Affinity Groups

These special interest groups are a great way to connect with other ASBH members who share your academic or clinical focus or practice in a similar setting.

ASBH affinity groups plan presentations and educational programs; develop position papers, guidelines, and practice standards; monitor and recommend responses to regulatory legislation and ethical issues; and review and recommend research priorities.

If you wish to participate in an Affinity Group, join ASBH now and then follow these steps to join as many affinity groups as you like.

  1. Log into "My Account" with your ASBH Username and Password.
  2. On the left navigation, find "Affinity Groups" under "Membership and Participation."
  3. Choose any group(s) that interest you by selecting the boxes to the left of each listing.
  4. Click the "Save" button at the bottom.

Affinity Groups and Their Leaders

Animal Bioethics
Providenza Loera Rocco, JD HEC-C

Vasiliki Rahimzadeh, PhD

Baccalaureate Bioethics and Humanities Educators Affinity Group
Andrea L. Kalfoglou, PhD; Hajung Lee, PhD JD MBE

Bioethics and Artificial Intelligence
Kristin Kostick-Quenet, PhD

Bioethics and Christian Theology
Kimbell Kornu, MD PhD HEC-C; Tyler Tate, MD

Clinical Ethics Consultation
Thomas V. Cunningham, PhD

Clinical Research Ethics Consultation
Donna T. Chen, MD MPH

Conflict Resolution and Bioethics
Bruce Tizes, MD JD MPH

Current and Former Clinical Ethics Fellows 

Dental Ethics

Disability Ethics
Christopher Ralston, PhD; Devan Stahl, PhD MDiv HEC-C

ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Implications)
Kadija Ferryman, PhD; Gabriel Lazaro-Munoz, JD PhD

Environmental Bioethics 
Paul J. Cummins

Ethics and Humanities Educators in the Health Professions and Residency Training
Patrick D. Herron, DBe; Ruchika Mishra, PhD

Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Georgina D. Campelia, PhD HEC-C; Elizabeth Lanphier, PhD MS HEC-C

Health and Science Policy
Aaliyah Eaves, JD PhD HEC-C

History of Medical Ethics
Robert Baker, PhD

Holocaust Genocide Contemporary Bioethics 
William Silvers, MD

Hospice & Palliative Care
Janice Firn, PhD MSW HEC-C; Carla Keirns, MD PhD HEC-C; Sirisha Perugu, MD HEC-C

Jewish Bioethics
Carol Gerson, MD

LatinX Bioethics
Nicole Martinez-Martin, JD PhD 

Law & Bioethics
Elizabeth Pike

Literature & Medicine
Jamie C. Watson, PhD MA HEC-C; Angela Scott, MD PhD

Medical Decision Making
Elizabeth Nilson, MD MPH HEC-C; Kimberly Sawyer; Bjorg Thorsteinsdottir, MD

Military, Humanitarian and Disaster Medicine
James Giordano, PhD

Nada Gligorov, PhD

Angela Knackstedt, BSN RN

Organizational Ethics
Melissa Bottrell, PhD MPH; Matthew Wynia, MD MPH FACP

Pediatric Ethics
Amy E. Brown, MD MS HEC-C; Bryanna Moore PhD HEC-C

Pharmacy and Ethics
Caitlin Leach

Gerard Vong, PhD

Philosophy of Medicine
Allison M. McCarthy, PhD;Matthew Shea, PhD; Heidi Storl PhD MA HEC-C

Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Laura Guidry-Grimes, PhD HEC-C; Harold Braswell, PhD

Public Health
Karen M. Meagher, PhD

Race & Culture/Ethnicity
Jennifer McCurdy, PhD BSN HEC-C; Jennifer James, PhD MSW MS

Religion, Spirituality and Bioethics
Jeff S. Matsler

Benjamin J. Krohmal, JD HEC-C; Bethany Bruno, MD MA

Rural Bioethics
Elizabeth Held Dobos HEC-C PA-C

Sexuality & Gender Identity: LGBT and Queer Bioethics
Theodore Schall, MSW MBE

Social Work
Sophia Fantus, PhD MSW

Student Interest
Adrienne Feller Novick, MS MSW HEC-C

Surgical Ethics
Andrew G. Shuman, MD HEC-C; Carrie Thiessen, MD PhD

Visual Arts & Cultural Representations


Many affinity groups offer participation in ListServes in specialized areas. ASBH members may also participate in the ASBH ListServe in which members share announcements of scholarly meetings and events of general interest to the field of bioethics and humanities. Refer to the benefits of ASBH membership for more information.

Leaders can connect with ASBH Education and Operations Manager Lauren Winters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Those interested in starting a new affinity group can reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an application form and more information about the approval process.