Simon Blackburn 

Simon Blackburn is a British academic philosopher known for his work in quasi-realism and his efforts to popularize philosophy. He attended Clifton College and went on to receive his bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1965 from Trinity College, Cambridge and his doctorate in 1970 from Churchill College, Cambridge. Blackburn recently retired as professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Philosophy but continues on as distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, teaching every spring semester. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He was previously a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford and has also taught (full time) at the University of North Carolina as an Edna J. Koury Professor. He is a former president of the Aristotelian Society, having served the 2009-2010 term. In philosophy, he is best-known as the proponent of quasi-realism in meta-ethics and as a defender of neo-Humean views on a variety of topics. He is a vice-president of the British Humanist Association and a former editor of the journal Mind.

 H. Tristam Engelhardt, Jr., PhD

H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., PhD is an American philosopher, holding doctorates in both philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and medicine from Tulane University. He is a professor of philosophy at Rice University in Houston, Texas specializing in the history and philosophy of medicine, particularly from the standpoint of continental philosophy. He is also a professor emeritus at Baylor College of Medicine, and a member of the Baylor Center for Medical Ethics and Public Policy. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Christian Bioethics, and Philosophy and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institution.


 Soren Holm

Soren Holm is a prominent bioethicist and philosopher of medicine. He holds a chair in bioethics at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, part of the School of Law at the University of Manchester in Great Britain and the University of Oslo. He also serves as editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics. Holm holds a master's degree in health care ethics from the University of Manchester and two doctoral degrees in medical ethics from the University of Copenhagen. Holm and John Harris co-authored a seminal paper in Nature that challenged the value of the precautionary principle in modern scientific research.


Donald Hubin, PhD

Donald Hubin, PhD is the principal investigator of the Innovation Group working to develop the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values. He is a professor and chair of the Philosophy Department at The Ohio State University. Don received his BA in philosophy from the University of California at Davis (1972) and his MA and PhD from the University of Arizona (1976 and 1978). He has been on the faculty of the Philosophy Department at The Ohio State University since 1977, with a brief absence to serve as a visiting associate professor in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh in 1983-84. Don specializes in ethics, philosophy of law and political philosophy. He has worked on a variety of topics, including theories of distributive justice and the nature and justification of cost/benefit analysis under an NSF grant. He currently has two primary research interests: first, the nature of practical rationality and the relationship between morality and rationality; and, second, the nature and basis of parental rights and responsibilities.


Bonnie Kantor-Burman, ScD

Bonnie Kantor-Burman, Sc.D. is the director of the Ohio Department of Aging. She has advocated for new approaches that emphasize quality, person-centered care while realizing cost savings. Her goals are to reform and enhance the quality and efficiency of our healthcare system, and to strengthen long-term care options that give elders more choices about their care. She believes in the concept of preventive gerontology, a wellness and behavioral driven model of life and care across the lifespan. Before coming to the department, Director Kantor-Burman was the executive director of the Pioneer Network, a national center for the development of person-centered, long-term care delivery systems. She drove consistent and creative public policy change at the highest levels of state and federal government. Prior to joining the Pioneer Network in 2007, Director Kantor-Burman was the director of the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Kantor-Burman earned her doctorate in health policy and management from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Deven S. Kothari, MD, MHA

Deven S. Kothari, MD, MHA is an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at The Ohio State University. His clinical interests include postoperative management of critically ill cardiac, transplant, trauma and neurosurgical patients. He serves on the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Critical Care Medicine and Critical Care subcommittee for abstract review. Dr. Kothari earned his medical degree (MD) and masters of health administration (MHA) at The Ohio State University.

Alan P. Marco, MD, MMM, FACPE

Alan P. Marco, MD, MMM, FACPEA graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Alan P. Marco MD, MMM, FACPE currently serves as professor and chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Toledo. He also holds a Master of Medical Management degree from the Carnegie Mellon University. He serves as chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee on Patient Safety and Education, on ASA's Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistant Education and Practice, and as vice-chair of the Accreditation Review Committee for Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA). Additionally, he serves on the boards of directors for the American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Services Division, University of Toledo Physicians, LLC, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs. Dr. Marco’s research interests include game theory, operating room and hospital management, and healthcare economics.


Catharine Marco, MD, FACEP

Catherine Marco, MD, FACEP is a professor of emergency medicine and director of the University of Toledo emergency medicine residency program. She was named a "hero of emergency medicine" by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Marco has practiced emergency medicine for more than 20 years. In addition, Dr. Marco is the director of the College of Medicine’s medical ethics curriculum. A recipient of numerous research and education awards, she has published extensively and served on numerous editorial and administrative boards.


Nansook Park, PhD, NCSP

Nansook Park, PhD, NCSP is an associate professor at the University of Michigan and is a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP). She did her graduate work both in Korea and the United States and has a research and practice background in clinical and school psychology. Her work in collaboration with Dr. Christopher Peterson in studying character strengths and virtues is considered the most ambitious undertaking within the new field of positive psychology. Dr. Park has taken the lead in developing ways to assess character strengths among children and youth and in conducting cross-cultural investigations. Her main research interest is the promotion of positive development and well-being across the life-span in different culture settings. She is interested in the correlates, mechanisms, and consequences of character strengths and virtues, happiness, and positive experiences, and especially their role in resiliency, well-being, health, family functioning, education, and work. She is also interested in strength-based practice at school, work, and mental health services.


Dragan Pavlovic, MD

Professor Dragan Pavlovic, MD is research director at the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Greifswald, Germany. His interest is focused on fundamental muscle research related to circulation in experimental sepsis, and on bronchial hyperreactivity. Additionally, his research involves medical ethics, philosophy of science and scientific method.


Peter A. Railton, PhD

Peter Albert Railton, PhD is John Stephenson Perrin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his PhD from Princeton in 1980. His research interests center on contemporary metaethics and normative ethics, as well as consequentialism. He is the author of the book Facts, Norms, and Values and a co-editor (with Stephen Darwall and Allan Gibbard) of Moral Discourse and Practice. He has also written several seminal papers on scientific explanation. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Princeton University, and is a distinguished professor at the University of Michigan.












Michael Alan Schwartz, MD, from Austin, Texas, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Texas AMHSC School of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist at Austin State Hospital. He is founding president of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry and Co-Founding Editor of Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine. The author of over 150 articles, chapters, books and monographs, Dr. Schwartz is additionally a recipient of the Swiss Dr. Margrit Égnér Prize for "contributing to a more human world in which human beings with their mental needs stand in the center." His interests are in person-centered medicine and psychiatry; medical science and medical humanism; and in philosophical biology and medicine.












Stanislaw P. Stawicki, MD recently joined the faculty in The Ohio State University Department of Surgery after completion of his traumatology and surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been involved with national organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, Southern Medical Association, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock, the International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science, the World Journal of Orthopedics, as well as the World Journal of Critical Care. Dr. Stawicki has been very prolific with first or co-authorship on more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. This work covers a broad range of issues in surgical critical care, acute care surgery, and end-of-life issues. In addition to this, he has been integral in starting and leading the OPUS 12 Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing medical research and committed to scientific review and educational activities.


Ravi S. Tripathi, MD

Ravi S. Tripathi, MD is an associate professor at The Ohio State University Department of Anesthesiology where he practices cardiac critical care and anesthesiology. He received his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio Universities and completed his post-graduate training in anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Michigan. His interests include postoperative outcomes after cardiac surgery and quality initiatives focused on improving communication among health care providers as well as with patients and families.


Mark R. Wicclair, PhD

Mark R. Wicclair, PhD is a philosopher and adjunct professor of medicine at University of Pittsburgh's Center for Bioethics and Health Law. He  teaches in the Master of Arts in Bioethics program, the Clinical Ethics Training program, in which he coordinates the fourth-year medical ethics elective, and the Center's Consortium Ethics program. He is also professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of community medicine at West Virginia University, where he has won a total of five awards for outstanding research, teaching, and public service. Dr. Wicclair is a member of several hospital ethics committees, including the UPMC ethics committee, and serves as an ethics consultant at several area hospitals and on the UPMC medical ethics consultation service. He has published extensively in the areas of ethics and medical ethics. His publications include articles on conscientious objection in medicine, futility, managed care, decision-making capacity, the ethics of decision-making in critical care, and the obligations of adult children to frail elderly parents.


Stanislaw P. Stawicki, MD