Emeritus Faculty and Staff

Judy Illes, PhD, is Emeritus Director of the Program in Neuroethics at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Illes' research program at SCBE was devoted to biomedical ethics in the neurosciences and medical imaging, and to charting the new field of "neuroethics."

Barbara Koenig, PhD, was an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University before moving to the Mayo Clinic in 2005. She served as Executive Director of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics for a decade.

Maren Monsen, Founding Director of the Program in Bioethics and Film at Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics and Filmmaker in Residence Emerita, is a physician and clinical ethicist who uses film to share patient stories and shine light on challenging issues in public health and medicine. Her films have been released theatrically and broadcast nationally and internationally, screened at Sundance, Cannes, the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, and several TEDx events run by Melinda Gates.

She co-directed the Emmy-nominated The Revolutionary Optimists, following kids in Kolkata India making grassroots change for global health. The film was translated into 6 languages, broadcast on PBS as part of the Independent Lens series, won the Hilton Sustainability award at Sundance, and went on to a theatrical release with policy screenings at UNICEF and USAID. The Revolutionary Optimists, inspired the development of Map Your World, a mobile-to-online data and storytelling platform to enable youth to make change in the public health of their communities. Previous films include RareWorlds ApartHold Your Breaththe Vanishing Line and Where the Highway Ends.

Dr. Monsen received her Bachelors in Art History at Stanford University, studied film at the London International Film School, received her Medical Doctorate from the University of Washington, and returned to Stanford to complete her residency in Emergency Medicine and a fellowship in Palliative Care. 

She has worked clinically seeing patients as an emergency physician, palliative care physician and clinical ethicist, and taught clinical and research ethics.  She founded and directed the Program in Bioethics and Film at the Stanford University School of Medicine for 21 years and was the co-director of the Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration.

Dr. Monsen lives in a floating home in Seattle with her husband, son, and 110 pound Labrador. She is currently working on a film on Elizabeth Kubler Ross.

Christopher Thomas Scott, MLA, PhD, is a research staff emeritus at Stanford University and former Director of the Stanford University Program on Stem Cells in Society, faculty and senior research scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, and member of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. He is currently a senior faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine and associate director of Health Policy at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

Ernlé W.D. Young, PhD, is Emeritus Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Center, and Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Ethics). He has been a force in biomedical ethics, chairing the ethics committee at Stanford University Hospital and serving many patients and families confronting moral quandaries.