Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics

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About the Award and Lectureship

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Baruch A. Brody, Ph.D. (1943-2018)
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The Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, the Houston Methodist Hospital System, and the Rice University Department of Philosophy are pleased to renew this international $10,000 award and named lectureship in Baruch Brody’s memory. This award recognizes junior and mid-level scholars who have made important theoretical contributions to the field of bioethics. This award honors someone in the field who embodies the values and virtues that were central to Dr. Brody’s scholarly life and work at the three sponsoring institutions.

The award presentation and lecture will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 at 12 p.m. CST.

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Eligibility Criteria

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Successful applicants will have:

  • Received their last terminal degree within the last 15 years
  • Made philosophically-informed, conceptual contributions to the field of bioethics that are of clinical and practical import
  • Demonstrated leadership in, and commitment to, the field of bioethics
  • Made scholarly, institutional or organizational contributions of clinical and practical importance 
  • Been appointed to a faculty appointment at an academic institution
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Award Includes

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  • $10,000 award (SSN or ITIN required)
  • Spending three days as a Visiting Scholar at the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, offering an opportunity to build collaborations at Houston Methodist Hospital System and Rice University Department of Philosophy (e.g., deliver various one-off talks, one on one meetings with faculty, etc.)
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Nomination Process

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The call for nominations period is June 14 - July 30, 2021. 

To nominate an individual for the Baruch A. Brody Lecture, please provide the following material. Candidates who were previously nominated are eligible to be re-nominated.

  1. Nomination form: To be completed by someone other than the nominee.
  2. Two letters outlining the nominee’s eligibility for this award (maximum two pages each) addressed to the Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics Selection Committee. Letter 1 is a letter of support written by the nominator; Letter 2 is a personal statement of interest written by the nominee. Each letter should describe the nominee’s:
    • Philosophically-informed theoretical contributions to the field of bioethics that are of clinical and practical import
    • Demonstrated leadership in, and commitment to, the field of bioethics, and their impact on the field
    • Scholarly, institutional, or organizational efforts of clinical and practical importance
  3. Nominee CV
  4. Nominee publication: One published paper that best characterizes the nominee’s intellectual and conceptual contribution to the field of bioethics

The nomination packet, comprised of the items listed above, should be compiled into a single PDF document. The nomination packet must be sent to Karen  Frumovitz (klfrumov@bcm.edu) by July 30, 2021. The entire nomination packet must be sent in one email. 

The Selection Committee members will video interview the top three candidates and choose an award recipient. 

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Selection Committee

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  • Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A., Cullen Professor of Medical Ethics, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Brake, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rice University
  • Jeremy Brody, Chief Strategy Officer, Kantar Health
  • Janet Malek, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine; Director, Houston Methodist Biomedical Ethics Program
  • Laurence McCullough, Ph.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Zucker School of Medicine of Hofstra/Northwell; Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Amy McGuire, J.D., Ph.D., Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Charles Millikan, D. Min., Vice President for Spiritual Care and Values Integration, Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Timothy Schroeder, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Rice University
  • Peter Zuk, Ph.D., Bioethics Research Fellow, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine 
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About Dr. Brody

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Learn more about Dr. Brody. If you are interested in contributing to the Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics or the Baruch A. Brody Outstanding Student Award, given to Baylor Medical Ethics Pathway students whose capstone projects best demonstrate ways to apply ethical thinking to medical settings and situations, visit the donation page.