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Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD

Director, Population Health Ethics; Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Associate Director, Mailman Center for Child Development

Dr. Brosco completed an M.D. and a Ph.D. in the history of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as chief resident after training in pediatrics at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and he is board-certified in Pediatrics and in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. He completed his tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar in 2003, and he continues to teach and practice both general pediatrics Read Full Bio »

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Anita Cava, JD

Director, Business Ethics Program; Co-Director, UM Ethics Programs

Anita Cava is Professor of Business Law in the UM School of Business.  Professor Cava’s research interests are the legal and ethical aspects of health administration as well as corporate/community engagement and business ethics.  As part of the Legal, Ethical and Social Implications (ELSI) Workgroup at UM, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Project Health Design, she addressed conundrums being generated by electronic health information. Her article, Health Privacy in a Networked World: A Cyber-Patient’s Bill of Rights (with Patricia Abril), appears in the Northwestern Journal Read Full Bio »

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Raul De Velasco, MD, FACP

Director, Clinical Ethics Program

Dr. de Velasco, Voluntary Associate Professor of Medicine, received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. After his medical internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital he joined the Indian Division of the Public Health Service where he served as a medical officer in the Zuni and Navajo reservations for two years. Returning to Miami, he completed his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the Jackson Memorial/Veterans Administrations programs with the University of Miami. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology. Read Full Bio »

Adriane Gelpi, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Adriane Gelpi, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She holds a PhD in Health Policy and Ethics from Harvard University, an MPH in History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard University in History and Science, where she received both the Rothschild and Hoopes Prizes. Prior to joining UM, she held the honor of serving as the inaugural Harvard fellow at the Tel Aviv University’s Center for Ethics, followed by an NIH-funded postdoctoral Read Full Bio »

Kenneth Goodman

Kenneth W. Goodman, PhD, FACMI, FACE

Director, Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy; Co-Director, UM Ethics Programs

Kenneth W. Goodman, PhD, FACMI, FACE, is founder and director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and co-director of the university’s Ethics Programs. The Institute has been designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Ethics and Global Health Policy, one of ten in the world. He is a co-founder of the North American Center for Ethics and Health Information Technology, a partnership with the Center for Bioethics at Indiana University. Read Full Bio »

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Sergio Litewka, MD., MPH

Director, International Program

Dr. Litewka completed his medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires and his master’s in public health at the University of El Salvador, also in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a faculty member in the UM Department of Surgery and the director of global bioethics at the University of Miami Institute of Bioethics, a World Health Organization (WHO) on Ethics and Health Policies.  As global bioethics director, Dr. Litewka’s work focuses on the development of research and education activities with governmental organizations, universities and the private sector on human subject protection and the responsible conduct of research. In Asia, Dr. Litewka is a regular speaker for research integrity topics at Sri Ramachandra University Read Full Bio »

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Steve Olvey, MD

Ethics Consultant

Dr. Stephen Olvey is an associate professor of clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is vice chair of the University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics Ethics Committee and the Jackson Health System Adult Ethics Committee. He served as the Director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital for 25 years. He remains active in motor sports as a member of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile Medical Commission, a consultant to Indy Car Series and Motor Sports Director of the University of Miami Concussion Read Full Bio »

 Faculty Affiliates

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Roberto Cañete Villafranca, MD, MS, PhD

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Cañete is a member of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, director of the Matanzas Council of Scientific Societies of Health as well as senior researcher and professor of parasitology and bioethics at the University of Medical Sciences in Matanzas, Cuba. He is Vice-President of the Cuban Society of Microbiology and Parasitology in Havana, President of the Cathedra of Bioethics in Matanzas, Matanzas, and Invited Faculty of the Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative –CREEI. His areas of expertise include clinical trials, research ethics, ethics and public health, parasitology, and the development Read Full Bio »

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Thomas Champney, PhD

Professor, Cell Biology and Anatomy

Dr. Champney earned his PhD in Biomedical Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1984. His research investigated the role of the pineal gland and its hormone melatonin on integrative physiology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware investigating reproductive physiology and then accepted a faculty position at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine. He spent 18 years at Texas A&M University teaching anatomy, histology and neuroanatomy to medical students while publishing over 50 research manuscripts on melatonin’s role in endocrinology, epilepsy and immune regulation. Read Full Bio »

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Ann-Lynn Denker, ARNP, PhD

Health Policy Advocate

Dr. Denker Dr. Ann-Lynn Denker is a nurse educator, researcher, nursing consultant and health policy expert.  Dr. Denker has extensive experience in clinical practice, education and research including roles of pediatric clinical nurse specialist, director of research, (IRB) human subjects, privacy and clinical electronic systems.  She currently teaches graduate students at the Barry University School of Nursing. She has served as the director of the Florida Action Coalition (Future of Nursing) statewide grant to develop leadership and diversity sponsored by RWJF and Florida Blue.  Dr. Dr. served as Chair of the Florida Board of Nursing and led reform efforts to regulate “for -profit education in Florida. Read Full Bio »

Ethics Profile PhotoRobin N. Fiore, PhD 

Special Ethics Initiatives

Dr. Fiore joined the University of Miami Ethics Programs in 2010 and went on voluntary status in 2015. Formerly, she was Adelaide R. Snyder Professor of Ethics and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. While at FAU, she served as Senior Assistant Vice President for Research Ethics (2006-2008) and as Special Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Letters for Ethics Initiatives (2004-2008) and as Director of FAU’s Ethics, Law & Society Certificate Program and the Environmental Studies Graduate Certificate Program. Read Full Bio » 

Ethics Profile PhotoWayWay M. Hlaing, MBBS, MS, PhD, FACE

Professor, Educator

WayWay M. Hlaing, MBBS, MS, PhD, FACE, is a Professor of epidemiology in the division of Epidemiology and Population Health Sciences in the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) at the Miller School of Medicine (MSOM) with appointment as a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy. Dr. Hlaing is an educator, researcher, mentor and the Director of the PhD in Epidemiology program in the DPHS.  She currently teaches core epidemiology courses to master’s (MPH/MSPH/MS in Biostatistics and MS in Clinical and Translational Sciences), and doctoral students.  Read Full Bio»

Rosario Isasi

Rosario Isasi, JD, MPH

Research Assistant Professor 

Rosario Isasi, JD, MPH, is a Research Assistant Professor at the Miller School of Medicine with appointments in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute. Mrs. Isasi’s research is devoted to identifying and analyzing the social, ethical and policy dimensions of novel and disruptive genetic technologies. She has built an international reputation as a scholar with particular expertise in the area of international comparative law Read Full Bio »

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Felipe E. Vizcarrondo, MD, MA

Health Policy Advocate

Dr. Vizcarrondo attended Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia and received a masters degree, in bioethics from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. He completed a residency in pediatrics at University Hospital, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, and sub-specialty training in pediatric cardiology at University Hospital, Puerto Rico, and Kings County Medical Center at New York University. An active duty U.S. Air Force officer, he held the positions of Pediatrics Chair, Pediatric Residency Program Director and Chief of the Medical Staff at major medical centers of the Department of Defense. Read Full Bio»

 In Memoriam

Ethics Profile PhotoDonald M. Buckner, MD,  1932-2019

Co-founder of U.S. hospital ethics rounds

Dr. Buckner, a pediatric surgeon described by a colleague as having saved more babies than anyone in the history of civilization, died on July 21. He was 86. Dr. Buckner practiced at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital from 1973 until his retirement in 2014. In addition to 40 years of surgical practice, he was a pioneer Read more »

Charles M. Culver, MD, PhD, 1934-2015

One of the founders of the field of bioethics in the United States.

“Chuck,” as he was known, and his longtime friend and collaborator Prof. Bernard Gert, helped establish the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Ethics program in the mid-1970s and, later, the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee, one of the first in the country. It has been described as one of the country’s first fully operational ethics committees. Dr. Culver was the committee’s first chair, succeeded by Dr. James Bernat, the Dartmouth neurologist. Drs. Culver and Gert, along with Prof. K. Danner Clouser, Dr. Bill Nelson and Dr. Bernat, did much important work in bioethics starting in the 1970s, including key papers and books on ethics in the medical curriculum, the definition of death, ethics committees and ethics consultation, incompetence, moral theory, the philosophy of medicine Read more »

Ethics Profile PhotoMervin H. Needell, MD, MA, 1924-2014

Medical Director Emeritus

Mervin H. Needell, MD, MA, who served as the UM Bioethics Programs’ first Medical Director, died October 24, 2014. He was 90. Dr. Needell was present at the UM Bioethics Program’s founding and participated in its earliest activities. He helped introduce bioethics into third-year medical clerkships and ethics rounds in the Department of Family Medicine. He also taught bioethics at Barry University and at Nova Southeastern University from 1991 to 2000. He was uncompromising in his conviction that the improvement of critical thinking skills was essential to the education of Read more »

Ethics Profile PhotoJ. Phillip Pennell, MD, 1939-2007

Founder, Health and Human Values Programs

J. Phillip Pennell, 68, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director at the University of Miami dialysis unit, died September 27, 2007, at home in Coconut Grove. Dr. Pennell, while caring for dialysis patients, was a medical educator and researcher. He enjoyed teaching, and focused on bioethics. He was a leader in introducing ethics into medical school curricula in Florida.  He founded and directed UM's former Health and Human Values Program. He taught students and residents in psychiatry, psychology and other disciplines emphasizing critical thinking skills and a compassionate approach to patient Read more »

Ethics Profile PhotoJulienne Prineas, PhD

Educator, Rhetorician

Dr. Prineas, a longstanding friend of and collaborator with the UM Ethics Programs, died January 30, 2010, in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Prineas was the elder daughter of Mr. Winsleigh Swynny and Gladys (June) Swynny (nee Johns). She is survived by her beloved sister, Yolande Oakley of Malacoota, Australia; a brother, Phillip Swynny of Sydney, Australia; her husband of 49 years, Dr. Ronald Prineas, Professor Emeritus at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and former chair of UM’s Department of Epidemiology Read more »

Ethics Profile PhotoBruce J. Winick, JD

Co-Founder, "Therapeutic Jurisprudence"

Bruce Winick was a Professor of Law and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He died Aug. 26, 2010. The co-founder of the school of social enquiry known as therapeutic jurisprudence, Winick was Director of the University of Miami School of Law Therapeutic Jurisprudence Center. He was the first the recipient of the Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professorship during the  Read more »