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Whitny Braun

Bioethics Program Director

Whitny Braun is the Program Director for the M.A in Bioethics and an Assistant Professor of Ethics at Loma Linda University. Dr. Braun’s research has focused on religious suicide including the Jain practice of Sallekhana and the Parsi practice of Dakhmenashini.

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David Chooljian

Chair of Ethics Consultation Service, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

David Choojian is the Chair of the Ethics Consultation Service at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University's School of Medicine, and works as a Pulmonologist at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System Dr. Chooljian specializes in medical ethics and has written on topics pertaining to critical care.

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Oleksandr Dubov

Associate Professor of Behavioral Health and Bioethics

Dr. Dubov is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Health and Bioethics at Loma Linda University. He is also an Instructor in Public Health at Loma Linda University. Dr. Dubov earned his PhD in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University, where his thesis investigated, “Emotions, intuitions, and risk perception in critical care.” His current interests include HIV prevention and health disparities, as well as end-of-life care and decision-making.

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Yi Shen Ma

Assistant Professor of Ethical Studies

Yi Shen Ma is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Ethical Studies at Loma Linda University. His areas of interest include social ethics, Christian theology, and the intersection of political theory.

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Jukes Namm

Program Director of the General Surgery Residency & Assistant Professor of Surgery

Dr. Namm is the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency at Loma Linda University Health where he works as a Surgical Oncologist, Clinical Ethics Consultant and an Assistant Professor of Surgery. Dr. Namm specializes in surgical oncology and surgical ethics.

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Grace Oei

Associate Director of Center for Christian Bioethics

Grace Oei is Associate Director of the Center for Christian Bioethics and Director of Clinical Ethics at Loma Linda University Health. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital where she works as a Pediatric Intensivist and Certified Clinical Ethics Consultant. Dr. Oei specializes in the ethics of neonatal care and is a regular speaker for medical, bioethical, and religious conferences.

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Zdravko Plantak

Professor of Ethical Studies

Zdravko Plantak is presently a Professor of Religion and Ethics in the School of Religion at Loma Linda University. He has focused on the ethics of human rights in general as well as race, gender equality, and poverty in a global context.

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James W. Walters

Professor of Ethical Studies

James Walters is an Assistant Professor of Ethics at Loma Linda University. He has presented at multiple professional and religious conferences on a variety of ethical issues including aging, human cloning, organ transplantation, end-of-life care and decision-making, abortion, and many other sensitive topics.

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Gerald Winslow

Director of Center for Christian Bioethics

Gerald R. Winslow is the Director of the Center for Christian Bioethics, Professor of Religion at Loma Linda University (LLU), and Founding Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership. His expertise in biomedical ethics has been appreciated in lectures throughout North America, Australia, Europe, Russia, Africa, and Asia

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