We are very pleased to announce the ten fellows joining the 2019 Paul Ramsey Institute cohort! We had a truly outstanding group of applicants and thank everyone for their interest in the program.
This is the fourth cohort of the CBC’s signature educational initiative, which brings leading thinkers in the field of bioethics together with current graduate students, medical students, and early-career academic and medical professionals for a two-year training program. Learn more about the Paul Ramsey Institute here.
Matthew Lee Anderson
Matthew Lee Anderson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and an Associate Fellow of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life. He holds both an M.Phil. and D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University. Anderson is a Perpetual Member of Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute, and founded Mere Orthodoxy, a web-based magazine that since 2005 has been providing both long- and short-form commentary on matters of religion, politics, and culture from a broadly conservative, evangelical standpoint. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith, and The End of our Exploring. Anderson writes occasionally for Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, The Washington Post, and other outlets. He lives in Waco, with his wife of fourteen years, where he regularly defeats fourth graders in basketball.
John Brewer Eberly, Jr.
John Brewer Eberly, Jr. is a rising first-year resident in family medicine at AnMed Health in Anderson, South Carolina. He earned his MD at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and his MA in Christian Studies as a fellow of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellowship at Duke Divinity School. Brewer is interested in medical student formation, beauty, phronesis, theological approaches to bioethics, and women’s health. His writing has appeared in JAMA, Academic Medicine, AMA Journal of Ethics, STAT, Hektoen International, Journal of Religion and Health, First Things, Mere Orthodoxy, Doximity, KevinMD, and Student Doctor Network, with forthcoming work in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. He is currently finishing his first book, The Closing of the Medical Mind: How Medical Education is Failing Patients and Impoverishing the Souls of Today’s Medical Students.
Kallie Fell is registered nurse in the Birth Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Kallie has been a labor and delivery nurse for almost three years and also holds an undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences and a graduate degree in Reproductive Physiology from Purdue University. Her graduate work focused on epigentics and the role of maternal exercise on their offspring. Kallie started her professional career as a scientist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University where she assisted in the investigation of endometriosis and pre-term birth with the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Center. Kallie found that she enjoyed interacting with women in a clinical role and went back to school to become a registered nurse. Kallie will tell you that she is passionate about two things: her family and women’s health. During her free time, Kallie volunteers for the The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network as a research associate; a role she hopes to expand on in the future.
David Guzzardi is an MD-PhD student at the University of Calgary. His research seeks to ameliorate the surgical management of cardiovascular disease using advanced imaging techniques. David is also interested in how medical technologies interface with palliative care for patients with non-cancer disease and the ethical considerations that accompany these discussions.
Alice Ing is a psychiatry resident physician and serves on the Ethics Committee at University of California Irvine Health. She graduated from Yale University in 2011 with a B.A. in Religious Studies with a Concentration in Bioethics. Her senior thesis was titled “Evangelical Christian Perspectives on Assisted Reproductive Technologies.” After graduating, she returned to sunny California to receive her M.D. and M.A. in Bioethics at Loma Linda University, a Seventh Day Adventist institution whose motto is “to make man whole.” Her masters thesis was titled “Neuroscience and Free Will: Implications for the Christian Faith.” After she received her M.A. and before starting medical school, she worked at the Center for Christian Bioethics and helped teach bioethics to medical students. During medical school, she served on the Clinical Ethics Committee at Loma Linda University Health. She also devoted much of her time to promoting wellness and resilience among her peers. Her academic interests include consult & liaison psychiatry, palliative care, clinical ethics, and the integration of spirituality & mental health.
Maggie McCann is an MD-PhD candidate at Creighton University where she studies Neuroimmunology. Her interests in bioethics focus on the relation between Aristotelian-Thomistic Philosophy and modern science, and the ethical use of new scientific technologies. Maggie holds a Masters in Laboratory Animal Science from Stanford University where she studied a translational model of spinal cord injury in a neuroscience lab. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California where her senior thesis explored the philosophical definition of life.
Kevin McKay is a third-year medical student at the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his B.S. in Biomathematics with a minor in Chemistry at Loyola Marymount University in 2014. He is interested in exploring how microvascular changes in the eye correlate with vision loss in chronic disease states and in the setting of long-term space flight. He enjoys teaching, surfing, cooking, and discussing bioethics with friends, and feels exceptionally blessed to be a part of the 2019-2021 cohort.
Travis Pickell is Associate Director of University Engagement at Anselm House, a Christian Study Center at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, he was a Lecturer and College Fellow at the University of Virginia, where he taught courses on health care ethics, clinical research ethics, death and dying, business ethics, environmental ethics, and biotechnology and human nature. A scholar of religious ethics, with a particular focus on the intersection of religion, medicine, and society, some of his other interests include the impact of modernity on religious belief and practices, issues of religious pluralism and public life, and the broad field of Christian theological ethics. His doctoral work focused on theological, cultural, and ethical issues of agency-in-dying, and was informed by his participation in palliative care ethics and weekly clinical ethics meetings at UVA Health System. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and B.A. from The College of William & Mary.
Wilson Ricketts is a medical student at The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, class of 2020. He completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at Covenant College and is a fellow in the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School. His research interests include the ethics of access to healthcare domestically and globally, care at the end of life, and the theological/philosophical presumptions that cause providers and patients to view medicine as a means of control rather than an embodiment of presence and care. Wilson intends to apply to residency programs in either pediatrics or combined internal medicine-pediatrics and is considering a career in palliative care. He is honored to be a Paul Ramsey fellow.
Dillon Stull is a medical student at Stanford Medical School concentrating in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, matriculating class of 2017. He attended Baylor University for undergraduate, where he studied the liberal arts in the University Scholars program. He then completed a Master of Arts in Christian Studies at Duke Divinity School through the Fellowship in Theology, Medicine, and Culture. He maintains interests in poetry, philosophy, and theology.