As Executive Director, Bob works with the Leadership Team on the overall direction and vision for the Institute. Given his interest in medical ethics, Bob is particularly drawn towards developing and facilitating those Institute programs that feature problems with value conflicts and ethical dilemmas.
“I have become increasingly intrigued with the Institute’s approach to learning as a unique and vivid way to teach bioethics in the clinical setting. Instead of approaching ethical dilemmas as intellectual puzzles, we engage them directly as challenges to be solved in the conversations between clinicians, patients, and families.”
Bob is a professor of medical ethics, anesthesiology & pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and is Director of the Center for Bioethics at HMS, where he oversees all of the educational and research activities in bioethics at the medical school, from the ethics curriculum for the medical students to a new Master’s Degree program in Bioethics, the Fellowship program in Bioethics, and a variety of post-graduate seminars and courses. He is also active in ethics on the Cambridge campus, teaching undergraduates and serving as chair of the committee that oversees the ethical aspects of all human embryonic stem cell research at the University.
In his clinical role, he is a senior associate in critical care medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he serves on the full-time clinical staff of the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit, caring for children with both acute and chronic life-threatening conditions.
Bob’s academic work is in bioethics, and is focused primarily on those issues that are relevant to the care of children and the critically ill. He has published more than 200 articles and books in bioethics and related disciplines. His recent books include “Talking with Patients and Families about Medical Error: A Guide for Education and Practice (2010, JHUP), and Death, Dying, and Organ Transplantation (2012, Oxford). In 2013 he was awarded the Shubin/Weil Master Clinician-Teacher Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and was honored with the Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam.