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John Arras
John Arras (PhD Northwestern) is Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of Bioethics Minor Program. He is also a fellow at the Hastings Center and former clinical bioethics faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. Professor Arras directs the Undergraduate Program in Bioethics and teaches graduate seminars at the intersection of ethics, political philosophy and bioethics. He is affiliated with the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the Medical School, and teaches in UVA's interdisciplinary MA program in bioethics.

John Arras' CV

Current courses include: "Justice and Health Care," "Reproductive Ethics," "Research Ethics," and "Global Justice, Health, and Human Rights."

Current research interests include: public health ethics, research on human subjects, international research ethics, theories of global justice and the social determinants of health, and methods of ethics.

He is currently completing a long-gestating book (tentative title: "Curb Your Enthusiasm: Skeptical Reflections on Method in Bioethics").

The author of over 60 articles in bioethics, Arras is also co-editor of Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Human Subjects Research (Hopkins, 2003); Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, 7th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2007); and Bringing the Hospital Home (Hopkins, 1995).

Professor Arras is a longtime Fellow and Board member of the Hastings Center, the nation's preeminent research institute in bioethics. He also consults regularly at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, and serves as a member of the ethics advisory board of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta . His work for the CDC currently focuses on vaccine policy and preparedness for a predicted world pandemic of avian influenza, and on the ethical dimensions of public health emergency preparation and response.

Prior to his move to UVA in 1995, Arras was for 14 years Associate Professor of Bioethics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center, and adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College/Columbia University. During those years he also served as a member of former Governor Mario Cuomo's New York State Task Force on Life and the Law. In 2005 Arras was named Alumni Association Distinguished Professor at UVA, and in 2006 he received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council on Higher Education.

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