Fabrice Jotterand, PhD
Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities; Director, Graduate Program in Bioethics
- Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
MA, Cum Laude, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
MA, McGill University
PhD (with distinction), Rice University
“Ethics in health science education is more than compliance to rules and norms. It is about character development and the acquisition of the intellectual habits that will define one’s path in clinical practice and biomedical research.”
- Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA
Dr. Fabrice Jotterand joined MCW in 2016 where he is associate professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities and serves as Director of the Graduate Program in Bioethics. He holds a second appointment as Senior Researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He is originally from Switzerland but moved to the United States in 1995 for his education and subsequent academic career.
Under his leadership, the Graduate Program in Bioethics is committed to promoting a tradition of academic excellence and fostering a student-centered learning environment. Recognizing that our modern health care system is evolving at a time when our efforts to deliver high-quality, cost-effective patient centered care are becoming increasingly complex and expensive, he provides guidance and mentorship to MCW graduate students in bioethics to examine these challenges in order to enhance their clinical practice. Advances in the biomedical sciences and biotechnology are in greater demand by patients and healthcare professionals who see them as essential to the delivery of quality care and better outcomes. Efforts to maintain these expectations in our modern health care environment are likely to raise ethical, legal, and policy challenges for everyone as resources dwindle. The increasing reliance on innovation and adoption of powerful biotechnologies to meet these expectations require a critical and interdisciplinary analysis through the lens of bioethical inquiry.
Dr. Jotterand’s experience as an educator has been fostered by more than a decade of teaching courses in bioethics, neuroethics and medical humanities. He brings his experience to the service of MCW, the broader Milwaukee community, and the students in the Graduate Program in Bioethics. Educated in Switzerland, Canada, and the United States, he brings an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary perspective on issues pertaining to medicine and health care delivery, essential in our pluralistic society.
Dr. Jotterand’s scholarship and research interests focus on issues including neuroethics, ethical issues in psychiatry and mental health, the use of neurotechnologies in psychiatry, medical professionalism, neurotechnologies and human identity, and bioethics and moral/political philosophy. He has published more than 50 articles and book chapters as well as reviews in leading academic journals and has published four books. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, on the Editorial Board of Nanoethics, and on the Editorial Board of Archives of Public Health. He is the founding co-editor of the book series Advances in Neuroethics (Springer).
His present research focuses on an examination of the ethical, regulatory and social issues arising from the use of emerging neurotechnologies in psychiatry and neurology. He is working on a book, entitled The Unfit Brain and the Limits of Moral Bioenhancement (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan), that focuses on the ethical and social implications of the potential use of neurotechnologies in psychiatry to alter brain functions to address so-called “moral pathologies” (antisocial, aggressive, and harmful behavior; psychopathic traits). He is also involved in the research project called REDIRECT (Research in Early Child Development to Improve Resiliency and Equity). His contribution to the project is twofold: 1) develop a conceptual framework to address questions of health disparities that reflects a commitment to human flourishing and social justice; and 2) examine the significance, and the ethical and social implications of the knowledge produced by the “neuroscience of poverty”, and if these findings are relevant, 2) understanding how they may help develop strategies and policies to optimize brain development in children affected by low socioeconomic status (SES).
Dr. Jotterand is married and is the proud father of four children. He is an accomplished triathlete and runner, completing two Ironmans and six marathons. He completed his PhD at Rice University and a Master in Bioethics at McGill University.
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health Care
- Assistive Neurotechnologies
- Bioethics and Moral/Political Philosophy
- Clinical Ethics
- Cognitive Enhancement
- Emerging biotechnologies
- End of Life
- Ethical Issues in Psychiatry and Mental Health
- Human Enhancement
- Justice and Health Care
- Co-editor, Advances in Neuroethics (Springer) book series
- Director, Graduate Program in Bioethics
(Ienca M, Wangmo T, Jotterand F, Kressig RW, Elger B.) Sci Eng Ethics. 2018 08;24(4):1035-1055 PMID: 28940133 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85029765694 09/25/2017
(Williams AM, Liu Y, Regner KR, Jotterand F, Liu P, Liang M.) Physiol Genomics. 2018 04 01;50(4):237-243 PMID: 29373082 PMCID: PMC5966805 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85046104804 01/27/2018
(Ienca M, Jotterand F, Elger BS.) Neuron. 2018 01 17;97(2):269-274 PMID: 29346750 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85044847978 01/19/2018
(Ienca M, Kressig RW, Jotterand F, Elger B.) J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2017 11 14;14(1):115 PMID: 29137639 PMCID: PMC5686808 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85034111924 11/16/2017
(Racine E, Dubljević V, Jox RJ, Baertschi B, Christensen JF, Farisco M, Jotterand F, Kahane G, Müller S.) Bioethics. 2017 Jun;31(5):328-337 PMID: 28503831 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85019212750 05/16/2017
(Ienca M, Jotterand F, Elger B, Caon M, Scoccia Pappagallo A, Kressig RW, Wangmo T.) J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;60(1):333 PMID: 28869482 09/05/2017
(Jotterand F, Levin SB.) Topoi. 15 March 2019;38(1):63-71 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85017189518 03/15/2019
(Ienca M, Lipps M, Wangmo T, Jotterand F, Elger B, Kressig RW.) Gerontechnology. 1 September 2018;17(3):139-150 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85057487460 09/01/2018
Jotterand, F. (2018). “The Boundaries of Legal Personhood” in Bess, M. & Walsh Pasulka, D. (Eds.). Human, Transhuman, Posthuman: Emerging Technologies and the Boundaries of Homo Sapiens. Farmington Hills: Macmillan Reference USA
(Jotterand F.) . 01/11/2018
Jotterand, F. & Ienca, M. (2017). “The Biopolitics of Neuroethics” in Racine, E. & Aspler, J. (Eds.). The Debate about Neuroethics: Perspectives on the Field’s Development, Focus, and Future. Dordrecht: Springer.
(Jotterand F, Ienca M.) . 10/11/2017
(Jotterand F.) Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future. 1 January 2017:411-425 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85051217296 01/01/2017