A Conversation about the President's Council on Bioethics

with Joseph Raho, PhD

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On November 14, Dr. Joseph Raho, a clinical ethicist at UCLA Health and instructor at the Bioethics Institute, talked to students and faculty about his time working for the President's Council on Bioethics from 2006-2009. Dr. Raho opened the conversation by discussing his early career after his undergraduate studies. Initially set on law school, Dr. Raho decided to take an entry-level position for the President's Council on Bioethics answering emails and phone calls. This first job opened the door for future research with the President's Council including special projects to assist council members such as a year long venture studying international policy and attitudes regarding newborn genetic screening. Dr. Raho also pointed out the key distinctions among the various iterations of presidential commissions on bioethics including how the President's Council on Bioethics was specifically tasked with articulating competing moral positions rather than arriving at a consensus. Dr. Raho concluded the conversation by answering questions from students and providing advice on early professional development and networking.

Additional Resources

Read more about Dr. Raho here

President's Council on Bioethics Website

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