Loretta M. Kopelman, Ph.D.


Loretta M. Kopelman, Ph.D. was founding president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, President of the Society for Health and Human Values, a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Research with Children and the winner of the 2007 William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence from The American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a fellow of the Hastings center and Faculty Affiliate at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Currently she is Professor of the Practice of Family Medicine at Georgetown University where she teaches in the medical school. She is also Professor Emerita at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where she founded and chaired its Department of Bioethics and International Studies for over twenty-five years. She twice was a member of the American Philosophical Association, Committee on Philosophy and Medicine and serves or served on many editorial boards including: The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Developing World Bioethics, and Philosophy, Encyclopedia of Bioethics editions 2 and 3, and Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. She has published widely, including topics in bioethics, philosophy and medicine, medical ethics, research policy, the rights research subjects, especially children, the rights of retarded individuals, philosophy and medicine, the fair allocation of health care resources, and especially on children’s rights and welfare. She is a member of the advisory board of the Pediatric Ethics Subcommittee of the FDA. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester.