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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.”
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.
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.