Past News

August 29 2019

Nicholas (Nick) Colgrove, PhD, is joining as a Post Doc Fellow the Graduate Program in Bioethics and the Department of Philosophy.

  He recently completed his PhD in philosophy at Baylor University, where he spent the last four years teaching courses in bioethics. As a teacher, he is especially invested in crafting courses and seminars that serve the needs and interests of his students and better equip them to pursue the particular goals they have set for themselves.   At Baylor, he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in Spring 2019. Over the last few months, he has had a handful of articles accepted for publication in Journal of Medical Ethics and Journal of Medicine & Philosophy (among others).   Lately, his work has been devoted to beginning of life issues as well as the role of religious perspectives in clinical practice. Looking ahead, he plans to investigate the impact of emerging reproductive technologies on the concepts of birth and personhood, as well as various points of intersection between medical practice and virtue theory.      
February 7 2019

Mark Hall, a professor with the Wake Forest School of Law and Wake Forest School Medicine, has been named the lead reporter of the medical liability sections of the Restatement Third of Torts, by the American Law Institute.  He will lead the effort to develop official text that informs all U.S. courts on the legal principles governing medical liability.  Hall is a faculty researcher at Wake Forest School of Medicine and is the director of the Health Law & Policy Program at Wake Forest School of Law.  He is also a professor with the University’s MBA program and Graduate Program in Bioethics

January 22 2019
  This summer the Bioethics Graduate Program will offer new ONLINE course options for Graduate CERTIFICATE students unable to attend on campus.  Click here for application details.
November 30 2018

Hailey Cleek's blog post on "Ohio's 'Fetal Heartbeat' Bill and the Effort to Restrict Abortion Access <>" has been published by the Bill of Health blog at Harvard Law School.

November 12 2018
  This law review was partially funded by the Wake Forest University's Center for Bioethics, Health & Society.   The authors are Christine Nero Coughlin, JD, Professor of Legal Writing, Wake Forest School of Law; Nancy M P King, JD, Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health and Society; Melissa McKinney, Wake Forest School of Law. The review was featured in The Regulatory Review.
August 15 2018

Congratulations to our Graduate Bioethics & School of Law student Hailey Cleek!

  This summer Hailey competed against medical, PhD and other Law Students to tie first for an  American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Student Paper Award.  ASBH recognizes up to three papers for writing clarity and quality, development of the argument, integration of the literature, and novelty/insight of the contribution.   Hailey's paper was titled:  The Price of Rights: Centering Class in Contraception Access In light of recent health care changes in the United States, contraception accessibility is uncertain. In this piece, Hailey explored how scholarship that has analyzed access to contraception exclusively as a sex equality issue fails to adequately consider poor and marginalized women. The sex equality framework too readily disregards socioeconomic constraints for women seeking contraception.   Hailey used Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw’s intersectionality theory to illuminate the shortcomings of the sex equality framework for contraception access. As an illustration of how a sex equality framework can fail to consider class issues in another context, she describes the shortcomings of the Family and Medical Leave Act in addressing the needs of families. Further, she discusses how the Supreme Court has increasingly disregarded economic considerations when addressing access to contraception. Finally, she argues that by including socioeconomic considerations, courts may better recognize the full range of adverse effects that result from restricting contraception access.   Hailey is the Senior Articles Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review and Editor-in-Chief of Awaken: The Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics.
May 16 2018
  The Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health & Society was delighted to hear that on 16 May 2018 the Hastings Center announced their new Fellows and Dr Ana Iltis was among them.  Hastings Center Fellows are a group of individuals of outstanding accomplishment, whose work has informed scholarship and/or public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research, and the environment.   Ana S. Iltis, PhD, is the director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society and a professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University. She is the cofounder and coeditor of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics and a senior associate editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Her work focuses primarily on the ethical conduct of human research, including research involving children, first-in-human studies, mental health research, informed consent, and risk in research decision making. She is currently studying the ethical, legal, social, and policy implications of revising the 14-day limit on embryo research as well as ethical issues in transplantation.
May 8 2018
  Congratulations to Ana Iltis, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, who has been named the inaugural Carlson Professor in University Studies, effective July 1, 2018.   The Carlson Professorship is awarded to an outstanding teacher-scholar who is engaged in exemplary interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and student mentorship. Professor Iltis holds a PhD in Philosophy from Rice University. Prior to joining Wake Forest University in 2010, she was Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics and PhD Program Director at the Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. She also held an appointment in the Department of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, where she taught research ethics.   She has published widely in the fields of philosophy bioethics, in such journals as the Journal of Medicine and DeathJAMA, and The Lancet. Professor Iltis serves on several National Institutes of Health data safety monitoring boards and holds an expansive range of editorial positions, including: Co-Editor of the Annals of Bioethics book series (Routledge), Senior Associate Editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press), and Co-Editor of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (Johns Hopkins University Press).   In addition, Professor Iltis is the President-Elect of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She is an excellent and innovative teacher as well as an outstanding mentor. Her course offerings have included a First Year Seminar entitled “Living Longer, Living Better: Ethics, Biotechnology, and Human Enhancement,” as well as upper division and graduate courses, such as “Philosophical Theories in Bioethics,” “Concepts of Health and Disease,” and “Bioethics Theory.”
April 17 2018
  Blake Winston, MA (13) was selected by the American Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) to be the Chair of Professionalism and Ethics for the 2018-19 academic year.  He will be heading the Professionalism and Ethics Action Committee.  Blake is currently studying at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dothan, Alabama.
March 29 2018
  Wake Forest School of Medicine, Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine   One of the top student research projects nationwide accepted for participation in the 22nd Annual Posters on the Hill comes from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Summer Scholar alumnus Margaret vanSchaayk and Wake Forest University graduate student in the Masters of Bioethics Program.   Posters on the Hill is sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) which is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research and scholarship. vanSchaayk’s poster was selected from among 400 competitive applications which were narrowed to just 60. Her poster is titled, “Effects of Bioactive Molecules on Skeletal Muscle Development in 3D Bioprinted Muscle Constructs.”   vanSchaayk participated in WFIRM’s Summer Scholars 2017 program where she spent 10 weeks in the lab working on 3D bioprinted muscle constructs with faculty mentors Sang Jin Lee, Ph.D. and Ji Hyun Kim, Ph.D. She graduated last May from Wake ForestUniversity where she earned a bachelor’s in communication with minors in chemistry and biology and has continued her research at WFIRM. She will graduate with her Masters in Bioethics in May and then apply to medical school.   “It is always exciting and gratifying when a student achieves such an honor,” Lee said. “We are very excited for Margaret to represent WFIRM at this prestigious event.”   She will attend the 22nd Annual Posters on the Hill, which will take place on April 17-18, 2018, in Washington, D.C. This popular, annual event gives students the opportunity to showcase their research to congressional members, meet with their representatives, and learn about advocacy for undergraduate research.  
April 3 2018
Congratulations are due to Hailey Cleek, a student in Wake Forest University’s JD/MA in Bioethics joint degree program, & the Senior Articles Editor on the Wake Forest Law Review's Board of Editors has won first place in the 2018 Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law, co-sponsored by If/When/How, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law (CRRJ).   If/When/How’s letter stated: “Your submission, Borders Across Bodies: Assessing the Balance of Expanding SCHIP Coverage at the Expense of Advancing Fetal Personhood stood out among an impressive showing by other writers. We received many excellent papers that demonstrated solid research, innovative ideas, sharp legal analysis, and excellent writing skills – and yours was the most remarkable.”
February 19 2018

Congratulations Hailey! Hailey Cleek, a student in Wake Forest University’s JD/MA in Bioethics joint degree program,  has been appointed the  Senior Articles Editor on the Wake Forest Law Review's Board of Editors. The Senior Articles Editor works with other Articles Editors on Law Review to evaluate articles for possible publication. The Senior Articles Editor contacts authors in order to make publication offers and to consummate any agreements to publish. After consulting with the Articles committee and with the Editor in Chief, the Senior Articles Editor may extend an offer to a potential author. To submit an article for consideration, please see Scholastica. The Wake Forest Law Review is a legal periodical typically published five times a year: September, October, December, April, and May. The Law Review contains articles written by legal scholars, judges, practitioners, and academics, as well as case notes, comments, and empirical studies written by students of Wake Forest University School of Law.
January 1 2018

Ana Iltis, PhD, Director for the Center for Bioethics, Health and society has been elected as a Fellow of The Hastings Center.  We would like to congratulate her on this recognition.  The Hastings Center was founded in 1969.  It is the world’s first bioethics research institute. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of research scholars from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, law, political science, and education.
August 22 2017
  The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) has announced that Ana S. Iltis, PhD, Wake Forest University Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society, has been elected by its members to the position of ASBH President-Elect.  Bioethics is the study of ethical issues relating to health care, biotechnology, and medical research, including issues such as decisions at the end of life, stem cell research, genetics and genomics, health policy, and fair access to treatment.  ASBH is the leading US professional association devoted to bioethics and the medical humanities. The President-Elect serves for 2 years alongside the current President, and then serves a 2-year term as President, so Dr. Iltis will become President of ASBH in 2019.   In addition, Danish Zaidi, MTS, MBE, a second-year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine, has been elected to serve as the student member of the ASBH Board of Directors.   The election of a Wake Forest faculty member and student to these national leadership positions is just one sign of the growing importance of the institution’s contributions to bioethics scholarship and practice.  In addition:       Mark Hall, J.D., Fred and Elizabeth Turnage Professor of Law and Public Health and co-director of the WFU Graduate Program in Bioethics, was elected two years ago to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine and was appointed last year as the only Senior Nonresident Fellow in Health Policy at the Brookings Institution    

Nancy M. P. King, J.D., Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy and co-director of the Graduate Program in Bioethics and the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, was appointed two years ago to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections which advises the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on the oversight of research with human subjects.

    John Moskop,Ph.D., Wallace and Mona Wu Chair in Biomedical Ethics, Professor of Internal Medicine, and Chair of the WFBMC Clinical Ethics Committee, is serving a second term as an Officer of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care, which is devoted to improving professionalism in all health-related fields through education, scholarship and public policy.

August 9 2017
Hailey Cleek, a student in Wake Forest University's JD/MA in Bioethics joint degree program, was selected to join the Wake Forest Law Review.  The Law Review provides the legal profession with timely evaluations of current problems in the law and serves students as a valuable educational experience.  Congratulations Hailey! Hailey is also the Editor in Chief of Awaken - The Creative Journal of Contemporary BioethicsThis  is a first-of-its-kind online journal at Wake Forest University dedicated to exploring and understanding the field of bioethics through the publication of creative, fictionalized short stories. The stories published in Awaken utilize the creative literary process to discover and expound upon contemporary bioethics issues.
May 17 2017
To what lengths should we go to preserve human life? This is a question many are asking after hearing that three men plan to make medical history by conducting the first human head transplant. Or, rather, whole body transplant. Italian neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero and Chinese surgeon Dr. Xiaoping Ren plan to provide a Russian volunteer, Valery Spiridonov, a new body. During the procedure, Spiridonov’s body and head would be detached and, with the help of a crane, surgeons would move the head and attach it to the donor body. But is this ethical? Should they proceed? For the whole article go here. Also a 30th May 2017 article on Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Center blog
Baker Institute for Public Policy blog
May 3 2017
  Christine Nero Coughlin, JD, Professor and Director, Legal Research & Writing Program, School of Law, Graduate Program in BIoethics Faculty & Core Faculty Member of the Center for Bioethics Health & Society   The Legal Writing Institute, the nation's large legal writing organization, has chosen Professor Chris Coughlin as the recipient of the 2017 Mary S. Lawrence Award.  The Award will be presented to Professor Coughlin at the 2017 Association of Legal Writing Directors Conference in Minneapolis this July.   The Mary S. Lawrence Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a combination of pioneering scholarship and innovative curriculum or program design.  It is named for Professor Emerita Mary S. Lawrence, a former longtime director of the LAWR program at Oregon Law.  It is understood that Mary S. Lawrence will be in attendance when Professor Coughlin receives the Award in July; what a special moment that will be!   The LWI Awards Committee said in an online statement that Professor Coughlin was chosen for the Award in part for her lead authorship of the first-year legal writing text A Lawyer Writes.  Profess or Laura Graham says, “from experience that Professor Coughlin's text was a game-changer in first-year LAWR classes around the country.”  The Committee also recognized Professor Coughlin's curricular innovations at Wake Forest, of which her colleagues have all been the beneficiaries, and her influence as a mentor in the legal writing field. Professor Graham goes on to say, “I don't need to tell you all how beloved Professor Coughlin is as a teacher, a colleague, a mentor, and a friend to all of us here at Wake Law.  She brings out the best in everyone she encounters, and I know we all are happy that the national legal writing community has formally recognized what we at Wake have always known.”  
October 1 2016
Nancy King, JD and program alumna Chris Bishop, MD, MA began work this fall on a North Carolina-based 5-year research project called Early Check, which is intended to track disorders that can be identified by newborn screening but are not yet in state-mandated newborn screening panels.  King and Bishop are key members of the project team devoted to addressing the ethical, legal, and social implications of the project, which also involves UNC School of Medicine and is led by Research Triangle International.
January 31 2017
A review article on editing the Genome - by Nancy King, MA student Doug Lemley, MD, and Pat Lord, PhD will be published in the spring 2017 issue of Current Genetic Medicine Reports. "Editing the Genome: Prospects, Progress, Implications, and Cautions” is a review of gene editing research that provides an overview of the technology and its history and speculates about its future.
September 28 2016
This was a paper originally published in Studies in Ethics, Law & Technology 1, no.1 2007 and is now a chapter in The Ethics of Sports Technologies & Human Enhancement (Routledge) 2016.
November 16 2016
The Graduate Program in Bioethics will be featured in an article in the Spring 2017 (February) Wake Forest Magazine.  If you wish to read the full article, here is the link.
October 3 2016
Mark Hall, the director of the law school’s Health Law and Policy Program, has been appointed as the only Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution, part of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank’s Economic Studies research program.
March 22 2016
    Just published book written by our very own John Moskop, PhD, He is the Professor of Internal Medicine and Wallace and Mona Wu Chair of Biomedical Ethics at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He chairs the Clinical Ethics Committee at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and serves on the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is the author of more than one hundred articles and book chapters on a broad range of topics in bioethics. About the book Who should have access to assisted reproductive technologies? Which one of many seriously ill patients should be offered the next available transplant organ? When may a surrogate decision maker decide to withdraw life-prolonging measures from an unconscious patient? Questions like these feature prominently in the field of health care ethics and in the education of health care professionals. This book provides a concise introduction to the major concepts, principles and issues in health care ethics, using case studies throughout to illustrate and analyze challenging ethical issues in contemporary health care. Topics range widely, from confidentiality and truthfulness to end-of-life care and research on human subjects. Ethics and Health Care will be a vital resource for students of applied ethics, bioethics, professional ethics, health law and medical sociology, as well as students of medicine, nursing and other health care professions. For more details please go here.  
March 21 2016
JONATHAN KAHN, JD, PhD, James E. Kelley Chair in Tort Law, & Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota Dr. Kahn is a thoughtful and prolific scholar and critical thinker, who specializes in addressing biotechnology’s implications for our ideas of identity, rights, and citizenship, with a particular focus on race and justice. In particular, his work combines law, policy, biology, and bioethics to address the challenges posed by racial categorizations and genetic associations in the pharmaceutical industry. Refreshments to follow Tuesday 5 April 4:00-5:00 pm Room 4001, 525@Vine Winston-Salem NC, 27101 (WFU Downtown Campus)
February 17 2016

SUSAN E. LEDERER, PHD Robert Turrell Professor and Chair, Department of Medical History and Bioethics University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lederer photoDr. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics, and Chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is spending the spring semester at UNC-Chapel Hill as the 2016 UNC-Duke Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Dr. Lederer is the author of numerous important articles and books examining the history of medicine and medical research; medicine and society in twentieth-century America; race, medicine, and public health; medicine and popular culture; research ethics; and the history of medical ethics. She is currently at work on a biography of Dr. Henry Beecher. Her lecture revisits his classic 1966 article on

research ethics in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Thursday 3 March 4:00-5:00 pm Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404 Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University Reception to follow
October 8 2015

Nancy King, JD, Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society and Graduate Program in Bioethics, Wake Forest University, has been appointed by US Dept of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) for a 4-year term beginning 21st October 2015. The SACHRP provides expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS on issues and topics pertaining to the protection of human research subjects. The Committee was created in 2001. To date SACHRP has focused its attention on areas such as research involving children, prisoners, and individuals with impaired decision-making capacity; informed consent and the use of biospecimens; harmonization of human subjects regulations and guidance; the reduction of regulatory burden; the HIPAA Privacy Rule; community-engaged research, and accreditation. In upcoming meetings, SACHRP will discuss recommendations to HHS about the recently released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on changes to the federal regulations for human subjects research.
October 6 2015
The Wake Forest Law School's Health Law and Policy Center has issued a report on "enrollment deficits" under the Affordable Care Act,  in North Carolina's rural counties.  Prepared with support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, this report focuses on the unenrolled population that is potentially eligible for subsidies through the "marketplace" exchange -- in order to better target outreach and enrollment efforts. Enrollments Deficits under the Affordable Care Act - October 2015 - Edwin Shoaf, Research Associate and Mark A. Hall, Professor of Law & Public Health, Wake Forest University School of Law.
July 28 2015
Mark A. Hall, JD, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society faculty member and Jacob Perrin, MA, University of North Carolina, alumnus of the Graduate Program in Bioethics jointly published an article " Irregular Migrant Access to Care:  Mapping Public Policy Rationales" - Oxford Journals, Arts & Humanities & Medicine Health, Public Health Ethics, Vol. 8, Issue 2, Pp 130-138.
Abstract Both the USA and Europe limit access to care by undocumented immigrants (‘irregular migrants’ or IMs). In the debate over what level of access to confer to IMs, there are various public policy rationales operating either explicitly, or below the surface, ranging from minimalist humanitarianism to full cosmopolitan equality, with several intermediate positions between these two poles. This article informs the international debate by providing a conceptual mapping of these underlying policy rationales. Each position is based on different lines of reasoning or bodies of evidence, and each leads to somewhat different conclusions about the extent to which IMs should have access to different types of health care.

It is unlikely that broad consensus will be achieved in this ongoing debate. However, by articulating the ethical, legal, pragmatic and conceptual reasons to support or oppose various positions, we hope to help determine where in the landscape of reasoned argument various positions lie, and how each position might be best supported or refuted. In particular, we see in this debate an illustration of Michael Walzer’s classic analysis of competing spheres of justice. Various positions depend to a considerable extent on whether their advocates approach this issue from the health policy sphere rather than the sphere of immigration policy, or whether they attempt to blend the two spheres.

For the full article:  Irregular Migrant Access to Care: Mapping Public Policy Rationales
May 4 2015
Mark Hall, JD Professor, School of Law and Faculty member of the Graduate Program in Bioethics at Wake Forest University commented on an article by Elisabeth Rosenthal in the SundayReview of the New York Times, dateline 2 May 2015. To read the full article click here.
April 30 2015
Edwin Shoaf, Health Law and Policy Research Associate and Mark A. Hall, Professor of Law & Public Health, both of Wake Forest University's School of Law will be releasing this report. To read the Medicaid Reform Brief click here.
April 30 2015
Noon-1:05pm Comprehensive Cancer Center, 10th Floor Conference Room, 10C Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC Effective risk communication is essential in clinical care, biomedical research and public health.  Yet there are numerous barriers to communicating risks in ways that patients and research subjects can readily understand and use in making health care choices.  This presentation will explore the importance of effective risk communication, identify common challenges that professionals confront in communicating risks and propose strategies to improve risk communication.  
April 20 2015
On Friday, 17th April, the Wake Forest University's Board of Trustees approved Ana Iltis' promotion to Professor as a member of the Department of Philosophy.
April 2 2015
Pat Lord and Ana Iltis have a hit on their hands. Almost three years ago, students in Lord’s virology class came up with the idea of creating “Dining Dilemmas: Bioethics in the Pre-Health Professions.” Held once a semester, it’s a program that is sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society and designed to encourage students, especially those planning a career in health care, to talk about medical ethics. To read more please click here.
March 19 2015


Life is the Thing that Thrives: FaithHealth from Memphis to East Winston

Monday, 20 April, 5:00-6:00 pm Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404 Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University

Gary Gunderson, M.Div., D.Min., D.Div. Vice President of Faith & Health Ministries, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine and School of Divinity, Wake Forest University

lDr. Gunderson oversees spiritual care services for patients, families and staff at WFBMC. He also nurtures the relationship with more than 4,200 Baptist congregations throughout North Carolina and other large networks of our patients’ faith groups. He became involved in public health by working with former President Jimmy Carter in Atlanta. For a decade, he directed the Interfaith Health Program at The Carter Center. For the next seven years, he served as senior vice president of the Faith and Health Division of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn., where he helped develop a new model of congregational health, FaithHealth, that achieved measurable improvements in the health of patients in Memphis congregations, including significantly increased longevity, lower mortality and a nearly 40 percent longer time before readmission. The FaithHealth model of care is now underway here in the Triad adapting to the distinctive opportunities and historic challenges.

Reception to follow

February 24 2015
Michael Tennison, MA blogs on the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain & Behavior website on the topic of "Tune in, Turn on ....and Train your Brain?". "In the early 1990s, visionary futurist Terence McKenna hypothesized that two seemingly disparate modalities of consciousness alteration and extension—drugs and computers—might ultimately converge.  If he were still alive today, even Terence might be surprised at the accuracy of his assessment." To read more click here.
February 23 2015

At Convocation on Thursday, 19th February 2015 Dr. Ana Iltis, Associate Professor of Philosophy received the URECA Faculty Award. In addition to teaching, she serves as the Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society. One senior, who first met Professor Iltis as a first-year student, said, “I have grown as a researcher, writer, and student. The horizons of my education have been expanded and my boundaries of study stretched. None of this would have been possible without Dr. Iltis’ mentorship. Her unique outlook on the topics she teaches combined with her willingness to assist and encourage have afforded me opportunities I otherwise would have never had.”

Dr. Iltis receiving her award from President Hatch:

Ana Iltis receiving URECA award from President HatchFor further news of other awards at Convocation please click here.

January 12 2015

We invite you to participate in a Symposium addressing…..

Ebola: At Home And Abroad February 12th & 13th, 7:00-8:30 pm Kulynych Auditorium, Byrum Welcome Center Wake Forest University

To learn more about Ebola please click here.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 Introduction: Pat Lord, PhD, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University Ana Iltis, PhD, Director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society; Department of Philosophy, Wake Forest University

Panelists Jon Abramson, MD, Pediatrics, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Christine Bishop, MD, Pediatrics, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Christine Coughlin, JD, School of Law, Wake Forest University Nathan Plageman, PhD, Department of History, Wake Forest University

Q&A/Discussion Reception to follow in the Conservatory of the Byrum Welcome Center

Friday, 13 February 2015 Introduction: Pat Lord, PhD, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University Ana Iltis, PhD, Director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society; Department of Philosophy, Wake Forest University

Panelists Adam Bjork, PhD, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Nancy King, JD, Co Director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine Ajay Patel, PhD, School of Business; Director, Center for Enterprise Research & Education, Wake Forest University

Q&A/Discussion Reception to follow in the Conservatory of the Byrum Welcome Center

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December 2 2014
The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities held this year on the 16th-19th October 2014 in San Diego, CA was well represented by the following from the Wake Forest University Graduate Program in Bioethics. Graduate Students were sponsored by Wake Forest University’s Center for Bioethics Health & Society. ASBH 2014 for website-1_Page_1 ASBH 2014 for website-1_Page_2
October 28 2014
  JOIN US FOR A BIOETHICS LECTURE: Reflections on Procreative Ethics   Thursday, 13 November, 4:00-5:00 pm Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404 Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University DAVID DE GRAZIA, PhD Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University and Senior Research Fellow, Department of Bioethics, National Institute of Health d_degrazia       David DeGrazia is an American moral philosopher specializing in bioethics and animal ethics. He is Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University, where he has taught since 1989, and the author or editor of several books on ethics, including Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status (1996),Human Identity and Bioethics (2005), and Creation Ethics: Reproduction, Genetics, and Quality of Life (2012). DeGrazia is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health Reception to follow    
October 20 2014

Professor Mark Hall named among newest members of the Institute of Medicine

Professor Mark Hall
Professor Mark Hall
Wake Forest University Law and School of Medicine Public Health Sciences Professor Mark Hall has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a subset of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Hall, the Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law, is one of the nation’s leading scholars specializing in law, health care delivery, economics and bioethics. The Wake Forest community has high regard for Hall who, according to the IOM, is the only Reynolda Campus faculty member and the fifth School of Medicine faculty member to be elected to the Institute. Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh praised Hall’s election to the IOM, stating, “Mark Hall is a virtuoso scholar and colleague. His is among the most prominent scholarly voices nationally on contemporary health-policy and health-law issues. Somehow he also manages to sustain a deeply devoted student following; serve as a key member of Wake Forest’s Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, which he helped found; and contribute in myriad ways to enhancing the life of both our law and medical schools–as one example, he is vice-chair of the search committee for a new law school dean.  What a magnificent choice for this high academic honor.”   Click here for full story:  Professor Mark Hall, JD named to Institute of Medicine
October 20 2014
JOIN US FOR A BIOETHICS LECTURE: The Challenge of Medical Humanities in Medical Education Thursday, 23 October, 4:00-5:00 pm Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404 Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University ART DERSE, MD, JD, FACEP Julia & David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities, Professor of Bioethics & Emergency Medicine, Director of the Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin Arthur Derse is the Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities, and Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Derse is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Veterans Health Administration, ' member and past chair of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member of the board of the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics. Reception to follow For further information about the Bioethics Seminar Series, please contact Stephanie Reitz: or 758-4256.
September 26 2014
JOIN US FOR A BIOETHICS LECTURE:  Ethical Issues in Comparative Effectiveness Research Thursday, 9 October, 4:00-5:00 pm, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University ALAN FLEISCHMAN, MD Clinical Professor of Pediatrics & Clinical Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York Many health care facilities and medical practices are doing more and more research designed to increase understanding of current “standard of care” treatments: how well they work, how much they cost, whether their benefits can be increased and their side effects reduced. Although it seems we should already know the answers to those questions, many medical treatments have been introduced into practice without a lot of formal research, for both historical and practical reasons. Comparative effectiveness research compares different standard treatments to answer some or all of these questions. Yet it has sometimes been controversial, raising questions like “Is this really research, or is it treatment, or both?”, and creating confusion about what is known and not known already, what should be disclosed in the consent form and process, and sometimes whether informed consent is needed at all. Everyone who might in the future be a patient, a research subject, a health care provider, a researcher, or an IRB member should be interested in learning more about ethical issues in comparative effectiveness research. Reception to follow For further information about the Bioethics Seminar Series, please contact Stephanie Reitz: <> or 758-4256. Website:
September 3 2014

JOIN US FOR A BIOETHICS LECTURE:                                      

Spirituality and Religion in Critical Illness

Thursday, 11 September, 4:00-5:00 pm

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404,  Reynolda Campus,

Wake Forest University

Thomas McCormick, D Min, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Dept of Bioethics & Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Thomas McCormick is Senior Lecturer Emeritus in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington School of Medicine.  In 1974, he developed the School of Medicine’s first program in medical ethics. He has taught a variety of elective courses in bioethics there, and was responsible for bringing ethics into the core curriculum. In addition to his extensive teaching and publication, Dr. McCormick is currently an ethics consultant to Harborview Medical Center and an adjunct professor in bioethics at the School of Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale Branch, Glendale, Arizona.

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April 30 2014

How Bioethical Training is Essential to Patient Care:


A graduate and a current student of the Master of Arts in Bioethics program talk about ways they use bioethical training as part of patient care:

Lisa Hammon, associate director of the Medical Center’s Clinical Risk Management Department, was among the first class of students in 2009. She studied while working full time and received her degree in 2012. A registered nurse, Hammon has long been interested in bioethics. She has worked in surgical critical care, organ transplantation, and has served on the Clinical Ethics Committee since 1990.

“Risk management and ethics are partners in patient care at our hospital,” Hammon explained. “Our role in risk management is to engage hospital faculty and staff in identifying systems issues that result in preventable harm to patients and resolving these issues to reduce future harm. Our ethical mandate is truth-telling when an event occurs, including both disclosure and apology for medical errors. These are all part of our commitment to keep patients and families safe through our Safety Starts Here program.”

James Black, MD, a Lexington gynecologist, sees a burgeoning need for bioethical consultations as baby boomers swell the Medicare ranks. He sees his experience, combined with bioethical training, as a productive way to wind down his clinical career and transition to a second career teaching, writing and consulting about bioethics.

"I feel that I can bring to those consults some grassroots wisdom accumulated over many years of caring for local patients."

April 21 2014


Deb Love (MA ’11) describes bioethics as a “calling” she didn’t fully understand at the time she embarked on the Graduate Program in Bioethics at Wake Forest University. Educated to think like an attorney, Deb arrived in the program with a background in organizational change and interpersonal dynamics, including family systems theory.  At the time of enrollment, Deb was simply looking for a new and inspired career direction that would allow her to apply her training, experience and education to the context of healthcare.  She quickly discovered that the vast field of bioethics greatly captured her attention and that she had indeed found her “calling” in a new vocational path.

During her time in the Graduate Program, Deb interned at the University of North Carolina Center for Bioethics in Chapel Hill, NC.  Her combined experiences in course work and internship revealed that she was particularly drawn to improving communication in the physician/patient relationship, particularly in end of life issues.  Upon graduation she continued to work at UNC as the Clinical Ethics Outreach Partner, where she was able to make connections with bioethics colleagues across the state.  There, Deb played a leadership role in founding the Clinical Ethics Network of North Carolina (CENNC) and became active in statewide efforts.  Together with colleagues, Deb helped establish the North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care (NCPCC), a program of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation to promote conversations about advance care planning.  Her work with NCPCC prompted an invitation to join a task force for transforming end of life care at Novant Health in Winston-Salem, NC.  Today, Deb is the Corporate Director of Bioethics for Novant Health, where she is charged with enhancing the professionalism and processes of the ethics committees at Novant Health’s fifteen medical centers.   Deb also works to establish new models for embedding ethics into the acute care setting, with the aim of promoting conversations earlier in the disease continuum.  Deb has retained an adjunct assistant professor appointment at the University of North Carolina and is hopeful for opportunities for research collaboration in the future.   

The new career direction Deb sought on entering the Graduate Program in Bioethics at Wake Forest University has come to fruition. In retrospect Deb realizes that personal life experiences drew her into this aspiring field, and her Masters in Bioethics helped shape her focus.  Her degree is her work, and without her MA in Bioethics she would not be in her current role.  As a member of the inaugural class, Deb is grateful for her time spent at Wake Forest University.  Deb will always recall the spirited cross-generational dialogue that occurred around the table, especially over cases in Clinical Ethics or in Current Topics.  The opportunity to explore a topic in depth with others was a gift the program offered Deb.  Most of all, Deb remembers the enduring friendships formed with classmates and faculty, claiming she will “never be able to fully express” her gratitude for the support from faculty mentors at both Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. 

Deb currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC and Winston-Salem, NC with her husband John Grubenhoff.  Together Deb and John enjoy traveling to see their children and grandchildren, attending baseball games, and listening to classic jazz.   Deb has recently discovered a new passion in the game of golf, which creates balance between work and play and teaches her to be both humble and confident at the same time.   

February 17 2014




Kristen Boswell Coggin MD (MA’12) is the youngest partner at Cape Fear Neonatology Associates, a 44-bed NICU at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC.  Within the field of neonatology, she is one of a few in North Carolina with any formal training in bioethics.  Her MA in Bioethics makes her the “go to” person when ethical dilemmas arise, an “expert” status that urges her to continually advance her knowledge in bioethics.  Such “expert” status is fun and exciting, yet the intersection of neonatology and bioethics offers many challenges.  While some may turn the other way, Kristen walks directly into the ambiguous intersection, the precise place in which she had hoped to land.

Kristen has long had an interest in ethics and a desire to unite ethics with her profession.  Growing up in eastern North Carolina she received her undergraduate and medical degrees from East Carolina University, a school that embraces ethics education and makes bioethics an integral part of its curriculum.  At East Carolina University, Kristen was first introduced to Dr. John Moskop.  Dr. Moskop played a fundamental role in furthering Kristen’s interest in ethics and challenging her to stand in the intersection of neonatology and bioethics.  After completing her pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kristen wanted to delve further into the depths of bioethics and continue her studies with Dr. Moskop, who was now teaching in the Bioethics Master’s program at Wake Forest.  

Kristen completed her neonatology fellowship at Wake Forest University.  Most neonatology fellows traditionally fulfill the “scholarly activity “requirement through research; however, Kristen believed that a solid foundation in bioethics would best serve her professionally and personally.  Now in practice, and standing in the intersection of neonatology and bioethics, Kristen knows she made the right decision.  Kristen “believes wholeheartedly that [she] is a better physician for having completed [her] degree in bioethics because it allows [her] to practice both the art and science of medicine in a more comprehensive and thoughtful way.” 

Because of her degree from Wake Forest University, Kristen feels better equipped when she finds herself in the exciting, yet challenging, role as “expert.”  Kristen anticipates that advances in technology will increase the frequency of bioethical dilemmas in neonatology and that undoubtedly more questions of justice will arise.  As doctors are forced to consider whether something should be done simply because it can be done, Kristen hopes to stand alongside her peers and “be a leader - both in the asking and answering of such questions.”  Kristen believes that her background in bioethics will continue to provide a solid foundation as she stands in the intersection of bioethics and neonatology and makes the bioethical aspects of her work a priority in the provision of patient care.

Kristen resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband Myers and daughter.       

December 9 2013

Ana Iltis, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was first author on a paper that just appeared  in JAMA Psychiatry (formerly Archives of General Psychiatry). The paper, “Addressing Risks to Advance Mental Health Research,” provides mental health researchers with practical approaches to identify, communicate, manage and justify research risks.

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December 9 2013


Emily Hoppes graduated with her MA in Bioethics from Wake Forest University in 2011.  As a member of the Peace Corps, Emily lives in a tiny village in Tanzania with no electricity or running water, has learned to speak the local language, and attempts to fully integrate herself into the community.  Upon graduation, Emily was excited to take her new knowledge to Africa and apply it to the Peace Corps.  Once she arrived in Africa, however, she found the problems she had hoped to address were much more complicated.   As an avid blogger, Emily struggled to find the words to describe her experiences.  Yet, Emily notes, her bioethics education prepared her for such a complex task: analyzing and interpreting problems.  Emily quickly found that her bioethics education affected and influenced her everyday life in Africa because it taught her “to look at every angle, look through every lens, and leave nothing out, because that one small thing could make all the difference.”  Her MA in Bioethics helped her to document experiences and reflect on even the most extended problems.  Emily’s reflections stem from her identity as a MA in Bioethics graduate, a passionate Catholic, and a current Peace Corps volunteer.  Her reflections can be found at  

February 7 2013

Ana Iltis, PhD and Nancy King, JD, Co-Directors of the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society edited a group of articles in the Winter 2012 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, published by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.   

The articles resulted from the Center for Bioethic 's sponsoring of the November 2011 "Research Ethics Conference:  Re-Examining Key Concerns".  James H. Jones was the keynote speaker in honor of the 30th anniversary of the publication of his book "Bad Blood".

September 17 2012

Lisa Hammon, RN, BSN, MA, a recent graduate from the MA Program in Bioethics, has accepted an invitation to join the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) Professional Ethics Committee for a two year term starting in January 2013.

The ASHRM Professional Ethics Committee is charged with the following:  To investigate and make recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning issues of compliance with the Conflict of Interest policies of the Society as well as compliance with the Society's Code of Professional Responsibility.


September 17 2012

On June 1 2012 Nancy King, JD, Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, School of Medicine; Director of the Program in Bioethics, Health & Society accepted the appointment to the Ethics Committee of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT). 

April 16 2012
The Fellows Council consists of eight Hastings Center Fellows, elected for two year terms, renewable once, and the Center's President.  The Fellows Council is responsible for facilitating Hastings Center Fellows' involvement with the work of the Center and many other duties.  Read more about the Hastings Center Fellows Council and Mark Hall.
April 13 2012
Master of Arts in Bioethics graduate, Michael Tennison, published this essay in collaboration with Jonathan D. Moreno.  Tennison's work explores the ethics of neuroscience research when utilized for national security/military purposes.  Mr. Tennison current serves as a Research Associate for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.  Read the full article here.
April 5 2012
Mark A. Hall, JD, Co-Director of the Master of Arts in Bioethics program, observed in person the extended Supreme Court deliberations of the Affordable Care Act and offered his reflections to the New England Journal of Medicine.  You can read Mark's comments here.  Learn more about Mark here.
January 8 2012
Ana Iltis, PhD, Director of the WFU Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, comments in a WFMY story on the case of Amelia Rivera, whose mother claims that Amelia is being denied a kidney transplant because of Amelia's mental disability.  You can see the WFMY story here.
January 7 2012
John Moskop, PhD, Wu Professor of Biomedical Ethics, discusses the ethics of industry gifts to physicians in "Gifts to Physicians from Industry: The Debate Evolves", published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.  Read the full article here.
November 29 2011
The Business Journal of the Greater Triad region published two stories relevant to bioethics graduate education.  The first describes the rising demand for formal bioethics education which arises, in part, from a growing biotechnology business sector.  The second gives examples of bioethics-related job opportunities.  You can find more information at The Business Journal website.
November 28 2011
Michael Tennison, a recent alumnus and former Center for Bioethics, Health & Society Fellow, has accepted a position with the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.  Michael completed an internship with the Commission in the fall and has agreed to remain as a Research Associate.  For more information on The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues visit their website.
November 28 2011
Nancy M. P. King, Co-Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, and Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, is quoted in an article from TheScientist Magazine, "Bioterrorist Battles", which proposes utilizing flu vaccines as a means to test treatment for other potential bioterrorism threats.  You can read the full article here.  Learn more about Nancy's work here.
November 27 2011
CBHS Visiting Scholar, James H. Jones, PhD, author of Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, offered several lectures and events on both the Reynolda and Bowman Gray campuses of Wake Forest and in the Winston-Salem community.  For a list of events that featured Dr. Jones during the week of Nov. 7-11 , see Visiting Scholar Dr. James Jones Events.  For local press coverage, see the article in the Winston-Salem Chronicle.
August 27 2011
The Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health & Society sponsored a major conference - "Research Ethics: Reexamining Key Concerns", November 10-11, 2011, Benson University Center, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.  For a look back at the conference, see the Conference Brochure.
May 21 2011
The Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society welcomes a wide variety of bioethics proposals. Fundable projects include conceptual or empirical research, course development, community engagement, scholarly events and more. Funding may also be sought for the bioethics component of a scientific project for which funding is being sought from another source, including other Centers and Institutes in the University and Medical Center. For more information, please see Funding Opportunities and the CBHS Funding Application.