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Paul Root Wolpe, PhD

Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics
Emory Center for Ethics

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



Emory Center for Ethics

Phone: 404-727-3150



Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, is the Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.  Dr. Wolpe’s scholarly work focuses on the social, religious, and ideological impact of technology and biotechnology on the human condition. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in medical sociology under an NIMH traineeship program in mental health services and evaluation. A founder of the field of neuroethics, which looks at the ethical implications of emerging neuroscience, he has worked on the social and ethical implication of the brain sciences, including mental illness and health.  Dr. Wolpe also works on ethical and social issues in genetics; he also organized BEINGS, “Biotechnology and the Ethical Imagination: A Global Summit,” which brought together thought leaders from the top biotechnology producing countries of the world to reach consensus on a set of ethical principles and policy standards for human cellular biotechnologies. 

Dr. Wolpe is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, and sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals. For 15 years he served as the Senior Bioethicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is the President of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society. Dr. Wolpe sits on national and international committees, such as Canada’sNetworks of Centres of Excellence Selection Committee and DARPA’s Neuroscience ELSI Panel. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Responsible Science Committee that rewrote the canonical volume “Responsible Science,” and he Co-Chaired the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Commission in response to disclosure of its participation in ‘enhanced interrogation’ collaboration with the CIA and Department of Defense.

A sought-after consultant on business ethics and the ethics of philanthropy, Dr. Wolpe was named one of Trust Across America’s “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior.” Chosen by the website Faculty Row as a “SuperProfessor” and by The Teaching Company as a "Superstar Teacher of America,” he has won awards such as the 2011 World Technology Network Award in Ethics, has recorded a popular TED Talk with over 1.5 million views, and has been profiled on media such as 60 Minutes, the New York Times, and Atlantic Magazine.