Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Affiliated Membership

The Center hopes to create a more cohesive community of ethics scholars in the Houston academic and medical community. Center affiliated membership is for those individuals who participate (or would like to begin participating) only in periodic teaching, such as first-year course small group facilitation, and/or collaborative work. We have an ongoing application process for those interested in becoming a center affiliated member and all interested parties are encouraged to apply. Please send completed applications to Amber Eakin.

All Center faculty and affiliated members are encouraged to participate in center activities, including a monthly journal club, which meets the second Thursday of each month. We will host an annual meeting of all Center faculty, including faculty with secondary center appointments, and an annual retreat for all Center affiliates, including all faculty and affiliated members.

We are very excited to work with all of you to create a more engaged and intellectually stimulating community of ethics scholars at the College!

Affiliated Members

Arthur Beaudet, M.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

John Belmont, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Susan Blaney, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine - Hematology and Oncology

Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology and Oncology

Malcolm Brenner, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy

Scott B. Cantor, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Health Services Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Richard Cheney, J.D.
Project Director, Bioethics, Houston Methodist Hospital

Elizabeth Chiao, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine - Infectious Disease

Michael Coburn, M.D. 
Professor/Department Chair, Scott Department of Urology

Ryan Coleman, M.D.
Fellow, Department of Pediatrics - Critical Care Medicine

Cedric Dark, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine - Emergency Medicine

Stephanie Desandro, M.S., PA-C
Instructor, School of Allied Health Sciences - Physician Assistant Program

Tanya Eble, M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic Counselor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics - Clinic for Metabolic and Genetic Disorders of Bone

Elizabeth Elliott, M.S., PA-C
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Critical Care Medicine

Barbara J. Evans, J.D., Ph.D., LLM
Professor of Law and Director, Center on Biotechnology & Law, University of Houston Law Center

Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute

William Fisher, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Professor, Department of Surgery - General Surgery

Ellen Friedman, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Beth Garland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/Licensed Psychologist, Department of Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine and Sports Medicine

Harvey Gordon, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Scott Department of Urology 

Jeanine Graf, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Bambi Grilley, B.S. 
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology-Oncology 

Alison Haddock, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine- Emergency Medicine

Susan Hilsenbeck, Ph.D. 
Professor, Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center

Deborah Horowitz, M.S. 
Physician Assistant, Department of Health Services

Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor/Founding Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Amy Howells, B.S.N.
Assistant Professor, Pediatric-Critical Care

Verena Kallhoff, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Administrative Fellow, Houston Methodist Research Institute

Rony Kampalath, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology

Julie Pamela Katkin, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Pediatric Pulmonary

Wayne Keathley, M.P.H.
President, CHI St. Luke’s Health/Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Wendy Keitel, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology

Sapna Kumar, J.D.
Associate Professor, University of Houston Law Center

Sandi Lam, M.B.A.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Dolores Lamb, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Urology and Molecular and Cellular Biology

Ching Lau, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

Christos Lazaridis, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Philip Lupo, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

David Mann, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Anesthesiology

Sheryl McCurdy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Charles Millikan, D. Min.
Vice President, Spiritual Care, Houston Methodist

Whitney Mills, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine- Health Services Research

Lauren Neely, J.D.
Assistant Director, Hobby Center for Public Policy, University of Houston 

C. Kent Osborne, M.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology - Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Biology

Iwen Pan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

D. Will Parsons, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology and Oncology

Laura Petersen, M.D., M.P.H., FACP
Professor, Department of Medicine and Director, Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence

Joseph Petrosino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology

Sharon Plon, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology-Oncology

Lorraine Potocki, M.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Frank Probst, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Janelle Rios, Ph.D.
Director of Continuing Education, Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, The University of Texas School of Public Health

Jessica L. Roberts, J.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Houston Law Center

Rachel Rose, J.D., M.B.A.
Attorney in private practice

Sheldon Rubenfeld, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine - General Medicine

Ann Scanlon-McGinity, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Chief Operating Officer, Global Health Care Services

Michael E. Scheurer, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology-Oncology

Kyle Scott, Ph.D.
Lecturer, University of Houston, Political Science and Honors College

Brandi B. Scully, M.D.
Resident, Department of Surgery - Division of General Surgery

Mariella Self, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Michael Sprehe, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology and Oncology

Wendi Stewart, M.S., PA-C
Assistant Professor, School of Allied Health Sciences - Physician Assistant Program

Cayla Teal, MA, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of Education Evaluation and Research, BCM-MD Program

Tessy Ann Thomas, D.O., M.B.E.
Instructor, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Ignatia Van den Veyver, M.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Robert J. Volk, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Tao Wang, MS
Senior Biostatistician, Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center

David Wheeler, MS, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics - Human Genome Sequencing Center

Thomas Wheeler, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Immunology