Felicity Boardman is a senior research fellow at Warwick Medical School, having joined in 2010. She is a social scientist by background with a strong interest in empirical ethics research. Felicity's research interests focus on the social and ethical dimensions of reprogenetic decision making, and more specifically, the role of experiential knowledge of disability within these decisions.
Felicity is currently in receipt of an ESRC Future Research Leaders post-doctoral fellowship, exploring the views of affected families towards population level genetic screening for the neuromuscular condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Felicity teaches both Values in Medicine (MBChB students) and leads on a range of mixed methods research courses across the University.
Professor Kenneth Boyd - Honorary Vice-President
Professor Emeritus Kenneth Boyd teaches Medical and Biomedical Ethics in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine of the University of Edinburgh. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and a former General Secretary of the Institute of Medical Ethics. He chairs the Boyd Group on the Use of Animals in Science. He is College Cleric of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, of which he was elected a Fellow in 1997. He was editor of the Pond Report on the Teaching of Medical Ethics (1987)’, and co-editor with R Higgs and AJ Pinching of The New Dictionary of Medical Ethics (1997). He is author of numerous papers on medical ethics and humanities, including most recently ‘Genetic Models of Disease Resistance in Livestock: “What Does Our Conscience Want?”’, SCRIPT-ed (2008) 5:1; 161-167 ‘Coleridge, Medical Research and Metaphysical Imagination’ The Coleridge Bulletin NS 33 Summer 2009:13-23 and (with P Hall) 'Can Clinical Guidelines Afford to Ignore Cost-Effectiveness? An Ethical Perspective' PharmacoEconomics 34  529-531
Dr Ruth Bromley - Trustee
Ruth Bromley is the Lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School and a Clinical Fellow in Ethics, Law & Clinical Communication Skills at University Hospital South Manchester. She has been involved in undergraduate teaching for over a decade. When she is not teaching, Ruth is a GP, GP Appraiser and a Governing Body Member of South Manchester CCG Board. She sits on the Greater Manchester Police & Crime Commissioner's Independent Ethics Committee, which works to guide Greater Manchester Police on ethical aspects of its work.
Ruth's professional qualifications include MBChB, MRCGP and a PGCE. Her areas of clinical interest include Child Health & Safeguarding. She has an MA in Ethics of Cancer & Palliative Care and retains a close interest of End of Life issues, particularly the continued debate around Active Euthanasia & Physician Assisted Suicide. Her dissertation looked at the limitations to patient choice in state-funded healthcare, an issue which feels more pertinent as each year passes!
Professor Alastair Campbell - Honorary Vice-President
Emeritus Director and Visiting Professor, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, Alastair Campbell is the author of nine books in medical ethics and over 90 book chapters and journal articles.
Recent books include Health as Liberation (Pilgrim Press, 1995); Medical Ethics, 4th Edition, co-authored with Grant Gillett and Gareth Jones (Oxford University Press, 2005) and The Body in Bioethics (Routledge-Cavendish, 2009). His latest book is entitled Bioethics: The Basics (Routledge-Cavendish, 2013).
Dr Silvia Camporesi
Silvia Camporesi is a Lecturer in Bioethics & Society at King's College London, and Programme Director of the Master's programme in Bioethics & Society. Silvia's research interests lie at the intersections of genetics, ethics and society, with a special interest in sport.
Her first book, "From Bench to bedside to track & Field: the context of enhancement and its ethical relevance", was published for University of California Medical Humanities Press in 2014.
Silvia was formerly at the Centre for Humanities & Health at King's College London and at the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at University of California, San Francisco.
Enya Cooney - Observer
I am currently in my 6th year of Medicine at University College London. Although I had been interested in law generally since college, my specific interest in medical law was discovered and developed under the guidance of Professor Margaret Lloyd whilst undertaking her "Student Selected Component" on Euthanasia in year 1 of the MBBS program. With her continued support and encouragement, I decided to spend a year at Kings College London undertaking an iBSc in Medical Ethics and Law. I thoroughly enjoyed my year at King's, and am indebted to my professors (which included the IME's own Carolyn Johnston) for bringing to light my passion for ethics and expanding, developing and deepening my understanding of ethical theory and medical law, as well as teaching me to appreciate the various shades of grey when applying theory to practice. On my return to UCL I have become involved in expanding the ethics and law curriculum and making the student body more aware of the importance of "everyday ethics" in clinical practice. I am looking forward to providing the students' viewpoint to the IME through my new role as a student observer.
Dr Tom Douglas
I initially trained in clinical medicine at the University of Otago in New Zealand. During the course of my studies I became interested in philosophy, ethics and health economics, and on graduation I came to Oxford to pursue those interests by reading philosophy, politics and economics. Having caught the philosophy bug, I then stayed on in Oxford to complete a doctorate in philosophy and a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics before taking up my current post as Senior Research Fellow in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.
My research lies primarily in medical and theoretical ethics and focuses especially on the ethics of using medical interventions for non-medical purposes such as cognitive enhancement and behaviour modification. I am currently leading a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award on the use of neurointerventions in crime prevention. Other areas of research include infectious disease control, organ donation policy, medical injury compensation, moral status, and various topics in reproductive ethics.
Beyond research, I also sit on the Executive Committee of the Society for Applied Philosophy and am an Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Dr Merryn Ekberg
Dr Merryn Ekberg completed her PhD on the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Medical Genetics at the University of Melbourne. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow before moving to England to work as a Senior Lecture in Bioethics at the University of Northampton. Her research explores the ethical, legal and social aspects of medical genetics, assisted reproductive technologies and stem cell science. Her most recent papers have explored the ethical and legal issues arising from surrogacy and her current work is an exploration of the ethical issues arising from embryonic stem cell research.
Dr Nathan Emmerich
Nathan Emmerich is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast. He holds degrees in Philosophy and the History and Philosophy of Science (BA) and Healthcare Ethics (MA) from the University of Leeds. Following an M.Res, his PhD was supervised by a medical sociologist and focused on the ethics education delivered to UK medical students and its relation to broader process of moral socialisation and professional reproduction. Nathan has published on this topic and various other issues in bioethics, including: organ donation, death, social science research ethics, and the question of (bio)ethical expertise. His work is interdisciplinary and informed by the social theory of Pierre Bourdieu, science and technology studies, and the sociology/ anthropology of ethics and morality. Further information about his work can be found on his academia.edu page: https://qub.academia.edu/NathanEmmerich
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.
Dr Lucy Frith - Trustee
Dr Lucy Frith is Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Social Science in the University of Liverpool's Medical School. Her research focuses on the social and ethical aspects of health-care decision-making, policy and regulation, with particular interest in empirical ethics and socio-legal approaches. She has carried out research on pregnancy and childbirth; reproductive technologies (gamete and embryo donation); research ethics (clinical trials and public involvement and cross-cultural issues in consent); and the use of evidence in practice and policy. She has held visiting fellowships at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Science and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge and the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at the University of Hong Kong.
Dr Zoe Fritz
Zoë Fritz is a Consultant Physician at Cambridge University Hospitals and a Wellcome Fellow in Bioethics, based between Warwick and Cambridge Universities. She became interested in the possible negative effects of DNACPR orders while working as a Registrar in Acute Medicine and Intensive Care, and has conducted research on the use, ethics, and understanding of DNACPR orders. She and her colleagues in Cambridge have developed and assessed an alternative approach to DNACPR orders, the Universal Form of Treatment Options (UFTO) which contextualises the resuscitation decision amongst other treatment decisions, and is completed for all patients. Her current work is looking at the relationship between trust and questioning, particularly in the acute care setting, and investigating whether there is an optimal amount of information to share with patients.
Professor Raanan Gillon - President
Raanan Gillon is a hybrid of retired GP and philosopher. He is Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics at Imperial College London, where he still does some teaching, mainly tutoring on the medical school's medical ethics and law course and also on the Imperial College one week intensive course in medical ethics, aimed primarily at practising doctors, which he has directed since he started it in 1983. He is past chairman and now president of the Institute of Medical Ethics and a member of the British Medical Association's Medical Ethics Committee and also of its International Committee. He was editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics for 20 years and a part-time NHS general practitioner for 28 years. He has published extensively on medical ethics and his elderly book 'Philosophical Medical Ethics' is in its 13th print, with a second edition in 'very prolonged gestation'. He was senior editor of and contributor to a massive and prize winning multi-author textbook, Principles of Health Care Ethics. In 1999 he was co-recipient with Alastair Campbell (the medical ethicist, not the political aide) of the American Hastings Center Beecher award for contributions to ethics and the life sciences. He is an enthusiastic proponent of 'the four principles approach' both for medical ethics and for ethics in general.
Phil Greenwood - Chief Executive
Professor Roger Higgs - Honorary Vice-President
Roger Higgs has worked for over 30 years in south London as general practitioner and academic. He founded a single-handed practice that went on to be a major multidisciplinary group, and started the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at Kings College School of Medicine (now Kings College). Awarded MBE as service developer and educator, he has published in these areas as well as medicine and bioethics. His particular interests in the latter are case analysis, truth telling and narrative approaches, and books include In That Case with Alastair Campbell and the New Dictionary of Medical Ethics with Kenneth Boyd and Anthony Pinching. He also contributed to the writing of an early medical 'soap'.
Dr Carwyn Hooper - General Secretary
Dr Carwyn Rhys Hooper is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law at St George's, University of London (SGUL). He is also the academic lead for medical ethics and law at SGUL. He has studied medicine, philosophy and medical education. He also has a PhD in Law. He has research interests in global health ethics, public health ethics and the use of novel e-Learning tools in the teaching and assessment of medical ethics. He is a member of St George's NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Ethics Committee. In addition to being the Secretary of the IME, he is also the Chair of the IME Research Committee and a member of the IME Education Committee.
Prof Richard Huxtable
Richard Huxtable (LLB (Hons), MA, PhD) is Reader in Medical Ethics & Law and Deputy Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. Qualified in law and socio-legal studies, his research primarily concerns end-of-life decision-making and surgical ethics, and he has published widely in medical, legal and bioethical journals, as well as engaging with the international media. Richard is the author of Euthanasia, Ethics and the Law: From Conflict to Compromise (2007, Routledge), Law, Ethics and Compromise at the Limits of Life: To Treat or Not to Treat? (2012, Routledge), and All That Matters: Euthanasia (2013, Hodder). He is also co-author, with Dickenson and Parker, of The Cambridge Medical Ethics Workbook (2010, Cambridge University Press). He is an experienced teacher of undergraduate and postgraduate students of medicine, law and health care ethics, his teaching having been commended by Universities UK and the General Medical Council. A long-standing participant in clinical ethics support, Richard is a Trustee of the UK Clinical Ethics Network, Vice-Chair (Education) of Bristol's Clinical Ethics Advisory Group and a Trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care, for whom he also chairs the Ethics Forum.
View Richard's full profile - on the University of Bristol website
Dr Carolyn Johnston - Education Project Manager
Carolyn is Adviser in Medical Ethics and Law at the School of Medical Education, King's College London and Senior Lecturer at Kingston University. She leads ethics and law teaching across the undergraduate curriculum and teaches ethics and law modules on the Palliative Care MSc and Advanced Paediatrics MSc. Carolyn has a particular in interest in clinical ethics support; she is Vice Chair of the Clinical Ethics Advisory Group at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and a member of two other clinical ethics committees and she has established the Student Clinical Ethics Committee at King's. Carolyn's research interests include advance decision-making and patient narrative. The second edition of the textbook she co-authored with Penny Bradbury, 100 Cases in Clinical Ethics and Law (CRC Press, 2016) has been Highly Commended in the Basis of Medicine category in the BMA Book Awards 2016.
Dr Richard Knox
Richard Knox is an academic general practitioner, who has worked in the NHS for 15 years and in undergraduate medical education for ten years. His clinical work is in an inner city practice in Leicester. He is a clinical associate professor in primary care education at the University of Nottingham School of Medicine. He is deputy director of the Primary Care Education Unit (PCEU), having joint oversight of all undergraduate primary care education delivered by the School.
Richard is academic lead for professionalism and ethics for the undergraduate programme in Nottingham, and chairs the School's Professionalism and Academic Competency Panel.
Dr Wing May Kong MA, PhD, FRCP - Chair
Wing May Kong is a consultant physician in endocrinology and diabetes at Central Middlesex Hospital, London and the Vertical Theme Head for Ethics, Professionalism, Leadership and Management in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. In 2002, following a PhD in neurobiology, she completed the MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King’s College London. In 2006 Wing May Kong took over responsibility for the undergraduate curriculum in Medical Ethics and Law at Imperial College. In this role she has developed a vertical learning program that focuses on the integration of ethics and law learning in the early undergraduate years into everyday clinical practice. She is also actively involved in the clinical training of both undergraduates and trainee doctors. Between 2000-September 2011 she was on the editorial board of the Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin, a monthly journal which reviews the evidence base for medical and surgical interventions in the UK. As a consultant endocrinologist, she has a special interest in the diabetic foot.
Professor Margaret Lloyd - Honorary Vice-President & Chair of Grants & Bursaries
Margaret Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Primary Care and Medical Education at University College London. She qualified at St Mary’s and then had a varied career as a Lecturer in Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College, occupational physician at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh and then academic general practice. She has a particular interest in medical ethics and law having obtained an MA at Kings College London and LLM at Cardiff University. At UCL she led the development of the Professional Development Spine of the undergraduate medical curriculum before retiring in 2006. She continues to teach at UCL and to work as a general practitioner in north London.
Dr Laura Machin - Trustee
Dr Laura Machin is social science trained, and has always been interested in medical ethics. In 2008, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Leeds on the Social and Ethical Context of Embryo Donation, funded by a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics grant. Laura went on to act as a research fellow at the University of York on the ESRC funded project exploring the Political and Moral Economy of Cord Blood Banking, and the NIHR funded project on the Implications for the NHS of Inward and Outward Medical Tourism. A particular highlight for Laura was being invited to speak on the matter of cord clamping and cord blood banking at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
In May 2011, Laura took up a Lectureship in Medical Ethics at Lancaster Medical School. She has plans to establish a Social Seminar Programme on Medical Ethics involving colleagues at the local Hospitals and the University, as well as a setting up a Debating Society for students from across the University. She is the School's representative on the Faculty Research Ethics Committee.
Laura currently offers modules on the social and ethical aspects of the donation of body parts, blood and tissues, as well as assisted conception. Since coming to Lancaster, she has become the Co-Convenor for the British Sociological Association Human Reproduction Study Group, and has been awarded funding from the National Gamete Donation Trust to carry out research examining egg and sperm donor satisfaction. Laura wishes to expand her research and teaching interests to incorporate the social and ethical issues involved in transplantation.
Laura has a growing publication record in predominately medical practitioner journals, with articles on how the needs of IVF patients and embryo donors are perceived by those working within clinics, and how the roles of those working within assisted conception clinics or maternity units have responded to the introduction of embryo donation or cord blood banking respectively.
Dr David Molyneux - Trustee
Dr David Molyneux is a part time General Practitioner who works in East Lancashire and lives in North Yorkshire. He is involved in GP education throughout the north of England, and runs medical ethics courses for GPs and GP registrars. He is a clinical skills (CSA) examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners. He is a Medical Ethics tutor and a Personal tutor at the University of Leeds.
Emma Nottingham is a doctoral researcher and tutor at Southampton Law School and will be undertaking a position as a lecturer in law at the University of Winchester from September 2015. Emma joined the Institute of Medical Ethics Research Committee last year and has enjoyed contributing ideas and working with other members of the medical ethics community. Emma's research interests include healthcare law, medical law and ethics, bioethics, children's rights, sexual and reproductive health and family law. In 2014, Emma convened the Postgraduate Bioethics Conference and has since helped to establish a Postgraduate Bioethics Committee.
Emma edits the blog Paediatric Bioethics www.paediatricbioethics.wordpress.com. Follow Emma on twitter @EmmaCNottingham @paediatricbiomma
Dr Graeme Peters
Dr Graeme Peters (MB ChB Bristol 1977, MRCP 1981, MRCGP and DRCOG 1988 , MA Med Ethics & Law 2005) is an Associate Fellow and Lecturer in Medical Ethics at Exeter University Medical School. He has worked in a variety of hospital settings in the UK, West Indies and New Zealand. From 1988 until his retirement in 2013 he worked in General Practice with community hospital work in general medicine and endoscopy. He has a particular interest in DNR decision making.
Professor Julian Savulescu - Editor in Chief, Journal of Medical Ethics
Professor Julian Savulescu holds the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He holds degrees in medicine, neuroscience and bioethics. He is the Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics within the Faculty of Philosophy. He is Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, which is one of three strategic centres in biomedical ethics in the UK funded by the Wellcome Trust, and was recently awarded their flagship Senior Investigator Awards. He is also Director of the Institute for Science and Ethics within the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, and of The Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease.
The Very Revd Edward Shotter - Honorary Vice-President
Dean Emeritus of Rochester and Amulree Fellow of the Institute of Medical Ethics, Ted Shotter was Director of Studies, London Medical Group, 1963-1989; founder of the Journal of Medical Ethics, 1975; Director (and founder), Institute of Medical Ethics, 1974-1989; Dean of Rochester, 1989-2003; Chairman, University of Greenwich Research Ethics Committee, 1995-2003; FRSM 1976. He was made Hon FRCP in 2007.
Dr Anne-Marie Slowther - Trustee
Anne is Reader in Clinical Ethics at Warwick Medical School and a clinical ethicist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. At Warwick she leads the Values, Law and Ethics theme in the MBChB curriculum. Her research interests include evaluation of clinical ethics services, ethical decision making in acute and emergency care, and consent to research in vulnerable populations. She is one of a handful of clinical ethicist working in UK NHS hospitals. Anne qualified from Manchester University and completed a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law at King's College London and a DPhil in Medical Ethics at the University of Oxford. She is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the UK Clinical Ethics Network. Her clinical background is in General Practice.
Dr Anna Smajdor
Anna is Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oslo. Her interest in medical ethics stems from her first degree in Philosophy – at The University of Edinburgh and she followed this up with an MSc in Medical Ethics at Imperial College, London. Her PhD, also undertaken at Imperial College, London, was an analysis of the ethical, legal and regulatory challenges raised by the development of artificial gametes. Anna’s research interests incorporate a range of bioethical themes. She has worked extensively on the ethics of new reproductive technologies, and has published widely on medical and research ethics. She is the author (with Ruth Deech) of ‘From IVF to Immortality: Controversy in the era of reproductive technology’ – published by OUP. She is also interested in questions concerning the relationship between nature and morality, especially in the context of medicine, scientific research and innovation.
Professor Gordon M Stirrat - Honorary Vice President
Gordon Stirrat is currently Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and, until 2014, Research Fellow in Ethics in Medicine in the University of Bristol. He was Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the University of Bristol (1982-2000); Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (1991-1993); and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (1993-1997). During this time he was instrumental in the establishment of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine in the University of Bristol. He served on the General Medical Council (1990-93) and was chairman of the Ethics Committees of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2001-2004) and of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (2007-2010). From 2008 to 2011 he spearheaded the IME’s Education Project that resulted in, among other things, the production of the Core Content of Learning for Medical Ethics and Law for UK Medical Schools.
Julie Stone - Trustee
Julie Stone is an independent consultant in healthcare ethics and law.
She is a Member of the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Services Committee, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Panel and the British Psychological Society Ethics Committee. Julie is also the Quality Assurance Inspection Lay Chair for the General Dental Council, and Member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Mental Health Strategy.
A lawyer by background, Julie was formerly Deputy Director of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, where she helped develop post-Shipman regulatory reforms. She has written and advised extensively on all aspects of healthcare regulation. Her main research areas are ethics, law and regulation of integrative medicine, and books in this area include Stone, J and Matthews J. (1996) Complementary Medicine and the Law (Oxford University Press) and Stone J. (2002) An Ethical Framework for Complementary and Alternative Therapists (Routledge).
Georgia Testa - Chair of The Education Committee
Revd Bryan Vernon - Treasurer
Ordained as an Anglican priest, I am the "Product champion" for Ethics Teaching and Learning in Newcastle MBBS: since 1991 I have pioneered seminar-based ethics teaching throughout the course in an accessible form as part of the integrated curriculum. I organise a six week fourth year option in Medical Law. I am also Ethics module leader in the world’s first online MSc in Oncology and Palliative Care.
I am an honorary University and Hospital Chaplain and Honorary Treasurer of the Institute of Medical Ethics. I am a member of the Newcastle Hospitals Clinical Ethics Committee. My major interest is to engage students with attractive and stimulating medical ethics and law teaching and to build a network of medical ethics and law teachers with enthusiasm for their subject who are committed to sharing good practice.
Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt - Trustee
I am a chartered psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. I completed my postdoctoral research (funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign) with the Primary Care Sciences Research Centre at Keele University.
I have worked in Medical Education since 2002 and at Sheffield Medical School since 2005. I am currently joint lead for the faculty Postgraduate Research Training in Ethics and Integrity and I am a faculty Learning and Teaching Officer for Quality. I am curriculum lead for the Professionalism and Patient Safety theme for the Sheffield MBChB programme; Ethics and Law is a part of the Professionalism and Patient Safety theme. I developed a new programme in Medical Ethics and Law for the Sheffield MBChB programme which was rolled out in 2009/2010. My research interests are technology enhanced learning, application of ethics, developing ethics and safety education, and improving student learning.