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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.

2020-21 Members

Janet A. Jokela, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, Chair (Regent)
Acting Regional Dean
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL
Specialty: IM, ID

Noel N. Deep, MD, FACP, Vice Chair
(Governor) Wisconsin
Assistant Clinical Professor,
Medical College of Wisconsin
Antigo, WI
Specialties: IM, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Lydia S. Dugdale, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center
Dept of Medicine General Med
New York, NY
Specialty: IM

Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP
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: IM

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

Mark A. Levine, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine
Assoc. Dean for Graduate Medical Education and
Designated Institutional Official
UVM Medical Center
Vice Chair for Education
Dept. of Medicine
UVM College of Medicine
Burlington, VT
Specialty: IM, Hospital Medicine

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

Isaac O. Opole, MD, PhD, FACP (Regent)
Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
Specialty: Hospital Medicine

S. Calvin Thigpen, MD, FACP
(Governor) Mississippi
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, MS
Specialty: IM

Jacqueline W. Fincher, MD, MACP (President)
(Ex-officio Member)
Managing Partner
McDuffie Medical Associates
Thomson, GA
Specialty: IM

Heather E. Gantzer, MD, MACP (Chair, Board of Regents)
(Ex-officio Member)
Internist, General Internal Medicine
Park Nicollet Clinic
Nocturnist, Park Nicollet Hospitalist Program
Methodist Hospital
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties: IM, Hospital Medicine

Bradley Pfeifer, Omaha, NE - (CSM)
Ashruta Patel, DO, MS, Cleveland, OH - (CRFM)
Ankita Sager, MD, MPH, FACP, Brooklyn, NY - (CECP)

Staff Liaison: Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD,