Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Biological Behavior, & Sociology, & the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Dr. Wolpe served for 17 years as the first Senior Bioethicist for NASA & was the first National Bioethics Advisor to Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He is Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, the leading journal in neuroethics & he sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals in medicine & ethics. Dr. Wolpe is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, a past President of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, a Fellow of the Hastings Center & a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Judaism in 2019.
Dr. Wolpe publishes in sociology, medicine, & ethics, & has contributed to many encyclopedias on ethical & bioethical issues. Trained as a social scientist – rare for an ethicist -- Dr. Wolpe’s work focuses on the social, religious, ethical, & ideological impact of medicine & technology on the human condition. A founder of the field of neuroethics, which examines the ethical implications of neuroscience, over the last decade he has shifted his attention to the ethics of artificial intelligence, machine learning, & big data. He founded BEINGS, “Biotechnology & the Ethical Imagination: A Global Summit,” which brought together thought leaders from around the world to reach consensus on a set of ethical principles & policy standards for human genetic engineering. Dr. Wolpe also writes & teaches in Jewish Bioethics, & co-authored the guide to Jewish end-of-life issues, Behoref Hayamim: In the Winter of Life. He is the bioethics advisor to JScreen, the national Jewish Genetic Screening Program.