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Careers in Bioethics

Presented by Columbia University’s master of science and certification programs in Bioethics, the Careers in Bioethics series brings noted bioethicists, academics, authors, and medical professionals to Columbia’s campus for lectures, book readings, and panel discussions focused on the intersection of their work and bioethics.

View past Careers in Bioethics events below and visit the events page for upcoming Bioethics events at Columbia.


Bioethics Career Panel - Fall 2019

Panelists Reid Blackman, CEO of Virtue Consulting, Elizabeth Chuang, Clinical Researcher for the Montefiore Health System Daniel Liss, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (NYACH), and Ashley B. Warman, Media Planner at Good Apple, discuss the diverse career opportunities available to graduates of the M.S. in Bioethics program at Columbia University.


Bioethicists in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Personal Reflections

Sheldon Sloan, an Immunology Global Medical Affairs Leader at Janssen Global Commercial Strategy Organization, will discuss his experiences working as a bioethicist in the pharmaceutical industry as a part of our Careers in Bioethics series.


How to Teach Ethics – Views From Across Columbia (Session 1)

A panel of faculty members will discuss what they each do when they are teaching ethics – exactly what and how they teach – to explore common and divergent strategies, challenges and solutions.


How to Teach Ethics – Views From Across Columbia (Session 2)

A panel of faculty members will discuss what they each do when they are teaching ethics – exactly what and how they teach – to explore common and divergent strategies, challenges and solutions.


From Bedlam To Bioethics – Growing Up In a Mental Hospital and Working In Medical Ethics

One of the nation’s leading bioethicists, Jonathan Moreno, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania, reflects on how his background as the son of a prominent, pioneering psychiatrist has affected him and his seminal work. Moreno is author of Mind Wars: Brain Science and the Military in the 21st Century. Refreshments will be served. This session is presented by Columbia University’s master of science and certification programs in Bioethics.


Sanctity vs. Care – The Moral Foundations Of Bioethical Controversies

Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at NYU Stern School of Business and author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religionand The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, is one of the world’s leading researchers and writers on the psychology of morality. Refreshments will be served. This session is presented by Columbia University’s master of science and certification programs in Bioethics.


Finding The Frontiers Of Bioethics – Your "Accidental" Career

Joseph C. D’Oronzio, Founding Director of The ProBE (Professional Problem-Based Ethics) Program, will discuss his 30-year involvement in the intersections of bioethics with human rights initiatives, with the ethical rehabilitation of physicians sanctioned by their licensing boards, and with ethical dimensions of healthcare policy.


Dr. David Blumenthal, President, The Commonwealth Fund

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues, will speak during this session presented by Columbia University’s Bioethics M.S. and Certification programs.


Bioethics and/or Law School?

Hal Edgar, Julius Silver Professor in Law, Science, and Technology at Columbia University, will discuss the intersection of the study of bioethics and law during this session of the ongoing Careers in Bioethics series, presented by Columbia University’s Bioethics M.S. and Certification programs.


A Bioethical Journey: From Clinical and Research Ethics to Policy and Public Health

Dr. Alan R. Fleischman is a senior vice president and medical director of the March of Dimes Foundation as well as clinical professor of pediatrics and clinical professor of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He spoke on his professional journey from clinical and research ethics to his active role in current public health policy.


An Unconventional Career in Bioethics: Letting the Issues Choose You

Carol Levine, director of Families and Health Care Project with the United Hospital Fund and Macarthur "Genius Award" recipient, spoke on her career trajectory and how she came to the bioethics field from a non-traditional path. Before joining the United Health Fund in 1996, Levine directed the Citizens Commission on AIDS in New York City, and founded The Orphan Project. As a senior staff associate of The Hastings Center, she edited the Hastings Center Report.


More and Better Medical Technology: More and Harder Ethical Dilemmas

Dr. Kenneth Prager is the director of the ethics committee at New York Presbyterian Hospital. In his presentation, he discussed the ways that the medical profession has changed over the course of his career, how ethical boundaries have been affected by technology advances, and gave advice on how students could be effective for both their fellow doctors and their patients.


Reflections on Bioethics: Past, Present and Future

Thomas Murray is President of the Hastings Center, a bioethics "think tank" in the United States which has produced influential work in the field for decades. The topic of his presentation, bioethics in the past, present and future, involves an examination of the idea of stewardship, health care reform, cost-effective design and technology.


The Roles of Bioethics in Industry: Perspectives from an Insider

Llew Keltner, M.D., Ph.D. is the President and CEO of Light Sciences Oncology, Inc., a leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology company. He will speak about the critical roles that bioethics can play in industry, the tensions that might arise, and ways that these can be addressed.