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Thomas H. Murray, Ph.D.

undefined Thomas H. Murray is President of The Hastings Center.  Dr. Murray was formerly the Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was also the Susan E. Watson Professor of Bioethics.  He is a founding editor of the journal Medical Humanities Review, and is on the editorial boards of The Hastings Center Report; Human Gene Therapy; Politics and the Life Sciences; Cloning, Science, and Policy; Medscape General Medicine; Teaching Ethics; Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.  He served as President of the Society for Health and Human Values and of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. 

Dr. Murray has testified before many Congressional committees, and is the author of more than 200 publications.  His most recent books are The Worth of a Child, published by the University of California Press, Healthcare Ethics and Human Values: An Introductory Text with Readings and Case Studies, Blackwell Publishers, edited with Bill Fulford and Donna Dickenson, The Cultures of Caregiving: Conflict and Common Ground among Families, Health Professionals and Policy Makers, edited with Carol Levine, and Genetic Ties and the Family: The Impact of Paternity Testing on Parents and Children, edited with Mark A. Rothstein, Gregory E. Kaebnick and Mary Anderlik Majumder. He is also editor, with Maxwell J. Mehlman, of the Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology, (John Wiley & Sons, 2000).  In January 2004 he received an honorary Doctor of Medicine degree from Uppsala University.

Current service includes:

  • Member, Agenda 2008 Study Group on Presidential Science and Technology Advisory Assets, Center for the Study of the Presidency
  • Member, International Advisory Board of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical EthicsChair, Ethical Issues Review Panel, World Anti-Doping Agency
  • Member, International Panel of Experts of the Singapore Bioethics Advisory Committee
  • US representative to the International Stem Cell Forum’s Ethics Working Party
  • Association of American Medical Colleges Task Force on Industry Sponsorship of Medical Education
  • Yale School of Nursing – NMPL Advisory Committee
  • Ethics Committee of HUGO, the Human Genome Organization
  • Board of Directors, Charity Navigator
  • Board of Directors, Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy
  • Consulting Editor in Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University Press

 Past service (selected) includes:

  • Advisory Committee for the Genomics Institute at the Wadsworth Center
  • Presidential appointment to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission from 1996-2001,

               chair of the subcommittee on genetics

  • US Olympic Committee’s Anti-Doping Committee
  • Ethics and Education Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency
  • Committee on Ethics of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Former Chair, Social Issues Committee of the American Society for Human Genetics.

              Working Group on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues to the National Human Genome Research

               Institute; Chair, the Task Force on Genetics and Insurance

  • Co-chair, Panel on NIH Research on Anti-Social, Aggressive and Violence-Related Behaviors

               and Their Consequences

  • NIH Director’s Working Group on Oversight of Gene Therapy Research
  • Association of American Medical Colleges Task Force on Conflicts of Interest
  • NIH Human Embryo Research Panel
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Cell, Tissue, and Genetic Therapies Advisory Committee
  • NIH Director’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Conflict of Interest




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