Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.
Wolpe came to Emory from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was on the faculty for over 20 years in the Departments of Psychiatry, Sociology, and Medical Ethics. He was a Senior Fellow of Penn’s Center for Bioethics, and directed the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health and the Program in Psychiatry and Ethics at the School of Medicine.
He is the author of over 100 articles, editorials, and book chapters in sociology, medicine, and bioethics, and has contributed to a variety of encyclopedias on bioethical issues. His work focuses on the social, religious, and ideological impact of technology on the human condition. Considered one of the founders of the field of neuroethics, which examines the ethical implications of neuroscience, he also writes about other emerging technologies, such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and prosthetics. His teaching and publications range across multiple fields of bioethics and sociology, including death and dying, genetics and eugenics, sexuality and gender, mental health and illness, alternative medicine, and bioethics in extreme environments such as space. He is the author of the textbook Sexuality and Gender in Society, is editor and a key author of the end-of-life guide Behoref Hayamim: In the Winter of Life.
A dynamic and popular speaker internationally, Dr. Wolpe has been chosen by The Teaching Company as a "Superstar Teacher of America" and his courses are distributed internationally on audio and videotape. He is also frequent contributor and commentator in both the broadcast and print media, most recently being featured on 60 Minutes.
Wolpe sits on a number of national and international non-profit organizational boards and working groups, and is a consultant to academic institutions and the biomedical industry. Heis Co-Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics, the premier scholarly journal in bioethics, and sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals in medicine and ethics. Dr Wolpe is a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society, and is the first National Bioethics Advisor to Planned Parenthood Association of America.
Additionally, he serves as the first Chief of Bioethics for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he is responsible for formulating policy on bioethical issues and safeguarding research subjects.
Some of the bio-ethics topics he can cover include ethical leadership in healthcare, designer healthcare, neurosciences and privacy, stem cells, cloning, human medical research, reproductive eugenics, assisted suicide, bioethics in space, complementary and alternative medicine, placebo effect, pharmacogenomics, managed care and health reform, religious perspectives on biotechnology and ethics, the media, and resistance to biotechnology.