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Meet a few of our alumni!

Michael Arenson Michael Arenson is the very first graduate of Emory’s MA in Bioethics.  Michael joined the MA in Bioethics immediately after finishing his undergraduate degree and the MA has shaped his career ever since.  Prior to joining the MA in Bioethics, Michael was interested in pediatric infectious diseases.  However, while completing the MA, he developed an ongoing passion in the social determinants of health and health disparities.  Michael cultivated these and other interests in ethics by working at Emory’s Institutional Review Board and the Urban Health Initiative before joining Emory’s MD program in 2014.  Speaking of his MA and MD studies at Emory, Michael writes: “Getting my MA at the Center for Ethics was life-changing and changed the way I view medicine and the world.”
Maria Davila Dr. Maria Davila is a foreign medical doctor, currently working in Research Compliance and Education with the Emory Institutional Review Board Office.  Before joining the Institutional Review Board, she worked as a research coordinator and microsurgery instructor for almost 9 years. She has been working with the Institutional Review Board for the last 6 years. She has always being interested in research ethics and compliance, but decided to pursue this degree to learn more about bioethics and how this knowledge could help her improve research conditions for vulnerable populations.  She is also interested in social justice issues and human rights. She hopes this degree will help her in her current line of work, and that may open opportunities to collaborate in projects helping subjects in research.
Cynthia Drake Cynthia Drake graduated from the MA in Bioethics Program with a thesis utilizing a public health ethics framework to evaluate federal policy. Her research interests in vulnerable and underserved populations lie at both ends of the age spectrum: previously a grant writer and editor in non-profit journalism specifically covering juvenile justice, she is now contracted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducting geriatric injury prevention research.  In addition, she currently works for the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine, Division of Health Care Policy and Research, while completing a PhD in Health Services Research.  Cynthia continues to use her MA in Bioethics experience as a student, researcher, and as guest lecturer on public health ethics for the Colorado School of Public Health.
Scotty Jenkins Scotty Jenkins became interested in bioethics after his work at Emory University’s Institutional Review Board exposed him to the ethical issues that arise in research. While working through the program, his interests broadened beyond research ethics to include both bioethics and ethical theory more generally. He graduated from the MA in Bioethics program in 2015 with a thesis examining the moral significance of non-autonomous patients’ refusals of medical treatment. Scotty currently works as a compliance manager in Emory University’s Office of Compliance, where he primarily focuses on administrative compliance and ethics issues. Though he is not professionally involved in a bioethics-specific field, the grasp of ethical theory and the analytical precision cultivated in the program significantly influences how he approaches his work.
Ashley Lanzel Ashley Foster Lanzel, MD is a pediatric hematology oncology fellow at Emory/Children's Hospital of Atlanta. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia with a degree in Cellular biology and minor in dance. She completed her medical doctorate at the Medical College of Georgia and her pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently interested in end of life care in pediatric oncology patients, with a focus on bioethical concerns. Upon graduation from the MA in Bioethics program at Emory, she hopes to be able to further the research in bioethics related to pediatric palliative oncology.
Donald Miller Donald Miller's interest in bioethics started early in his career in healthcare, as a chaplain. He was introduced to the complexities of bioethical conversation almost from the day one.  Now, twenty-three years later, he is still asking the same questions and still has very few answers, but he also has one solid guiding principle from his studies in bioethics. Just because we can… does not mean we must. For Donald, that is the heart of bioethics in healthcare. To be willing to ask the questions and push the conversation forward in pursuit of a solution that eases suffering and allows healing to be discovered in new ways.
Ben Stoff Benjamin Stoff, MD MAB, is Assistant Professor at Emory University's School of Medicine and a board certified dermatologist and dermapathologist.  Dr. Stoff specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and is a member of the multidisciplinary melanoma team at Winship Cancer Institute.  Dr. Stoff graduated from the MA in Bioethics Program in 2016.  He serves on the ethics committees for the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatopathology. His primary scholarly interest involves the application of bioethical theory to the unique moral challenges affecting dermatologists and other ambulatory healthcare providers.  He has related interests in global health service work, bioethics and other medical pedagogy, and process improvement in dermatology and dermatopathology.
Victoria Vorholt Victoria Vorholt is a Louisville, Kentucky native and 2016 graduate of Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology. During her studies as a MA in Bioethics student, she focused on the topics of neuroethics, diagnostic clinical reasoning and error, and the ethics of informed consent in clinical research in emergency medicine. Victoria is now a medical student at the University of Kentucky where she plans to continue pursuing bioethics with a focus on ethics education in medical training.
Joel Zivot, MD Dr. Joel B. Zivot is a member of the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at the Emory University School of Law. Dr Zivot’s clinical expertise and research are broad and include care of critically ill patients in the Operating Room and Intensive Care Unit, education and scholarly work in bioethics, the anthropology of conflict resolution, pharmaco-economics, and a variety of topics related to anesthesiology/critical care monitoring and practice. Dr. Zivot has also examined inmates on death row and considers the dilemma of health care delivery for inmates facing execution.