This symposium builds on the recent release of LGBT Bioethics: Visibility, Disparities, and Dialogue, a groundbreaking special report, co-edited by Tia Powell and Mary Beth Foglia and published as a supplement to the September-October 2014 Hastings Center Report, a leading bioethics journal.
Robert Espinoza is the Vice President of Policy at PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute), the nation’s leading authority on the direct-care workforce.Through policy advocacy, research, analysis and innovations at the state and national level, PHI's policy program strengthens the direct-care workforce and prepares our nation to care for a growing population of elders and people with disabilities.
Prior to PHI, Robert served as the Senior Director for Public Policy and Communications at SAGE, the country's premiere organization working to improve the lives of LGBT older people, where he established and steered SAGE's national advocacy program, achieving historic wins and numerous distinctions. His awards include two GLAAD distinctions for excellence in marketing and five awards from the International Academy for the Visual Arts..
Robert has been a national policy expert, communications strategist and writer for more than 15 years, which includes leadership positions at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, SEIU and the Gill Foundation. He is a frequent commentator for The Huffington Post and currently serves on advisory boards for StoryCorps; the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and Aging Today, the national newspaper for the American Society on Aging.
He has also authored numerous seminal policy and research reports throughout his career -- and his writing has appeared in Tikkun Magazine, Generations, NextAvenue.com, New American Media and Public Policy & Aging Report, among others.
Robert received his master's degree in public policy, with honors, from New York University, and his bachelor's degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Jamie Lindemann Nelson
Professor Nelson works primarily in bioethics, but is interested in a number of areas — particularly moral theory (concentrating currently on the surprising results that occur when moral psychology meets the fiction of Jane Austen) and the more speculative reaches of the philosophy of language. She attempts to bring to bioethical questions resources from areas of philosophy that the current discussion tends to overlook. This has been rewarding in thinking through questions in reproductive ethics, pondering the just allocation of medical resources, and considering moral issues involved in caring for demented people. She is also interested in philosophical issues that arise from thinking about intimate relationships — particularly families and family-like contexts.
Dr. Powell is Director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and of the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program. She is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Division of Bioethics, and Clinical Psychiatry. She has bioethics expertise in public policy, dementia, consultation, end of life care, decision-making capacity, bioethics education and the ethics of public health disasters. She served four years as Executive Director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, which functions as New York State’s bioethics commission. She co-chaired a New York State 2007 workgroup that devised ethical and clinical guidance for allocating ventilators in an influenza pandemic. She worked with the Institute of Medicine on 5 separate projects related to public health disasters, including as co-chair of the IOM report on antibiotics for anthrax attack. Dr. Powell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College. At Yale Medical School she earned the Parker Prize, Yale’s highest award for a graduating medical student. She completed her internship, psychiatric residency and Consultation-Liaison fellowship at Columbia. She is a board certified psychiatrist and Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association.
Ramanathan (Ram) Raju, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal healthcare system in the nation. Dr. Raju was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in January 2014 to lead the 37,000 employees of this $6.7 billion corporation, which includes 11 acute care hospitals, five nursing homes, six large diagnostic and treatment centers, more than 70 community-based health centers, a large home care agency, and one of the New York area's largest providers of government-sponsored health insurance, MetroPlus Health Plan, the plan of choice for nearly half a million New Yorkers. Last year, HHC facilities served 1.4 million New Yorkers -- including more than 475,000 uninsured.
Prior to accepting the role of President and CEO at HHC, Dr. Raju was the Chief Executive Officer for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) in Chicago, Illinois, and the third largest public health system in the country. During his tenure there, Dr. Raju turned the financial status of the system around, improving the cash flow by over 100 million dollars. His proposed healthcare delivery model fetched the much coveted 1115 Waiver to the Social Security Act, enabling the creation of CountyCare, an Illinois Medicaid program to provide coverage for low-income adults in Cook County, and leading to health coverage for more than 82,000 Cook County residents. Dr. Raju began his medical career at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn and went on to serve as the COO and Medical Director at HHC's Coney Island Hospital. In 2006, he became the HHC Chief Medical Officer, Corporate Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Dr. Raju attended Madras Medical College to earn his medical diploma and his Master of Surgery degree. He underwent further training in England and was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Dr. Raju is also a physician executive, having obtained an MBA from the University of Tennessee and CPE from the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Raju is the recipient of numerous national recognitions. In 2013, he was named Business Leader of Color by Chicago United. Modern Healthcare Magazine named him one of the top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare two times in a row, and one of the 50 most influential Physician Executives in Healthcare in 2013. Also in 2013, Becker's Hospital Review designated him as one of 20 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Follow on Twitter.
Andrew Solomon's most recent book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won the 2001 National Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; it has received 14 additional national awards and is published in 24 languages. Mr. Solomon is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College, and has lectured on depression around the world. He is a contributing editor at Travel and Leisure, and writes for The New York Times and The New Yorker, among others. He is currently working on a book entitled, Far from the Tree: A Legacy of Love, in which he studies family dynamics and extraordinary children; he is also working on a PhD at Cambridge University. He serves on numerous philanthropic boards in the fields of mental health, the arts, and gay rights, and is a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University and the New York Institute for the Humanities.
Mildred Z. Solomon
Mildred Solomon is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hastings Center. In addition, she is Clinical Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the school’s Fellowship in Medical Ethics, a program aimed at building the bioethics capacity of Harvard-affiliated hospitals. In addition to Fellows from the United States, her program has trained bioethicists from Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, and Iceland.