Course Directors

matthew_wMatthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP
Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Wynia’s career has included developing a research institute and training programs focusing on bioethics, professionalism and policy issues (the AMA Institute for Ethics) and founding the AMA’s Center for Patient Safety.  His research has focused on novel uses of survey data to inform and improve the practical management of ethical issues in health care and public policy.  He has led projects on a wide variety of topics related to ethics and professionalism, including understanding and measuring the ethical climate of health care organizations and systems; ethics and quality improvement; communication, team-based care and engaging patients as members of the team; defining physician professionalism; public health and disaster ethics; medicine and the Holocaust (with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum); and inequities in health and health care. He has served on committees, expert panels and as a reviewer for the Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission, the Hastings Center, the American Board of Medical
Specialties, federal agencies, and other organizations. Dr. Wynia is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), and has chaired the Ethics
Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Ethics Committee of the Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM).

ira_bIra Bedzow, PhD
Director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program at New York Medical College

As the director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program at New York Medical College, Dr. Bedzow’s responsibilities include teaching biomedical ethics courses which introduce inter-professional education and examine the moral bases of decision-making and self-understanding in medicine with complex case studies. He is also in charge of the master’s program in biomedical ethics at NYMC. Dr. Bedzow received his Ph.D. from Emory University, an M.A. from Touro College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political science from Princeton University. Dr. Bedzow is a senior scholar at the Aspen Center for Social Values and the editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal En Route. He is the author of six books, numerous articles and chapters on law and philosophy and poetry.

Planning Committee

Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH
Chief Patient Officer for Sanofi                  

As the Chief Patient Officer for Sanofi, a global healthcare leader that discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions for patients. In that role, she is responsible for integrating the patient voice and priorities into all aspects of Sanofi’s work to facilitate development of healthcare solutions that truly meet patients’ needs. She is currently       based in Paris. Dr. Beal joined Sanofi from PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute), where she was the Deputy Executive Director, Chief Officer for Engagement and the inaugural COO.  PCORI is a US-based independent organization that supports comparative effectiveness research guided by patients, caregivers and   others to help people make informed decisions and improve healthcare delivery and outcomes. Prior to PCORI, Dr. Beal was president of The Aetna Foundation, the charitable arm of Aetna, and previous to that she directed programs on Quality of Care for Underserved Populations at the Commonwealth Fund.

James Block, MD
President of J.A. Block Health Associates

James A. Block, MD, is the President of J.A. Block Health Associates, a consulting firm working with the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, the Commonwealth Foundation, The Center to Advance Palliative Car, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. Dr. Block is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Health System and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, and President of Rochester Area Hospital Corporation. Dr. Block also served as Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor of Preventive, Family, and Rehabilitative Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy Management both at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Block has been a consultant for the National Palliative Care Research Center since
2005 and he was awarded the first ever American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award in 2010.

James Corbett, JD, MDiv
Senior Vice President, Community Health Improvement and Values Integration, Centura Health

Mr. Corbett is senior vice president of community health and values integration at Centura Health, a multi-state integrated health system and the region’s largest health care provider serving Colorado and western Kansas. He is a fellow at Harvard Medical School, Division of Medical Ethics.  Corbett was appointed a four year term to the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

 

Mary C. Gentile, PhD  
Professor of Practice at University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Mary C Gentile is Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values, Professor of Practice at University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Senior Advisor at Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and consultant on management education and leadership development. Among numerous other awards, Gentile was named as one of the 2015 “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere and one of the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners” by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World, January 2015.

 

Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, MD, PhD, MSc
Executive Director, National Center for Ethics in Health Care
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Dr. Lisa Soleymani Lehmann is a primary care physician and bioethicist. In addition to her position as NCEHC Executive Director, she is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Lehmann is a graduate of Cornell University, where she was a College Scholar studying philosophy, chemistry and near eastern studies. After receiving her BA, she spent two years studying Talmud. She received her MD and PhD in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins
Hospital, and was a fellow in the HMS Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care and the HMS Fellowship in Medical Ethics. She received a Masters of Science in
clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Patrick O’Rourke, JD
Vice President, University Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Regents, University of Colorado

Patrick T. O’Rourke serves as vice president, University Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Regents. O’Rourke was appointed on April 19, 2012, and assumed his responsibilities on June 1, 2012. He has been with the University since 2005 and most recently served as Managing Senior Associate University Counsel for the University of Colorado’s litigation office. In 2011, O’Rourke was one of three finalists for a vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court, and has tried some of the university’s highest-profile cases.