October 7, 2005
CONTACT: Kate Olderman
Penn Expert Elected President of National Bioethics
(Philadelphia, PA) - Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, Senior Fellow
at the Center for Bioethics and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry
at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine,
has been elected the President of the American Society for Bioethics and
Humanities (ASBH). The ASBH is the national professional organization
for scholars in bioethics and the medical humanities.
Wolpe did his undergraduate work in the sociology and psychology of religion
at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his PhD in Medical Sociology
from Yale University. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters.
His research examines the role of ideology and culture in medical thought,
encompassing such diverse fields as genetics and reproduction; neuroethics
and the integration of biotechnology into the human body; mental health
and illness; human subjects’ research; religion and its role in
bioethical debate, and death and dying. Wolpe is the author of the textbook,
Sexuality and Gender in Society and the end-of-life guide,
In the Winter of Life. He has been chosen by The Teaching Company
as a "Superstar Teacher of America" and his courses are nationally
distributed on audio and videotape.
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