Neuroethics Experts

The following International Neuroethics Society members have identified themselves as experts in specific areas of neuroethics and agree to receive queries from the press, requests to be a mentor, consultations with other professionals, and for other questions related to their expertise.

The views and opinions expressed by these individuals are solely their own and do not represent the policies, positions, views, or opinions of the International Neuroethics Society and its members.

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V. Antonio Amodio, MD, Psychiatrist, PhD

39 080 4240994
[email protected]

  • Chief, Department of Mental Health, Italian Public Health Service;
  • Former Professor, Bioethics for Medical Sciences, Landesfachhochschule Bozen Italy;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Philosophical perspective on technology and psychiatry; Psychiatry and biolaw;

Research Focus: Moral Enhancement and psychiatric disorders with moral pathologies; Psychopathy;

Paul S. Appelbaum, MD

1-646-774-8630
[email protected]
http://asp.cumc.columbia.edu/

  • Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine & Law, Columbia University;
  • Director, Center for Research on Ethical/Legal/Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics, Columbia University;
  • Chair, Standing Committee on Ethics, World Psychiatric Association;
  • Chair, DSM Steering Committee, American Psychiatric Association;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Genetic ethics; Neuroethics; Research ethics; Informed consent; Decisional capacity; Law and psychiatry;

Research Focus: Ethical, legal and social implications of advances in psychiatric and behavioral genetics;

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James Beauregard, PhD

1-603 860-3232
[email protected]

  • Lecturer, PsyD Program, Department of Education, Rivier University, Nashua, NH;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Clinical neuropsychology; Dementia; Ageing; Theoretical neuroethics;

Areas of Interest: Philosophical foundations of neuroethics; Neuroethics and the human person; Neuroethics and philosophy of technology; Clinical and ethical aspects involved in the care of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Research Focus: Theoretical foundations of neuroethics and the neuroethics of neurotechnology;

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Timothy Emmanuel Brown, PhD, Philosophy

1-310-869-4532
[email protected]
@keyofnight

  • NIH Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington;
  • Early Career Scholar, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Biomedical ethics, philosophy of technology, feminist philosophy, aesthetics;

Research Focus: Currently, my projects ask how neurotechnologies change how their users experience or exercise agency, and if those changes come with moral problems.

Laura Y. Cabrera, B.Eng. MA. PhD

+15173557553
[email protected]
http://www.bioethics.msu.edu/73-people/300-cabrera

  • Assistant Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Dept. of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine, Michigan State University;
  • Faculty Neuroscience Program, Michigan State University;
  • Early Career Scholar, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Neuroethics; Applied ethics; Ethics of emerging technologies; Neurotechnology; Ethical and social issues in deep brain stimulation and transcranial electrical stimulation (tDCS); Cognitive, affective, and social enhancement; Public attitudes around neurotechnology; International neuroethics; Environmental neuroethics;

Research Focus: Laura Cabrera's interests focus on the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology, in particular when this is used without a clear medical purpose. She has been working on projects that explore the attitudes of the general public toward pharmacological and brain stimulation enhancing interventions, as well as their normative implications. Her current work also focuses on the ethical and social implications of environmental changes for brain and mental health.

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Renato César Cardoso, LLB, LLM, LLD

55 31-9999763771
[email protected]

  • Academic Visitor, Barcelona University (2013-2014); 
  • Philosophy of Law Professor (Tenured), Faculty of Law and Sciences of State, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil;
  • Coordinator, Sciences of State Program, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society

Areas of Expertise: Neurolaw; Free will; Morality;

Research Focus: The (non-)existence of free will and the consequences this entails to law, morality and responsibility; Implications of neuroscience in relation to public policies and politics;

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Adrian Carter, PhD

+61-3-9902-9431
[email protected]
@NeuroethicsAU
Monash webpage

  • Senior and NHMRC Research Fellow and Head, Neuroethics and Public Policy Group School of Psychological Sciences and Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences;
  • Director, Neuroethics Program, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function;
  • Deputy Chair, Australian Academy of Science Early-Mid Career Research Forum Executive;
  • Member, Communications Committee and Emerging Issues Advisory Task Force, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Drug addiction; Behavioural addictions; Deep brain stimulation; Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders; Non-invasive brain stimulation; mHeatlh and wearable technologies; Mental health policy and public health; Personality and identity; Lived experiences;

Research Focus: My current research examines the impact of neuroscience on understanding and treatment of addiction and other compulsive behaviours (e.g. gambling, food addiction, internet gaming, hypersexualtiy), including: our notions of agency, identity and moral responsibility; the use of coercion and the capacity for voluntary control of addictive or compulsive behaviours; lived experiences of addiction, and the use of emerging technologies (e.g. deep brain stimulation, virtual reality, wearable technologies) to treat addiction.

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Hervé Chneiweiss, MD PhD

331 4427 5294
[email protected]
http://www.ibps.upmc.fr/fr/Recherche/umr-8246

  • Director, Department of Neuroscience, and Team Leader, Glial Plasticity and brain tumors, Institut de Biologie Paris Seine, University Pierre and Marie Curie;
  • Director of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS);
  • President, Medical and Health Research Ethics Committee, Institut National de la Santé et de la recherche Médicale (Inserm);
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Neurology; Biology of glial cells; Brain tumors; Gliomas; Neural stem cells; Neurodegenerative disorders; Anticipation; Environmental neuroethics;

Research Focus: Impact of biomarkers on anticipation of the disease;

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Jayashree Dasgupta, MPhil, PhD

+91 9717855700
[email protected]
@jayashreeDasgu2
LinkedIn Profile

  • Co-Founder and Project Director, Samvedna Senior Care, India;
  • Principal Investigator NeuroGenE (Global Initiative in Neuropsychiatric GenEthics), Sangath, India;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Clinical psychology; Global mental health;

Research Focus: Exploring opinions towards use of cognitive enhancements with children in LMIC; Development of services for geriatric care in India;

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Nita Farahany, JD, PhD

1 (919) 613-8514
[email protected]
law.duke.edu/fac/farahany/

  • Professor of Law & Philosophy, Duke University;
  • Director, Duke Science & Society;
  • Chair, Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy;
  • Co-Editor and Chief, Journal of Law and the Biosciences;
  • Member, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (2010-2017);
  • President Elect and Board Member, International Neuroethics Society;
  • Board Member, LEAP Panel for Harvard Football Players Study;
  • Member, NIH MCWG Brain Initiative;

Areas of Expertise: Law and neuroscience, Bioethics; Neuroscience and privacy; Consumer tDCS and EEG devices; Cognitive enhancement;

Research Focus: Nita A. Farahany is a leading scholar on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biosciences and emerging technologies, particularly those related to neuroscience and behavioral genetics.

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Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, FRCP

1 (212) 746-4246
[email protected]

  • E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics, Professor of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College;
  • Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics and the Law, Yale Law School;
  • Adjunct Faculty, Rockefeller University;
  • Board member, International Neuroethics Society;
  • Nominating Committee chair, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Neuroethics, brain injury, disorders of consciousness, brain death, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, neuromodulation, deep brain stimulation, clinical ethics, law and medicine, disability rights

Research Focus: Application of a disability rights paradigm related to treatment of moderate to severe brain injury

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Paul J. Ford, PhD

01-216-444-8723
[email protected]
www.ccf.org/neuroethics

  • Director, NeuroEthics Program, Cleveland Clinic;
  • Director of Education, Department of Bioethics, Cleveland Clinic;
  • Associate Professor, CCF Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University;

Areas of Expertise: Invasive brain stimulation; Non-invasive brain stimulation; Clinical neuroethics; Epilepsy; Movement disorders; Psychiatry; Dementia; Intensive care; Deep brain stimulation; Research; Psychogenic diseases; Research design; Qualitative research; End of life; Surgery; Multiple sclerosis;

Research Focus: Studies of stakeholder perspectives and experiences in neurosurgery, chronic neurological diseases, or acute neurological injury with respect to ethics of innovation, policy, and clinical care;

James Giordano, PhD, MPhil

1 202-687-1160
[email protected]
neurobioethics.org

  • Professor, Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center;
  • Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, GU Medical Center;
  • Fellow, Biosecurity, Technology, and Ethics, US Naval War College
  • Chair, Neuroethics Program, IEEE Brain Initiative;
  • Member, Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA);
  • Senior Scientific Advisory Fellow, Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group, Joint Staff, The Pentagon;

Areas of Expertise: Neurotechnology; Deep brain stimulation; Transcranial electrical stimulation; Forensic/Predictive neuroscience; Cognitive and emotional enhancement; Military neuroscience and technology; Pain control; International neuroethics; Use of neuroscience and neurotechnology in public safety and national security, intelligence and defense initiatives; Use of brain stimulation techniques to modify and enhance cognitive, emotional and/or behavioral functions; Technical and ethical issues in deep brain stimulation (DBS) and transcranial electrical stimulation (tDCS);

Research Focus: Neuroethical issues arising in and from neuroscientific and neurotechnologic research and use in medicine, public life and national security and defense;

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Karen Herrera-Ferrá, MD, PhD

+ 52 1 55 41338062
[email protected]
neuroeticamexico.org
@KarenFerra_

  • Founder and President, Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética (Mexican Association of Neuroethics), State of Mexico, Mexico;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: International neuroethics; Neuroethics in the developing world; Considerations of ethnographic, cultural and neurocognitive diversity in the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology; Violence; Psychiatry; Global mental health; Human rights;

Research Focus: Biocultural considerations and ethical, legal and social issues and concerns in the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology in developed, developing and non-developed countries;

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Marcello Ienca

+41 44 632 03 13
[email protected]
Profile
@MarcelloIenca

  • Senior Research Fellow, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, Competence Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Science, ETH Zurich;
  • Steering Group on Neurotechnology, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD);
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Theoretical neuroethics; Empirical neuroethics; Data ethics and governance; Ethics of artificial intelligence; Theoretical cognitive science; User-centered and ethical design; Technology assessment; Technology and human rights; Health policy; Research ethics; Philosophy of mind; Philosophy of science; Philosophy of technology;

Research Focus: My research focuses on the ethics and governance of biomedical data, ethically aligned artificial intelligence (AI), neuroethics, responsible innovation for emerging technologies at the human-​machine interface and on the nexus between emerging technologies and human rights. I combine philosophical and empirical methods. I am the PI of several research projects on in the areas of neurotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, and digital health. I am also an expert advisor to the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence and a member of the Steering Group on Neurotechnology and Society of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD).

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Judy Illes, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS

1 (604) 822-0746
[email protected]
neuroethicscanada.ca

  • Professor and Director, National Core for Neuroethics, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia;
  • Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics;
  • President and Chairman of the Board, International Neuroethics Society; 

Areas of Expertise: Neuroethics; Neurotechnology; Biomedical ethics; Incidental findings; Neuroimaging, addiction; Mental health

Research Focus: Ethical, legal, social and policy implications of advances in the neurological sciences;

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L. Syd M Johnson, PhD

1 (906) 487-3232
[email protected]
@LSydMJohnson
University profile

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy & Bioethics, Department of Humanities, Michigan Tech
  • Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology, Michigan Tech
  • Member, Neuroethics Working Group, NIH BRAIN Initiative
  • Associate Editor, Neuroethics
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society

Areas of Expertise: Research ethics; Brain injury; Concussion; Disorders of consciousness; Animal ethics;

Research Focus: My work is focused primarily on disorders of consciousness and sport-related concussion;

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Ralf J. Jox, MD PhD

[email protected]
+41 79 556 6258
University Profile

  • Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine and Biology, University of Lausanne;
  • Chair, Clinical Ethics Unit, Institute of Humanities in Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Switzerland;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Clinical neuroethics, disorders of consciousness, dementia, brain death, brain-computer interface

Research Focus: My current work in neuroethics is focused on ethical and anthropological implications of brain-computer interfaces.

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Philipp Kellmeyer, Dr med, MD, MPhil

++49-761-270-87570
[email protected]
@neuroastics
University Profile

  • Department of Neurosurgery, University of Freiburg Medical Center;
  • Intracranial EEG and Brain Imaging Group, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg;
  • Affiliated Researcher, Instiute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich (Switzerland);
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;
  • Member, INS Emerging Issues Advisory Task Force;

Areas of Expertise: Neurology; Neuroimaging; Cognitive Neuroscience; Brain-Computer Interfacing; Neurophilosophy; Neuroethics;

Research Focus: I currently work on a novel wireless brain-computer interface for severely paralyzed patients;

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Eran Klein, MD/PhD

1-206-685-8915
[email protected]
University profile

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University;
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington;
  • Consultant Neuroethicist, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, University of Washington;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society

Areas of Expertise: Neurology; Neurotechnology; Brain-computer interface (BCI); Deep brain stimulation (DBS); Dementia; Informed consent;

Research Focus: I currently work on ethical issues arising from the development and translation of neurotechnologies, specifically brain-computer interface (BCI) and deep brain stimulation (DBS).

Denis Larrivee, PhD

1 864-607-3442
[email protected]
[email protected]

  • Visiting Scholar, Neiswanger Bioethics Institute, Loyola University Chicago;
  • Former Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell University Medical School, NYC;
  • Communications Committee, International Neuroethics Society;
  • Member, International Association Catholic Bioethicists;

Areas of Expertise: Philosophical perspectives on human nature, neuroscience, and neurotechnology; Ethical and cultural implications of neuroenhancement;

Research Focus: Philosophical and ethical issues at the intersection of human nature and neurotechnology; Neuroaugmentation and philosophy of systems;

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Gabriel Lazaro-Munoz, PhD, JD, MBE

1-713-798-2672
[email protected]
@GLMbioethics
University profile

  • Assistant Professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine;
  • Chair, Ethics Committee, International Society of Psychiatric Genetics;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Invasive neuromodulation; psychosurgery; deep brain stimulation for movement disorders; deep brain stimulation for psychiatric disorders; pediatric deep brain stimulation; genetics; psychiatric genetics, ELSI; embryo screening for polygenic conditions;

Research Focus: Current NIH-funded grants focus on neuroethics issues related to closed-loop deep brain stimulation, pediatric deep brain stimulation, and psychiatric genetics.

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Lori Marino, PhD

1-435-644-4436
[email protected]
Work profile

  • President, Whale Sanctuary Project;
  • Executive Director, The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Comparative neuroscience, animal behavior, brain evolution, intelligence; consciousness, self-awareness, cetaceans;

Research Focus: The evolution of brain and intelligence in cetaceans

Hannah Maslen, DPhil

+44 (0)1865 286888
[email protected]
hannahmaslen.wordpress.com

  • Research Fellow in Ethics, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Neuroethics; Law; Bioethics;

Research Focus: Ethical, legal and social implications of neurointervention technologies; Deep brain stimulation; Brain-computer interfaces; Cognitive enhancement;

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Emily R.D. Murphy, PhD, JD

310-983-3345
[email protected]
UCLA Bio

  • Research Fellow, Program on Understanding Law, Science, & Evidence, UCLA;
  • Lecturer in Law, UCLA;
  • Regular Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Behavioral neuroscience; Law; Brain science as evidence; Brain-science based policy; Addiction; Criminal law; Litigation; Public interest law; Civil rights; Disability; Education;

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Roland Nadler, JD, MA

[email protected]
@RolandNadler
LinkedIn Profile

  • Doctoral Student, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia;
  • Student/Postdoc Committee Chair, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Law and neuroscience; Scientific expertise in law; Cultural and societal impact of brain science; Cognitive enhancement; Punishment and sentencing; Regulation of neurotechnology and neurosurgery

Research Focus: How might existing legal doctrine, procedural rules, and political / governance ideals adapt to the percolation of brain knowledge and technology into courtroom fact-finding?

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Peter B. Reiner, VMD, PhD

1-250-537-6560
[email protected]
peterbartreiner.com
@peterbart

  • Professor of Neuroethics, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia;
  • Faculty member, UBC ICICS Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making and Action;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Cognitive enhancement, autonomy, privacy of thought, Empirical neuroethics

Research Focus: Neuroethics of artificial intelligence, especially the issues associated with AI as a means of cognitive enhancement

Julie Robillard, PhD

1 (604) 827-0642
[email protected]
julierobillard.com

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia;
  • Faculty, National Core for Neuroethics and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health;

Areas of Expertise: Neuroethics; aging; dementia; technology; eHealth; Social media;

Research Focus: Ethics of emerging technologies for dementia and mental health research and care;

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Karen Rommelfanger, PhD Neuroscience

1 (404) 727-1150
[email protected]
karenrommelfanger.com

Areas of Expertise: Bioethics; Neuroscience; Placebo; Brain machine interface; Brain stimulation; Psychogenic disorders; Cross-cultural ethics; Psychiatry; Neurology; Mind-body; Cognitive enhancement; Neural prosthetics;

Research Focus: Dr. Karen S. Rommelfanger's research explores how evolving neuroscience and neurotechnologies challenge societal definitions of disease and medicine. A key part of her work is fostering communication across multiple stakeholders in neuroscience. As such she edits the largest international online neuroethics discussion forum The Neuroethics Blog and she is a frequent contributor and commentator in popular media such as The New York Times, USA Today, and The Huffington Post.

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John Z. Sadler, MD

+01 214-648-4960
[email protected]
www.utsouthwestern.edu/ethics

  • Professor of Psychiatry & Clinical Sciences and the Daniel W. Foster, MD Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society

Areas of Expertise: Psychiatric ethics; Philosophy of psychiatry; Psychiatric diagnosis; Crime and mental illness;

Research Focus: Currently my major projects are two books: authoring "Vice and Psychiatric Diagnosis," a consideration of whys and implications of wrongful and criminal concepts in psychiatric categories, and co-editing "The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics," a reference text with Manuel Trachsel as lead editor.

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Elaine Snell

+44 (0)20 7738 0424;
Mobile (0)7973 953794;
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise: Public relations and communications—science, medicine and health;

Laura Specker Sullivan, PhD

+1 (206) 543-5855
[email protected]
@speckerlaura
lauraspeckersullivan.com

  • Postdoctoral Neuroethics Fellow, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, University of Washington;
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Core for Neuroethics, University of British Columbia;
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington
  • Early Career Scholar, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Biomedical ethics; Ethical theory; Neuroethics; Cross-cultural ethics; Japanese philosophy; Philosophy of law; Informed consent; Brain computer tnterfaces

Research Focus: Conceptual and empirical ethical issues at the intersection of ethical theory, biomedical science, and society; Current projects include studies of brain computer interfaces, persuasive technology, and Japanese informed consent practices;

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Anthony Weiss, MD, MBA

617-667-1351
[email protected]
Faculty profile

  • Chief Medical Officer, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center;
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School;
  • Faculty, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School;
  • Member, International Neuroethics Society;
  • Member, Emerging Issues Advisory Task Force, International Neuroethics Society;

Areas of Expertise: Biomendical ethics, Neuroethics, Psychiatric ethics, Psychosurgery, Cognitive liberty/neuroprivacy, Regulatory aspects of healthcare delivery;