in 74 court hearings and been involved with 57 legal consultations. He is currently the Michael P. Walsh Professor of Bioethics at Boston College, and Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Rebecca D. Pentz, PhD
Becky Pentz is Professor of Hematology and Oncology in Research Ethics at Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. She does empirical ethics research on such issues as informed consent, phase 1 research (first use of a drug in humans) and genetic confidentiality, as well as helping researchers with their protocols to make them ethically sound. In 2000, she moved to Atlanta from Houston where she was the Clinical Ethicist at MD Anderson Cancer Center. As Clinical Ethicist, she worked closely with patients and families, offering help for those struggling with end of life issues.
Pentz has several national commitments. She is on the St. Jude Data Monitoring Committee. She is also on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s and the Children’s Oncology Group’s ethics committees. She sits on two Centers for Disease Control IRBs, including the one that reviews bioterrorism research. Her greatest joy is when one of these national meetings is held in the same town as one of her out-of-town daughters, Amy at Stanford University and Jessica at the University of San Francisco Medical School. The oldest daughter, Sarah, is home attending a joint law and theology program at Emory. With a 26-year-old at home, Becky now has added watching The Bachelor and lifting weights to music in Body Pump to her weekly schedule.
Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD
Dr. Sulmasy, a Franciscan Friar, holds the Sisters of Charity Chair in Ethics at St. Vincent’s Hospital—Manhattan, and he serves as Professor of Medicine and Director of the Bioethics Institute of New York Medical College. He received his AB and MD degrees from Cornell University and completed his residency, chief residency and post-doctoral fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He received his PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1995, where he served as Director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics and Senior Research Scholar of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
Dr. Sulmasy is a Fellow of the Hastings Center and member of the Board of Advisors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He is the author of a book on spirituality for healthcare professionals, entitled The Healer’s Calling, and is co-editor of the text Methods in Medical Ethics. He serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. His numerous articles have appeared in medical, philosophica, and theological journals, and he has lectured widely both in the U.S. and abroad.
Carol Taylor, CSFN, RN, MSN, PhD
Sister Carol Taylor, CSFN, is an ethicist (Senior Research Scholar, Center for Clinical Bioethics and Kennedy Institute of Ethics) and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Georgetown University. Carol has a PhD in philosophy with a concentration in bioethics from Georgetown University and a master's degree in medical-surgical nursing.
Experienced in caring for patients who are chronically and critically ill and their families, Carol now works closely with healthcare professionals who are exploring the ethical dimensions of their practice. She lectures and writes on various issues in healthcare ethics and serves as an ethics consultant to systems and professional organizations. A founding member and Director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at the Georgetown University Medical Center, Carol teaches bioethics in the medical and nursing schools, is a member of the ethics committee and consult team, conducts ethics rounds and case presentations and develops professional seminars in healthcare ethics for healthcare professionals and the public. Carol coordinates the Values-Based Health Care initiative at Georgetown. Her research interests include professional and organizational ethics and healthcare decision-making.
Gerald Winslow, PhD
Gerald Winslow is Professor of Christian Ethics at Loma Linda University. He is also Vice President for Spiritual Life of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center.
He received his undergraduate education at Walla Walla College and his master's degree at Andrews University. He earned his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. For the last 30 years, he has specialized in teaching and writing about ethics, especially biomedical ethics. His books include Triage and Justice, published by the University of California Press, and Facing Limits from Westview Press. His articles have appeared in academic journals such as the Western Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Pediatrics, The Hastings Center Report, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and General Dentistry. He has presented lectures and seminars at universities and for professional groups throughout North America and in Australia and Europe, and he currently serves as an ethics consultant to a variety of organizations, including Blue Shield of California, Roche Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly. He is a founding member of the California Technology Assessment Forum, a public forum for the evaluation of new healthcare technologies.
Professor Winslow is married to Dr. Betty Wehtje Winslow, who teaches community health nursing at Loma Linda University. The Winslows have two daughters: Lisa, who is a computer software engineer, and Angela, who is an occupational therapist.