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Ludmerer, DuBois named Hastings Center Fellows

Honor given to those whose work has informed understanding of ethical issues in health

January 20, 2021


James M. DuBois, PhD, DSc, the Steven J. Bander Professor of Medical Ethics and Professionalism, and Kenneth M. Ludmerer, MD, the Mabel Dorn Reeder Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, have been named Hastings Center Fellows. The Hastings Center addresses social and ethical issues in health care, science and technology.


Hastings Center Fellows are individuals whose work has informed scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, science and technology. Their distinguishing feature is uncommon insight and impact in areas of critical concern to the center, including how best to understand and manage the inevitable values questions, moral uncertainties, and societal effects that arise as a consequence of advances in the life sciences; and the need to improve health and health care for people of all ages.

Ludmerer — an internist, a medical educator and a historian of medicine — is a professor of medicine and of history. He is best known for his work in medical education and health-care policy and is the author of several books.

DuBois is director of the Bioethics Research Center, and a professor of psychology & brain sciences. He has received more than $12 million in grant funding and is principal investigator of numerous ongoing research projects, including studies on ethical concerns raised by ApoL1 genetic testing of kidney donors with recent African ancestry and evidence-based informed consent practices in clinical trials involving people with dementia.

For more information about the recipients and the honor, see here.