ALBANY, N.Y., March 21, 2005 —Glenn McGee, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading authorities on bioethics, has been named the John A. Balint Endowed Chair of Medical Ethics at the Albany Medical College and director of the Center for Bioethics at Albany Medical Center. In addition, he has been named chief of the Office of Bioethics for the New York State Department of Health. Dr. McGee comes to Albany Med from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. McGee is the editor-in-chief The American Journal of Bioethics, the most widely read journal in the field, which will now be based at Albany Med. The Journal frequently spawns public discussion of ethical issues. In 2004, for example, an article in the Journal in which a team of surgeons proposed face transplantation made headlines nationwide. The Journal also hosts a widely known website: www.bioethics.net.
Dr. McGee’s commentary on ethical issues such as stem cell research, cloning, cosmetic surgery, and new reproductive technologies is in constant demand by the media and other universities and medical schools. Dr. McGee has been a regular guest on national news programs such as 60 Minutes, World News Tonight, Fresh Air, The Today Show, All Things Considered, PBS News Hour, and Oprah for more than a decade. He has been quoted in virtually every American newspaper, and was a syndicated columnist for MSNBC from 1998-2004. He himself has been the subject of a number of profiles and essays in New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Washington Post. Shortly before coming to Albany, Dr. McGee was named one of the 40 most powerful Philadelphians under 40.
“We are delighted to welcome Glenn, as he will bring much deserved attention to our bioethics program, which is one of the largest bioethics teaching programs in the country,” said Vincent Verdile, M.D., dean of Albany Medical College. “That he chose to continue his career here speaks to the strength of our efforts.”
Dr. McGee is the author of several books including The Perfect Baby: Parenthood in the New World of Cloning and Genetics, The Human Cloning Debate, Pragmatic Bioethics, Beyond Genetics: Putting the Power of DNA to Work in Your Life, and Who Owns Life? He has authored more than 100 articles in medical, scientific and law journals, and has given hundreds of lectures worldwide.
Dr. McGee has served as an ethical advisor in several states, on federal task forces, and as an advisor to several national governments. In the 1990s, he teamed with Ian Wilmut, the man who cloned “Dolly” the sheep, to pen a proposal for regulating human cloning. Dr. McGee then authored cloning legislation in three states and recently joined the F.D.A. gene therapy regulatory panel.
The Center For Medical Ethics, Education and Research at Albany Medical College was founded in 1993 by John Balint, M.D., with a charge to promote medical ethics education, develop an ethics consultation service and to produce high quality, useful research on prominent ethical issues. The Center’s programs include required coursework in medical ethics for medical students, a joint Master’s program in bioethics with the Graduate College of Union University (GCUU), and a Scholar’s Program in Bioethics for medical students. The Ethics Center operates a full-time ethics consultation service for physicians, nurses and patient caregivers, patients and their families. It is one of only three institutions in the nation to offer the distance-learning master’s in bioethics program, which is run in conjunction with GCUU.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, consists of Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital, and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc.