Amy W. Forbes is a historian specializing in medical history, cultural history and the history of the French-speaking world. She earned her PhD in History at Rutgers University, after receiving her MA in History and MEd in Social Science Education from the University of Georgia, and BA in History from Louisiana State University. Her professional work has focused on how people find means to communicate despite various obstacles, and how rhetorical strategies relate to political, social, and cultural factors. These issues unfolded in New Orleans medical history, the topic of her current research, in fascinating ways.
Dr. Forbes brings to the Center expertise in public history and qualitative research methods. Her current research focuses on African-American patient care at the Mississippi State Tuberculosis Sanatorium, and a book on medicine in New Orleans from the colonial period to the early 20th century. As associate professor of History at Millsaps College, Dr. Forbes teaches courses in medical history that emphasize politics and culture. She has been recognized with the Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher Award and Millsaps' Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Elizabeth Hensley received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Her professional experience has been diverse, practicing clinically in private practice, working in the public health care system and serving as the medical director of a large private health insurance company. Working in the areas of disease management, case management and medical policy stimulated her interest in the multifaceted dimensions of the bioethical issues faced today.
Dr. Hensley is also interested in spirituality as it informs professionalism and clinical decision-making. She has served as a Fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in bioethics from Trinity University.
Along with Dr. Sam Hensley, she teaches and directs an elective course for senior medical students in Intensive Bioethics.
Jonathan F. Will is an assistant professor of law and is the director of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at Mississippi College School of Law. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he jointly received his law degree focusing in health law and a master's degree in bioethics. He studied English, psychology and religious studies as an undergraduate at Canisius College, graduating summa cum laude.
He was a practicing attorney in Pittsburgh, PA, prior to joining the faculty of MC Law, where he teaches courses in Health Care Law and Bioethics. Jonathan's scholarship, published in both legal and medical journals, focuses on the intersection of law, ethics and medical humanities. His current projects deal with the roles that religion and moral theory play in shaping individual medical decisions and overall policy, particularly with respect to decisions concerning the beginning and end of life.
Peyton McElroy has her PhD in philosophy from Stanford University. Her areas of interest are at the intersection of ethics, aesthetics, moral psychology and bioethics. She is currently writing on the concept of narrative well-being and, in particular, narrative transformation - when bad past events change the role they play in our life stories.
Peyton taught at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and is now an affiliated scholar at Millsaps College. She has a master's in philosophy of religion from Yale Divinity School and a bachelor of arts from Yale University.
Before turning to philosophy, Peyton was a theater director, directing plays (in Boston and New York City) such as David Henry Whang's The Sound of a Voice and Caryl Churchill's Top Girls.
Dr. Samuel Hensley is the director of gastrointestinal pathology for GI Associates and a neuropathology consultant for Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. He received his MD from West Virginia University and completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Wilford Hall in San Antonio and a fellowship in neuropathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.
In 2000, Dr. Hensley received his master's degree in bioethics from Trinity University. He has served as a fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago and on the Health and Human Services Committee in Washington that advises the president and Congress on issues surrounding organ transplantation and procurement (ACOT).
Dr. Hensley's ethical interests are in the areas of genetic technology and the philosophical interface of science and religion. Along with Dr. Elizabeth Hensley, he teaches and directs an elective course for senior medical students in Intensive Bioethics.
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