Faculty and Academic Staff

Alyssa Burgart, MD, MA is a pediatric anesthesiologist and bioethicist. She earned her bachelors degree in Bioethics from the University of Judaism and her Masters in Bioethics and Health Policy from Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago. She co-chairs the Ethics Committee at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Her areas of interest include pediatric bioethics, research on the practice of medicine, end-of-life conversations, and ethics in organ transplantation.

Danton Char, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on ethical issues arising in the care of critically ill neonates, infants and children, particularly children with congenital cardiac disease.

Steven Goodman, MD, MHS, PhD, is Associate Dean of Clinical and Translational Research and Professor of Medicine and of Health Research & Policy, directing Stanford's CTSA/Spectrum training programs in medical research methods and serving as chief of the Division of Epidemiology in HRP. He is co-founder and co-director of the Meta-research innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), a group dedicated to examining and improving the reproducibility and efficiency of biomedical research. 

Henry Greely, JD, Chair of SCBE's Steering Committee, is Professor of Law and Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics at Stanford University. Specializing in health law and policy, Greely has written on cloning, the implications of genetics for the health care system, health care insurance and financing and the stem cell debate.

Stephanie M. Harman, MD, FACP graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford and a Palliative Care fellowship at the Palo Alto VA/Stanford program before joining the faculty at Stanford. She is the founding medical director of Palliative Care Services for Stanford Health Care and Associate Program Director for Stanford's Internal Medicine Residency Program. Her research and educational interests include communication training in healthcare and bioethics in end-of-life care.

Alvan Ikoku, MD, PhD, is assistant professor in the departments of comparative literature and medicine. He received his MD from Harvard and PhD in comparative literature from Columbia. Prior to joining the faculty in 2014, he was an Andrew W Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at the humanities center. He is currently affiliated with the centers for african studies and comparative studies in race and ethnicity, as well as the center for global health


Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD, is a Senior Research Scholar and medical anthropologist who focuses on the social and ethical dimensions of emerging technologies and their integration into clinical practice.  Dr. Lee leads studies of public understandings of research using clinical data and samples, concepts of race, culture and human genetic variation, and citizen science,  commercialization of biotechnology and entrepreneurship. She is co-editor of Revising Race in a Genomic Age and is faculty in the Stanford Program in Science, Technology and Society

Kate Luenprakansit, MD is a Surgical Co-Management Hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Clinical Ethics consultant. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles in Molecular, Cell, Developmental Biology with a minor in Public Policy and received her medical degree from Oregon Health and Science University. She was also a MacLean Clinical Medical Ethics Fellow at the University of Chicago. She is currently a member of Stanford's Ethics Committee and serves as an ethics consultant.

José MaldonadoMD, FAPM, joined the Stanford faculty in 1993 and became Medical Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Service in 1995. He received his medical degree at Ponce School of Medicine and his psychiatric training at Temple University, in Philadelphia. He completed additional training in Forensic Psychiatry at Temple University, and a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison/Neuropsychiatry at New England Medical Center/Tufts University, in Boston. Dr. Maldonado is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine; with courtesy appointments in the Departments of Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, the Center of Biomedical Ethics and the Stanford School of Law. He serves as Chief of the Medical and Forensic Psychiatry Section, Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Clinic, and Medical Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Consult Service. Dr. Maldonado serves as psychiatric consultant to all solid organ transplant teams (i.e., heart, lung, liver, kidney, and small bowel); including our new program in Composite Tissue Allotransplantation. He has special expertise in the areas of psychosomatic medicine and somatoform disorders, neuropsychiatry, dissociation, medical hypnosis, and organ transplantation.

Michelle Mello, JD, PhD, is a leading empirical health law scholar whose research is focused on understanding the effects of law and regulation on health care delivery and population health outcomes. She is the author of more than 130 articles and book chapters on the medical malpractice system, medical errors and patient safety, research ethics, regulation of pharmaceuticals, legal interventions to combat obesity and noncommunicable disease, and other topics.  Her investigations into the dynamics of medical malpractice litigation, the effects of medical liability reforms, the ability of hospitals to shift costs of medical errors to others, and allocating responsibility for medical errors between hospital systems and individual physicians have been particularly important and impactful.  

Maren Monsen, MD, is physician, filmmaker and clinical ethicist. Her medical work includes her role as Clinical Ethics Consultant at Stanford University Hospital and Co-Director of the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration Program in the Medical School.

She 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 do her residency training in Emergency Medicine and a fellowship in Palliative Care. 

She directs the Program in Bioethics and Film at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics in the medical school where she has produced multiple nationally and internationally broadcast documentary films. She Co-Directed Emmy-nominated The Revolutionary Optimists, about kids in Kolkata India making grassroots change to improve global health in the slums and brickfields where they live.Monsen’s previous films include Rare, the story of one extraordinary mother's race against time to find a cure for her daughter's rare genetic disease. Rare won best feature documentary at the Brooklyn Girls Film festival, screened at the Cannes Film Festival Market and was selected to screen at Science Festivals around the US as well as broadcasting on national public television.


Kelly E. Ormond, MS, CGC, received her MS in genetic counseling from Northwestern University in 1994 and a post-doctoral certificate in Medical Ethics from the University of Chicago in 2001. She serves as the Director of the MS in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling (GC) program at Stanford. Several of the classes she teaches are open to students outside of the GC program and may be of interest to students who are pre-med or are interested in careers in genetics or ethics in the future. 

Laura Roberts, MD, MA, began her tenure as chair of Stanford's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 2010. Best known for her work on ethical issues and public policy in the field of psychiatry, she is also recognized for her success as a mentor and teacher.

Mary Rorty is Clinical Associate Professor at the Stanford University Medical Center and a Fellow of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Before coming to Stanford, she was Director of Advanced Studies at the University of Virginia's Center for Biomedical Ethics for five years. She previously served at the University of Virginia in various capacities in the Philosophy Department, Women's Studies Program, and School of Nursing. She has held teaching appointments at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Ryder College, Douglass College, San Francisco State University, and UC Santa Cruz.

Audrey Shafer, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Staff Anesthesiologist at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Her interests include writing, poetry, medical humanities, the language of medicine, communication in the peri- and intraoperative periods, and ethics in the operating room.

Holly Tabor, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and the Associate Director for Clinical Ethics and Education. She is returning to SCBE after eight years at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and at the University of Washington. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from Stanford in 2002, and then was a Senior Scientist at the Stanford Human Genome Center. From 2005-2008 she was one of the first postdoctoral fellows at CIRGE/SCBE. Her research focuses on ethical issues in genetics and genomics, specifically return of results and translation for exome and whole genome sequencing.

Abraham C VergheseMD, MACP, is Professor and Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the School of Medicine at Stanford University. He is also a critically acclaimed, best-selling author and a physician with an international reputation for his focus on healing in an era where technology often overwhelms the human side of medicine. In February 2014, he received a Heinz Award from Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation. The awards given annually in the areas of Arts and Humanities; Environment; Human Condition; Public Policy; and Technology, the Economy and Employment, celebrate the enduring spirit of hope and the power of innovation.