AJOB Editor Glenn McGee To Be the New John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics and AJOB to Move to Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City



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November 28, 2009

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Glenn McGee is moving to Kansas City to assume the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics. So, we are moving! The Center for Practical Bioethics is about to become home to the editorial office of The American Journal of Bioethics, bioethics’ most cited, most read journal–that is if they can figure where to store all our glowing ice cubes, plastic puzzles, and AJOB pens (assured not to influence one’s prescribing practices).

The press release about the Francis chair is below or can be read directly on the Center’s website.


To hear Glenn’s profound musings the challenge of his new role as chair, take a listen here.

Glenn McGee named to John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics
Glenn McGee, PhD, becomes the second holder of the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics on January 1, 2010. He follows John D. Lantos, MD. The chair was established in 2005 with a $3 million endowment from the Francis Family Foundation for the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City.

The Francis Chair was designed for an individual with a national stature in bioethics, a proven track record in teaching and research and proven leadership qualities in fostering excellence in collaboration. Dr. McGee will engage in public outreach and consult with policymakers on medical ethics issues.

“Dr. McGee brings enormous expertise, experience and energy to his new role as the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics,” says Myra Christopher, president and CEO of the Center. “Dr. McGee is known for a pragmatic approach to bioethics, making him a perfect fit for the Center for Practical Bioethics.

“In my opinion, no other bioethics program is as effective at combining public engagement and scholarship,” says Dr. McGee. “The Center for Practical Bioethics has a 25 year history as the peerless maverick in advancing the discussion – and resolution – of the ethical problems posed by biomedical science. I could not be happier or more honored to join the outstanding team at the Center as the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics.”

Dr. McGee’s research ranges widely across ethical, legal, social and economic issues in biomedical science, and has resulted in more than $3 million in research funding and the publication of more than 100 articles, essays and reviews in peer-reviewed scientific, medical, and ethics journals, such as Science, Nature, JAMA, as well as oft-cited contributions to many encyclopedias, textbooks, law reviews, and other scholarly publications and books.

He has written two books, The Perfect Baby: Parenting in the New World of Cloning and Geneticsand Beyond Genetics: The User’s Guide to DNA. He has edited three others, including The Human Cloning Debate (4 editions); Who Owns Life; and, Pragmatic Bioethics (2 editions). His most recent book is tentatively entitled Think Different: Autism and Bioethics.

In 2010, he is editing a new bioethics textbook for Wiley entitled Contemporary Debates in Bioethics, and is the bioethics editor for The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. He founded and served as Senior Editor for MIT Press Bioethics Books.

Dr. McGee is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the nation’s leading journal in medical ethics, The American Journal of Bioethics, which will be based in the Center along with its subsidiary journals, AJOB Neuroscience and AJOB Primary Research and its 30 million visitor-per-year website, bioethics.net. He serves on more than a dozen editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals, as well as the ethics committees of the two organizations for scientific and medical journals.

Dr. McGee appears frequently in the news media, including “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio, PBS Frontline, The Today Show, Oprah, Anderson Cooper 360, Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, and 20/20. He has written bioethics columns for The Scientist, Hearst News Service; New York Times News Service, and MSNBC Online. He is on the cast of the PBS show Second Opinion, and a frequent guest on CNN Headline News, for whom he is a regular contributor.

Dr. McGee has given more than two dozen endowed and named lectures and has taught bioethics to incoming members of congress, chief justices of the state supreme courts, and for ten years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he created an undergraduate minor in bioethics.


Bio brief, Glenn McGee, PhD
Podcast, Introducing: the new John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics, The Bioethics Channel,11 minutes 39 seconds
About John Francis

John B. Francis and his wife, Mary Harris Francis, were well-known in Kansas City and nationally for their support of charitable causes.

During a 46 year career at Puritan Bennett, Mr. Francis developed life-sustaining respiratory technology. As a philanthropist, Mr. Francis provided tremendous support to advance pulmonary medicine through the Francis Family Foundation.

At the Center for Practical Bioethics, Mr. Francis served on the board of directors and provided significant financial support throughout much of the Center’s history. The John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics was established in 2005 by the Francis Family Foundation to honor the life of John B. Francis.

About The American Journal of Bioethics

The American Journal of Bioethics, better known as “AJOB,” is a peer-reviewed journal with its editorial offices in the Center for Practical Bioethics. Only 10 years old, the Chronicle of Higher Education opined that “perhaps never in the history of publishing has a journal risen to the top of its ranks so quickly.”

AJOB is produced in a novel format that is aimed not just at scholars but at all medical professionals, policymakers, scientists, and a sizeable number of patients and students. Each issue contains a complete treatment of several important issues in bioethics together with open peer commentaries by those from all relevant disciplines.

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