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Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies

Emeritus Faculty

Loretta Kopelman, PhD, Professor Emeritus.  Dr. Kopelman founded and chaired the Department of Medical Humanities at The Brody School of Medicine from 1978 to 2005 and taught in the department until 2008.  She received her doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Rochester.  Dr. Kopelman published on topics including medical ethics, bioethics, the rights of women, children and retarded individuals, research ethics, philosophy and medicine, education, consent, competency, and bias and allocating medicine.  Her edited or co-edited books include: The Rights of Children and Retarded Persons; Ethics and Mental Retardation; Critical Care Medicine; Children and Health Care: Moral and Socials Issues; Building Bioethics: Conversations with Clouser and FriendsPhysician-Assisted Suicide: What are the Issues?; and Ethics and AIDS in Africa.


John Moskop, PhD, Professor Emeritus.  Dr. Moskop taught in the Department of Medical Humanities from 1979 through January 2009 and was Director of the Bioethics Center from 1995 to 2009.  He received his doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.  He published articles and book chapters on ethical issues in death and dying, organ transplantation, the allocation of health care, and other topics in bioethics.  His publications include the following co-edited volumes: Ethics and Mental Retardation; Ethics and Critical Care Medicine; and Children and Health Care: Moral and Social Issues.