Paul Appelbaum is the Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine and Law, Columbia University, and directs Columbia's Center for Research on the Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics.

Jennifer S. Bard is the Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law Program and JD/MD programs at Texas Tech University School of Law. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center's School of Medicine.

Joann N. Bodurtha is professor of pediatrics and oncology, McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.

Wendy Chung teaches pediatrics and medicine and is Director of Clinical Genetics at Columbia University.

Christy L. Cummings is an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an attending neonatologist in the Division of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center.

Joseph J. Fins is The E. William Davis Jr. Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College. His latest book, Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics & The Struggle for Consciousness, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

Ronald M. Green is Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values and a member of the Religion Department at Dartmouth College. Among his books are The Human Embryo Research Debates (Oxford 2001) and Babies by Design (Yale 2007).

Jennifer L. Herbst teaches law, ethics, and policy at Quinnipiac University's School of Law and The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine.

Laura Hermer teaches law at Hamline University School of Law. Her current research focuses on changes in access to health coverage and care under the Affordable Care Act.

Craig M. Klugman is the Reuter Professor of Medical Humanities at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics in the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. In August, he will become professor and chair of the Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University.

Paul Lauritzen is a professor at John Carroll University in Cleveland. His most recent book is The Ethics of Interrogation (Georgetown 2013).

Noah Levin is an instructor at Golden West College. He holds his master's degree in philosophy from Bowling Green State University and is completing his doctoral thesis there.

Erik Parens is a senior research scholar at The Hastings Center and co-editor of Wrestling with Behavioral Genetics: Science, Ethics, and Public Conversation (Johns Hopkins 2006).

Nicole Piemonte is a doctoral student at the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Thomas J. Smith is professor of oncology, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center of Johns Hopkins, and the Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Medicine, and director of palliative medicine, for Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Meredith Stark is a faculty member in the Division of Medical Ethics, within the Department of Public Health, at Weill Cornell Medical College.

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