Bruce Jennings, M.S.

Director, Science Advisory Board

Bruce Jennings is Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University and Lecturer at the Yale University School of Public Health. He is also Senior Fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and Senior Advisor and Fellow at The Hastings Center, where he served from 1991 through 1999 as Executive Director. In 2011 Mr. Jennings was named Editor-in-Chief of the standard reference work in the field of bioethics: Bioethics, 4th Edition. Formerly entitled the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, revised and updated 6 volume work was completed and published by Macmillan Reference in 2014.

Mr. Jennings has been active in the health policy and end of life care arenas and in public health and environmental policy. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the Board of Trustees of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State. He was given an Outstanding Achievement Award from the NHPCO for his work on access to hospice and palliative care in 2003. He has also been active in the development of the field of public health ethics. From 2003-2009 he served as member and Chair of the Bioethics Advisory Committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is currently Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee of the March of Dimes. He has also been active in local government and community service, having served at an elected Village Trustee in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY from 2000-2006 and from 2009-2015.

A political scientist by training (Yale University B.A. 1971 and Princeton University M.A. 1973), Mr. Jennings has written and edited twenty five books and has published numerous articles on bioethics and public policy issues. Among his recent books are Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy and Practice (Oxford University Press,2007); The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life: Revised and Expanded Second Edition, (Oxford University Press, 2013); Hospice Ethics: Policy and Practice in Palliative Care (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Regulating Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis in the United States: The Limits of Unlimited Selection (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Forthcoming books include Emergency Ethics: Public Health Preparedness and Response (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Ecological Governance: Toward a New Social Contract with the Earth (West Virginia University Press, 2016).

Senior Fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and Senior Advisor and Fellow at The Hastings Center