Douglas White Elected a Hasting Center Fellow

Professor Douglas White, MD, MAS, has been elected a Hastings Center fellow in the class of 2021. The 24 new fellows join a distinguished group of more than 200 Hastings Center fellows. Their work informs scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life science research, technology, and the environment.

Dr. White’s research is focused on ethical issues in intensive care units including surrogate decision making in advanced illness, communication about prognosis in critical illness, and complex behavioral interventions in critical care medicine. He is the UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine, and a professor of Critical Care Medicine, Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Science. He is also the vice chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. White joins four other University of Pittsburgh faculty members, who were previously elected Hastings Center fellows: Robert Arnold, MD, (section chief for Palliative Care and Medical Ethics), Alan Meisel, JD, (professor emeritus of Law), Lisa Parker, PhD (director of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law), and Kenneth Schaffner, MD, PhD (distinguished university professor emeritus, Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Hastings Center and its scholars work on ethical issues in health, science, and technology that inform policy, practice, and public understanding of bioethics. Founded by philosopher Daniel Callahan and psychoanalyst Willard Gaylin, the organization is created from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, law, political science, and education. The Hastings Center was critical to establishing the field of bioethics in 1969.