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Philip Franklin Wagley Chair in Biomedical Ethics

Berman Institute of Bioethics, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Established in 1995 by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Harvey M. Meyerhoff, and family and friends in honor of Dr. Philip Franklin Wagley

Dr. PHILIP FRANKLIN WAGLEY was a prominent Baltimore internist who created and taught a highly regarded course in medical ethics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The course, which Dr. Wagley taught for 11 years before retiring in 1987, helped medical students identify and resolve such ethical problems in medicine as AIDS, abortion, health care for the elderly and health care costs. Dr. Wagley broadened the discussion of these issues by bringing lawyers, theologians, philosophers and other physicians to the class. In recognition of his pioneering efforts and commitment in the field of medical ethics, the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, with donations from Harvey Meyerhoff and family and friends of Dr. Wagley, established the Philip Franklin Wagley Chair in Medical Ethics in 1995.

Held by Ruth R. Faden

fadenruthRUTH R. FADEN, PhD, MPH, is the Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute. Dr. Faden is the author and editor of many books and articles on biomedical ethics and health policy including Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy (with Madison Powers), A History and Theory of Informed Consent (with Tom L. Beauchamp), AIDS, Women and the Next Generation (Ruth Faden, Gail Geller and Madison Powers, eds.), and HIV, AIDS and Childbearing: Public Policy, Private Lives (Ruth Faden and Nancy Kass, eds.). With Madison Powers, Dr. Faden’s current book project is tentatively titled: Structural Injustice: Deprivation, Disadvantage and Domination.

Dr. Faden is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the Hastings Center and the American Psychological Association. She has served on numerous national advisory committees and commissions, including President Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, which she chaired. Dr. Faden co­launched the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, sponsor of the 7 by 5 Agenda for Ethics and Global Food Security. Dr. Faden is a co-founder of the Hinxton Group, a global community committed to advancing ethical and policy challenges in stem cell science, and the Second Wave project, an effort to ensure that the health interests of pregnant women are fairly represented in biomedical research and drug and device policies.

In 2011, Dr. Faden was the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR).

Dr. Faden’s current research focuses on structural justice theory and on national and global challenges in food and agriculture, learning health care systems, health systems design and priority setting, and access to the benefits of global investments in biomedical research. Dr. Faden also works on ethical challenges in biomedical science and in women’s health.