Center for Biomedical Ethics


Thomas A. Bledsoe, MD, FACP
MD, Brown Medical School
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Interim Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics
Brown Medical School
Dr. Bledsoe is a general internist and a clinical associate professor of medicine at BMS. He is the vice-chair of the Rhode Island Hospital Ethics Committee and has taught residents in Brown affiliated residency programs for several years. His areas of interest include medical education, as well as informed consent, models of shared decision making and ethical issues related to end-of-life care.

Jay M. Baruch, MD, FACEP
MD, SUNY, Stony Brook, School of Medicine
Dr. Baruch is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Director of Medical Education for Emergency Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chair of the Ability 1 Competency Committee, Effective Communication, Brown Medical School. Formerly, he was a Fellow in Medical Ethics at the Harvard Medical School and a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center. Dr. Baruch developed and taught the Brown Medical School course, "Practicing Socially Responsible Medicine in Complex Communities". He is an active member and former Chair of the Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee and also serves on the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Baruch is the Founder and Director of the Ocean State Ethics Network. His academic interests involve literature and medicine and the use of narrative skills in medical ethics.

Deirdre Fearon, MD, MA
MD, Brown Medical School
MA, Philosophy/Bioethics, Brown University
Dr. Fearon is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine and is an Attending Physician in the Hasbro Childrens' Hospital Emergency Department. She is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Brown Medical School. Dr. Fearon serves on the Rhode Island Hospital ethics committee and does ethics consultation for the Multidisciplinary Antenatal Diagnosis and Management (MADAM) team with the Program in Fetal Medicine, Brown Medical School.

Michael Felder, DO, MA
DO, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery
MA, Philosophy/Bioethics, Georgetown University

Dr. Felder is a family physician and clinical assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at Brown Medical School. In addition to his residency in Family Medicine, he completed his MA in Philosophy/Bioethics at Georgetown University and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. From 1990-97 he was the founding and ongoing chairperson of the ethics committee of Northern Dutchess Hospital and Community Health Plan (a not-for-profit HMO), both based in upstate NY. Dr. Felder has been actively involved in teaching students and residents at the Brown affiliated hospitals for several years. He has special interests in out-patient ethics, as well as ethical issues in managed care, Jewish medical ethics and ethical issues related to end-of-life care.

Edwin N. Forman, MD, FAAP
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Alan G. Hassenfeld Professor of Pediatrics
Brown Medical School
Associate, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Hasbro Children's Hospital/Rhode Island Hospital
Dr. Forman is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist whose principal interests are in caring for children afflicted with malignancies and serious blood problems, biomedical ethics and medical education. He is chair of the Rhode Island Hospital Ethics Committee and has taught bioethics to undergraduates, medical students, residents and faculty at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. He was Director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Rhode Island Hospital for 25 years. He is co-author with R.E. Ladd of a book entitled Ethical Dilemmas in Pediatrics: A Case Study Approach and has published a number of articles on bioethics in medical and philosophy journals.

Rosalind Ekman Ladd, PhD
PhD, Brown University
Professor Emerita, Wheaton College
Visiting Scholar in Philosophy, Brown University
Lecturer in Pediatrics, Brown Medical School
Affiliate Staff, Rhode Island Hospital

Professor Ladd has taught in the Biomedical Ethics undergraduate program and conducted hospital Ethics Rounds in collaboration with Dr. Edwin Forman since 1980. She is Co-Chair of the Bradley Hospital Ethics Committee and a member of the Ethics Committees at Rhode Island Hospital and Women and Infants. Publications include Ethical Issues in Home Health Care , with L. Pasquerella and S. Smith, Children's Rights Re-visioned: Philosophical Readings, and Ethical Dilemmas in Pediatrics: A Case Study Approach, with E.N. Forman, as well as a number of articles in medical and philosophy journals. She is Professor of Philosophy Emerita at Wheaton College.

Most recent publications: "Rights of the Autistic Child," in Children's Health and Children's Rights, ed. Michael Freeman, Martinus Nijhoff, 2006; "Ethical Issues in Surgical Management of Intersex Infants," with P. Gruppuso and E.N. Forman, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Bioethics Newsletter, Fall 2004. "The Child as Living Donor: Parental Consent and Child Assent," Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics Vol. 13, No. 2, Winter 2004.

Barry W. Wall, MD
MD, Medical University of South Carolina
Dr. Wall is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Brown Medical School. He has special interests in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and forensic psychiatry. His publications focus on forensic issues, including disability and competency to stand trial. He has interest in the provision of mental health and forensic services in the public sector and has leadership roles in local and national professional societies.

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