South East

South East regional group

The South East regional group of ethics and law leads is made up of representatives from the following medical schools:

  • Barts and the London (Queen Mary)
  • Brighton and Sussex
  • Imperial College London
  • King's College London
  • Oxford
  • St George's
  • Southampton
  • University College London

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About the group members

Barts and the London (Queen Mary) - Dr Miran Epstein

I am Reader in Medical Ethics at Barts and The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London. I am responsible for leading, organising and delivering the teaching of medical ethics and law throughout the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. I also lead and deliver a module on research ethics in the B Med Sci in Molecular Science course and a module on the history of contemporary medical ethics in the Bsc and Msc in Global Health course. My research interests are in the sociology and history of medical ethics and bioethics, history and philosophy of ideas, science and medicine, and critical theory. I have published widely on informed consent, end-of-life care, research ethics, transplant ethics, commercial conflicts of interest, and sociology of bioethics.

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Brighton and Sussex - Dr Bobbie Farsides

Bobbie Farsides is Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Bobbie's research work focuses on the experience of health care professionals working in ethically contested areas of medicine and biomedical science. Bobbie also has a strong interest in the intersection between ethics and public policy. In recent years much of her work has focused on the experience of children and young people in health care settings. She chaired the Nuffield Council on Bioethics working party on Children and Clinical Research and she is a member of the NICE Guideline writing group on End of Life Care for Children. She recently became Chair of the Ethics Advisory Board for the Life Study based at University College London and she sits on the Genomics England Ethics Advisory Boar

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Imperial College - Dr Wing May Kong PhD, MA, MbbChir, FRCP

I am a consultant endocrinologist in a West London Hospital and the Vertical Theme Head for Ethics, Leadership and Professionalism in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College.  As Vertical Theme Head, I am responsible for the organisation and delivery of teaching in ethics, law, professionalism, leadership and management throughout the undergraduate curriculum, ensuring vertical as well as horizontal integration.  We run a 10 week BSc module 'Death, Autopsy and the Law' which provides students with an opportunity to explore ethical and legal issues around death, dying and the dead body.  My research interests are around education in medical ethics and law and antenatal screening.

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St George's - Professor Deborah Bowman

I am Professor of Bioethics, Clinical Ethics and Medical Law at St. George's, University of London where I have worked since 2000. I am committed to educational innovation in teaching and learning about medical ethics and law and, in particular, the development of integrated curricula that not only meet the theoretical requirements of a core curriculum but also makes links with clinical practice and student support. Specific innovations in which I have been involved include the development of the 'educational incident form', clinical ethics road shows, a clinical ethics coaching and mentoring scheme, virtual patients and a student clinical ethics forum. Recently I have been working with Professor Mary Gentile on adapting her work - the 'Giving Voice to Values' project - for a UK healthcare context to support students and practitioners in navigating the gap that can exist between the educational and clinical learning settings. I am keen to draw on the humanities to foster ethical awareness and facilitate learning in ethics, in particular literature, drama, theatre and creative writing.

I am an accredited mediator and have an interest in manifestations and resolution of ethical disagreement. I maintain an active interest in clinical ethics and ward-based education and support. After serving as the Honorary Secretary to the St. George's Clinical Ethics Committee for five years, I now provide expert support to the Clinical Ethics Forum at Kingston NHS Trust where I hold an Honorary Contract.

I have written widely, particularly on the subjects of ethical erosion, medical error, primary care ethics, professional development in ethics, virtue ethics and public engagement in clinical ethics. One of my books (co-written with Drs Gautam Mehta and Bilal Iqbal for Oxford University Press) was highly commended in the 2011 BMA Book Awards. I have actively sought collaborations that cross disciplinary boundaries and bridge the gap between academic work, clinical practice and healthcare policy. I have contributed to a wide range of national organisations including the General Medical Council, the National Clinical Assessment Service, the Health Foundation, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence. I have a commitment to public engagement in bioethics and clinical ethics which has led to a number of collaborations with the media (in both drama and factual programming), contributions to national literary and science festivals and links to communities beyond the professional bioethics world. I am a regular panellist on, and advisor to, the programme Inside the Ethics Committee which is in its 8th year and I am currently developing a programme for the BBC about clinical ethics cases and stories that changed practice.

I am always happy to hear from colleagues interested or working in the field and thrive on collaboration.

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Oxford - Dr Michael Dunn

I am a Lecturer in Health and Social Care Ethics at the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford. I am also the Director of Undergraduate Medical Ethics and Law Education and the Director of the Ethox Centre's Graduate Research Training Programme. In these roles, I am responsible for leading, managing, and delivering the medical ethics and law curriculum to all clinical students within Years 4-6 of Oxford University's Medical School. I am also responsible for co-leading the development of a novel taught MSc programme focused on methodology in bioethics research to be launched in the Ethox Centre shortly. My academic research interests span a range of issues in healthcare ethics and bioethics, but the predominant focus of my current work seeks to address ethical questions presented by the development of community-based and long-term care practice, law and policy – both in the UK and internationally. I also have interests in ethics education, having undertaken published research on teaching methods (especially case-based learning), the relationship between medical ethics and medical professionalism, and on continuing professional development in ethics for junior healthcare professionals. I have completed, with Distinction, the University of Oxford's Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipLaTHE), with the focus of my portfolio submitted for this degree analysing the place of law and ethics teaching in vocational clinical education. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), and have significant experience in mentoring junior colleagues in teaching activities in medical ethics and bioethics. I am also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, and a member of both clinical and research ethics committees.

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Oxford - Professor Michael Parker

I am Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford. Together with Dr Michael Dunn and Dr Mark Sheehan, I teach medical ethics and law in the Oxford Medical School. My main research interest is in the ethics of collaborative global health research. Together with partners at the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes (MOPs) in Viet Nam, Malawi, Thailand-Laos, Kenya, and South Africa I co-ordinate the Global Health Bioethics Network - - which is a programme to carry out ethics research and build ethics capacity across the MOPs. The Global Health Bioethics Network is funded through a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award. Michael also leads the ethics programme of the Malaria Genomic Epidemiology Network (MalariaGEN) - My other main research interest is in the ethical aspects of the clinical use of genetics. Since 2001, with Anneke Lucassen, Tara Clancy, and Angus Clarke I have co-ordinated the Genethics Club - - a national ethics forum for health professionals and genetics laboratory staff in the United Kingdom to discuss the ethical issues arising in their day-to-day practice and to share good practice. This work has been published as Ethical Problems and Genetics Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2012).


St George's - Dr Carwyn Hooper

Dr. Carwyn Rhys Hooper is a Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law at St George's, University of London. He has formally studied medicine, philosophy, medical education and, courtesy of a PhD, law. But he also has a keen interest in history and literature. He has research interests in global bioethics, the application of political philosophy to healthcare and health policy, and the use of novel e-Learning resources in the teaching and assessment of medical ethics. He is a member of St George's Clinical Ethics Committee, St George's Ethical Review Board and the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics Research Department. He is also a columnist/blogger for The Conversation.

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Southampton - Dr Angela Fenwick

Angela Fenwick is Associate Professor in Medical Ethics and Education in the CELS unit (Clinical Ethics and Law) at the University of Southampton. She leads the ethics and law teaching for undergraduate medical students; teaches on a cross faculty interdisciplinary ethics module; and co-leads a masters module on the ethical, legal and social implications of genomic medicine. Angela has many years' experience of medical education and in particular developing and evaluating educational programmes. Her research focuses on ethical and social aspects of genetic and genomic medicine; the use of the body in medicine; and the limits of individual autonomy.

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Southampton - Professor Anneke Lucassen

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University College London - Dr Jayne Kavanagh

I am a Principal Clinical Teaching Fellow at UCL Medical School. I am responsible for designing and delivering the medical ethics and law curriculum throughout the undergraduate curriculum. I am also a practicing clinician in Sexual and Reproductive Health and lead the UCLMS widening participation project Target Medicine. My professional interests include: launching projects that address social injustice, prejudice and discrimination; making access to medicine fairer and women's sexual and reproductive health rights. I set up and support the UCL medical student political action groups: 'Viva la Vulva'; 'Medical Students for Choice'; and the student support network LGBTalk. I work with local activists, teachers and clinicians on FGM-related projects.

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