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Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, FACEP

Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities
Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine

Director, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Dr. Arthur Derse is the Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and is Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities, and Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Derse is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Veterans Health Administration, and member and past chair of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). He is a member of the board of the American Society fo Law, Medicine and Ethics (ASLME).  He served as Senior Consultant for Academic Affairs at the American Medical Association's Institute for Ethics and as a member of the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging.

His educational activities include direction of the medical school's medical ethics curriculum and several graduate school courses encompassing law, ethics education and ethics consultation.  He also directs two of the medical school's medical humanities elective courses.  He directed the school's former second-year required Medical Ethics and Palliative Medicine course for 15 years.

Dr. Derse serves as ethics committee chair at Froedtert Hospital (the adult university hospital of the Medical College of Wisconsin) and ethics consultant for the Milwaukee VA Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. His publication and research has focused on emergency medicine and ethics, confidentiality, informed consent, end-of-life decision making, the doctor-patient relationship and the use of the internet in academic bioethics and medicine. He is co-author of the Code of Ethics of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Practical Ethics for Students, Interns and Residents: A Short Reference Manual, 3rd Edition.

Dr. Derse serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Bioethics, the Journal of Clinical Ethics, the Medical Ethics Advisor and the Virtual Mentor. He is the founder and moderator of the MCW Bioethics Discussion Forum, a nationally recognized academic online discussion group. He is a recipient of the Gold Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and was elected to the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Society of Teaching Scholars. He received the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 2008 Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Derse is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School and the University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude, and he completed emergency medicine residency and a fellowship in medical education at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He is board certified in emergency medicine and licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.

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