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Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee


To formulate principles and policies on ethics, professionalism, and human rights for the Board of Regents, uphold high ethical standards in medicine and advise the College's Center for Ethics and Professionalism.

Composition (14)

Chair, who is a Regent; Vice-Chair, who is a Governor; 10 members, including at least one Regent, at least one Governor, one Resident/Fellow member, one Medical Student, and one Early Career Physician member.

The President and Chair of the Board of Regents are ex officio, voting members.


Chair, Vice-Chair, and members-at-large serve one-year terms renewable up to three times for a total of four years, unless extended by the Chair, Board of Regents.

2021-22 Members

Isaac O. Opole, MBChB, PhD, FACP, Chair (Regent)
Professor of Medicine, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
Specialty: Hospital Medicine

Noel N. Deep, MD, FACP, Vice Chair (Governor)
Regional Medical Director, Aspirus Medical Group, Inc.
Chief Medical Officer, Aspirus Langlade Hospital
Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin
Antigo, WI
Specialties: Internal Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine

T. Brian Callister, MD, FACP, SFHM (Governor)
Academic Hospitalist; Professor of Medicine; Director of Rural Medical Education
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Reno, NV
Specialties: Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine

Jan K. Carney, MD, MPH, MACP (Regent)
Associate Dean for Public Health & Health Policy; Professor of Medicine
Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
South Burlington, VT
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Kari L. Esbensen, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Senior Faculty Fellow (Emory Center for Ethics)
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
Specialties: Hospital Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Joseph J. Fins, MACP MD, FRCP
The E. William Davis, Jr., M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics
Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and tenured Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Thomas S. Huddle, MD, FACP
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Specialty: IM

Mark A. Levine, MD, MACP
Vermont Department of Health
Shelburne, VT
Specialties: Internal Medicine, Other

Kenneth Prager, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine, Director of Clinical Ethics, Chair of Medical Ethics Committee
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY
Specialty: PUD

George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, MACP, FIDSA (President)
(Ex-officio member)
Professor of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA
Specialties: Internal Medicine, Infectious diseases

Thomas G. Cooney, MD, MACP (Chair, Board of Regents)
(Ex-officio member)
Professor of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Taylor Harp (CSM)
Medical Student
Rocky Vista University
One Tree, CO

Joel Burnett, MD (CRFM)
Chief Resident
Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Medicine
Portland, OR
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Amy K. Holbrook, MD, FACP (CECP)
Associate Program Director, Residency Program
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Little Canada, MN
Specialty: Internal Medicine

Staff Liaison: Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD,