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Dr. Art Derse elected as a prestigious Hastings Center Fellow

Our own, Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, FACEP (Julia and David Uihlein Chair in Medical Humanities; Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine; Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities) has been elected as a prestigious Hastings Center Fellow. Dr. Derse is the first MCW faculty member (and first emergency physician) to be elected in the Hasting Center’s 50-year history.

Hastings Center Fellows are a group of individuals of outstanding accomplishment whose work has informed scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research, and the environment. Dr. Derse is director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, the Julia and David Uihlein Chair in Medical Humanities, and Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine in the Institute for Health and Equity at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Derse began his faculty appointment in MCW’s Department of Emergency Medicine after completing his emergency medicine residency at MCW in 1983 and has taught at the Milwaukee County (Doyne) Hospital, Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, served on their ethics committees, and has served as Froedtert Hospital Ethics Committee chair since 1998.

He is a board member of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors and of the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics, a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and served as chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Veterans Health Administration.

His research has focused on emergency medicine and ethics, law and bioethics, confidentiality, informed consent, end-of-life decision-making, and the doctor-patient relationship.

The Hastings Center is the original and preeminent bioethics research institute and publishes The Hastings Center Report, a leading bimonthly bioethics journal. Election as a Hastings Center Fellow for a bioethicist has been compared to election to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine for comparable professionals. As a result of his election, Dr. Derse will join the Hastings Center and its scholars in producing books, articles, and other publications on ethical questions in medicine, science, and technology that help inform policy, practice, and public understanding.

Congrats Dr. Derse!