May 2023

Foundation Announces Greenwall Faculty Scholars Class of 2026

The Foundation’s flagship Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics helps build the next generation of leaders in bioethics by supporting early-career faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research, and by building an intellectually rich and active community. Since 2002, the Foundation has supported over 60 Scholars from 40 different institutions.

Faith Fletcher

Faith Fletcher, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. Her project is “Advancing Maternal Health Equity among Black Women in the United States: Considerations for Bioethicists.”

Abstract: The maternal health crisis in the US represents a well-documented yet under-addressed health injustice and therefore warrants the input and involvement of bioethicists to influence critical dialogue and advocate for equity-focused research, policy, and practices that improve maternal health outcomes. With the goal of responsibly identifying and analyzing health inequities—particularly those inequities that unjustly burden socially and medically underserved populations—this project seeks to inform a broader and bolder bioethics framework to help bioethicists systematically and deliberately respond to long-standing health inequities, including the rise in maternal deaths among Black women.

Brendan Saloner

Brendan Saloner, PhD is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His project is “Beyond Coercion: An Ethical Framework for Mandated Substance Use Treatment.”

Abstract: Many people receive addiction treatment under a criminal legal mandate from courts, police, or community corrections. While coerced treatment is generally impermissible in health care because it violates patient autonomy, providers may justify collaborating in mandated treatment as a way to benefit patients who would otherwise face incarceration. This project will develop a novel ethics framework based on qualitative interviews with policymakers, providers, and formerly mandated patients. The grant will support the development of ethics-informed guidelines for programs and providers to manage the ethical tensions of participating in oversight and surveillance of mandated patients. 

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor, PhD is Assistant Professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Her project is “In Search of an Ethical Constraint on Hospital Revenue Generation.”

Abstract: Hospitals have come under public scrutiny for appearing to maximize their financial margin at the expense of patients and staff. In response to this concern, Prof. Taylor’s project will identify a normative ethical constraint on hospital revenue generation that avoids reliance on nonprofit status or medical professionalism. It does so by addressing the following questions: (1) In what ways, if at all, are hospitals different from for-profit business corporations? (2) What are the ethical responsibilities of US hospitals with regard to revenue generation? And (3) How does that ethical responsibility translate to practical directives with regard to contracting, lobbying and pricing?