BOARD OF ADVISERS
Dr. Robert Sade, M.D.
Dr. Sade is Professor of Surgery & Director of the Institute of Human Values in Health Care at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He was formerly chair of the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, and is currently serving as Medical Director of the South Carolina Organ Procurement Agency (LifePoint). He received his BA from Wesleyan University in 1959 and his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1963. His surgical training at several Harvard teaching hospitals concluded with his serving as chief resident in cardiac surgery at the Children’s Hospital Boston. He was a member of the cardiac surgery faculty at the Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, before moving to MUSC in 1975 to create and head the pediatric cardiac surgery program.
At MUSC, Dr. Sade has served as Assistant Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Medicine, President of the Medical Staff, and Medical Director of the University Medical Center. He has written several hundred published articles, book chapters, and books on cardiothoracic surgery, medical education, biomedical ethics, and health policy. Among other editorial duties, he currently serves as Associate Editor (Ethics) of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and on the Advisory Editorial Board of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. His current national positions include Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, and Chair of the Standards and Ethics Committee of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Dr. Robert M. Veatch
Robert M. Veatch, Ph. D., is Professor of Medical Ethics and the former Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He also holds appointments as professor in the Philosophy Department and has held appointment as adjunct professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown’s Medical Center. He is the Senior Editor of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal and a member or former member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, American Journal of Bioethics, and Death Studies.
In the classroom, Veatch has taught over 10,000 students at Georgetown University and Columbia University, as well as in visiting professorships at Dartmouth, Brown, Albany Medical College, and St. George’s University in Grenada. His two primary courses at Georgetown have been “Theories of Medical Ethics” and “The Ethics of Death and Dying.” His current research is on the history of professional medical ethics and its relation with philosophical and religious ethics and on problems related to the concept of Acommon morality. He has also worked extensively in areas of death and dying, human experimentation, and organ transplantation.
Veatch has served as an ethics consultant and expert witness in over 30 legal cases dealing with issues in bioethics, including the legal case of Karen Ann Quinlan, the woman whose parents won the right to forgo life-support (1975-76), and the case of Baby K, the anencephalic infant whose mother insisted on the right of access to ventilatory support. In the community, he has served as President of the Board of Directors of Hospice Care of the District of Columbia, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, and former member of the United Network for Organ Sharing Ethics Committee. In 2002 he was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award of the United Methodist Association for service with their national ethics committee from 1988-2002. In 2005 he received the Research Career Recognition Award, Georgetown University and in 2008 received the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his career he has been an advocate for the rights and welfare of patients as active decision makers in medicine.
Dr. Amanda Brown, DDS
Dr. Amanda Brown is a dentist, mother, and owner of the Herbert Dental Group in Leesburg, Virginia. She has been practicing actively for the last ten years in a family practice setting geared towards comprehensive dental care.
Brown graduated with honors from the Medical College of Virginia in 1998 and received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University in 1993. She proudly acknowledges her two children as her greatest accomplishment to date.
Recently Dr. Brown faced her most difficult challenge: Shortly after the birth of her second child, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She successfully battled surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to regain her health. Facing a life threatening illness has given her first hand insight (both positive and negative) to the patient experience. She feels strongly that patient education and advocacy are vital to obtaining optimal medical care.
Information about Dr. Brown’s dental group can be accessed at – http://www.herbertdentalgroup.com/
Dr. Edmund Howe
Dr. Howe received his undergraduate degree at Yale and his M.D. at Columbia. He completed an internship at Harlem Hospital and his residency in Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He attended Rutgers University law school and then received his law degree at Catholic University. Dr. Howe joined the USUHS faculty in 1977 and is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of Program in Medical Ethics. His research has focused on medical ethics with an emphasis on ethics in military medicine and clinical care at the end of life.
Dr. Howe’s professional contributions center around his interest in ethics. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Clinical Ethics and has served as a member of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, National Naval Medical Center, and Malcolm Grow U.S. Air Force Medical Center Ethics Committees, as well as the Ethics Committees at Montgomery Hospice, the Visiting Nurse Association, Springfield Psychiatric Hospital, the V.A. Hospital of Washington, DC, and the National Institutes of Health. He is Chair of the Committee of Ethics Consultants to the Surgeons General, the Human Use Institutional Review Board, USUHS, and the Ethics Subcommittee, Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces.
Dr. Howe is past Chair of International Health Law Committee of the International Law Section of the American Board Association and a past appointee to the Governor’s Commission of Health Care Policy and Financing for the State of Maryland. He is or has been a consultant at NIH, OTA, HHS, FDA, the US Public Health, the National Science Foundation and NASA. He is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, BMC Medical Ethics, and Psychiatry and is a reviewer for numerous publications including NEJM and JAMA. He is a Board Member of the Academy of Medicine of Washington, DC.