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David Christopher Magnus (Professor)

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Personal bio
David Magnus, PhD is Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, and Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, where Directs the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Magnus serves as President of the American Bioethics Program Directors, representing the leadership of 60 academic bioethics programs across North America. Led by Dr. Magnus, the ABPD sent a clear message about myths that challenge the ethics of reform proposals at this critical juncture in the national debate about health care reform in the United States. Dr. Magnus received his PhD in philosophy from Stanford University, and currently co-chairs Stanford Hospital and Clinicâ??s Ethics Committee which provides consultation to doctors, patients and families on issues concerning surrogate decision making at the end- of-life and organ donation. He is a member of Stanfordâ??s End of Life Work Group, Palliative Care Board and the newly formed Innovative Care Committee. In addition, Dr. Magnus has spearheaded ethics training programs offered to medical students and clinicians. Dr. Magnus serves as Co-Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics and is widely published on a range of topics, including health care reform, research ethics, end-of-life care, and genetic technology. His published journals include Science, Hastings Center Report, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, and the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. Along with his scholarly work, he has written a number of editorial pieces in prominent newspapers and has been quoted in Time magazine, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and NY Times. He has also appeared on many television shows including Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, FOX news Sunday, and ABC World News.

Currently teaching
BIOE 131: Ethics in Bioengineering (Spring)
HUMBIO 174: Foundations of Bioethics (Spring)
PEDS 251A: Medical Ethics I (Winter)
PEDS 251B: Medical Ethics II (Autumn)
THINK 11: Bioethical Challenges of New Technology (Winter)
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