John D. Arras, Ph.D.

John D. Arras, Ph.D.

 

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John D. Arras, Ph.D., Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics and
Professor of Philosophy and Public Health Sciences

Email:
jda3a@virginia.edu

John D. Arras is the Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Philosophy and Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Undergraduate Program in Bioethics.  His most recent research interests include:  assisted suicide, public health ethics, research on human subjects (including international research ethics), theories of global justice and the social determinants of health, and methods of practical ethics. He is currently completing a long-gestating book (tentative title: "The Ways We Reason Now: Skeptical Reflections on Method in Bioethics".  See various papers at: http://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/jda3a/publications/).

The author of scores of articles in bioethics, Arras is also co-editor of Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Human Subjects Research (Hopkins, 2003); Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, 8th th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2012); and Bringing the Hospital Home (Hopkins, 1995). Professor Arras is a longtime Fellow and former Board member of the Hastings Center, the nation's preeminent research institute in bioethics. He also consults regularly at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, and served as a founding member of the ethics advisory board of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.  Currently he serves on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, which has focused so far on synthetic biology, research ethics, and whole genome sequencing.

In 2005 Professor Arras was honored with the UVA Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award for teaching, research, and contributions to student life; and in 2006 he received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council of Higher Education.