James F. Childress Receives Thomas Jefferson Award
October 25, 2002--
James F. Childress, a national expert on medical ethics who
served on President Clinton’s commission studying cloning,
received the University of Virginia’s highest honor, the Thomas
Jefferson Award, at Fall Convocation ceremonies today.
professor of ethics and medical education, was the 47th recipient
of the award that honors a member of the University community who
exemplifies in character, work and influences the ideals of the
of the Institute for Practical Ethics, Childress became interested
in ethics 32 years ago while participating in a program about donor
organs at U.Va. Law School.
we are pleased to honor James Franklin Childress, internationally
known as one of the co-founders and driving forces of the field
of biomedical ethics,” the award citation noted.
is “an outstanding scholar, a beloved teacher and a supportive
mentor to students, staff and faculty throughout the University
and to alumni around the world.”
of 15 experts on biomedical ethics named to a national advisory
by former President Clinton in 1996. Childress helped explore ethical
issues raised by experiments in human biology and behavior.
62, has written extensively on aspects of ethics, particularly euthanasia
and access to health care. Additionally, he has written numerous
articles and several books in biomedical ethics, including “Principles
of Biomedical Ethics” (with Tom L. Beauchamp), “Priorities
in Biomedical Ethics” and “Moral Reasoning in Conflicts.”
received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984-85, the same year the U.Va.
Alumni Association recognized him with its distinguished professor
joined the faculty in 1968, left briefly in1975 and returned in
1979. He was chair of the Department of Religious Studies from 1972
to 1975 and 1986 to1994, principal of
Monroe Hill College from 1988 to 1991 and was co-director of the
Virginia Health Policy Center from 1991 to1999. In 1990, he was
named Professor of the Year in Virginia by the Council for the Advancement
and Support of Education. Childress has been vice chair of the national
Task Force on Organ Transplantation, and he has also served on the
Board of Directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS),
the UNOS Ethics Committee, the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee,
the Human Gene Therapy Subcommittee, the Biomedical Ethics Advisory
Committee and several data and safety monitoring boards for National
Institutes of Health clinical trials.
is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, in
1998, was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of
the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a fellow of the Hastings
received his B.A. from Guilford College, his B.D. from Yale Divinity
School and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.
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