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Griffin Trotter, MD, PhD


Griffin Trotter, MD, PhDEmail:

In addition to his faculty appointment in the Center for Health Care Ethics, Griffin Trotter has a secondary appointment in the Department of Surgery, Emergency Medical Division. He is a board certified emergency physician, and retired after 15 years of practice. He received his PhD in philosophy in 1995 from Vanderbilt University and his MD in 1985 from Saint Louis University.

Dr. Trotter is CHCE Director of Clinical Consultation and co-Director of Plenary Mentoring for Graduate Students in Health Care Ethics. He teaches several courses in the PhD program in Health Care Ethics, including "Methods in Philosophical Ethics" (G601), "Introduction to Medicine for Ethicists" (G611), and "Ethics in Health Care Reform" (G634).

His research focuses on disaster ethics, clinical ethics, health policy reform, and on the relevance of American pragmatism to bioethics. Dr. Trotter is the author of The Loyal Physician (Vanderbilt University Press, 1997) On Royce (Wadsworth, 2001), and The Ethics of Coercion in Mass Casualty Medicine (Johns Hopkins University, 2007), as well as over 70 essays and articles in bioethics and emergency medicine.


Recent Presentations

  • "The Ethics of Coercion in Mass Casualty Medicine: Author Meets Critics." Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Annual Meeting. San Antonio, Texas. February, 22, 2008.
  • Panel Member (With Jonathan Moreno, Arthur Caplan, Paul Root Wolpe) for Panel Presentation: "Limiting Rights for the Public Good: Balancing Public Safety and Civil Liberty in Response to Terrorism, Epidemics, and National Security." American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Annual Meeting. Cleveland, Ohio. October 23-26, 2008.
  • "Ethical Issues Related to Emergency Health Powers and Disaster Care" (plenary lecture), at Ethical and Legal Issues in Disaster Response, a public conference sponsored by: The University Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response (a joint initiative of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital), Capital Health System, The Medical Coordination Centers (MCC) of central New Jersey. West Windsor, New Jersey. November 11, 2008.
  • Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, 36th Annual Convention. "Royce's Lost Cause." College Station, TX. March 12, 2009.
  • Missouri Pandemic Preparedness Group, Disaster Symposium. "Public Participation in Disaster Response." Saint Luke's Medical Center (broadcast statewide via video conferencing). August 10, 2009.
  • Vanderbilt University 13th Annual Berry Lecture. "Futility and the End of Life." Nashville, TN. March 22, 2010.
  • Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education (Invitational consortium sponsored by Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics and California Pacific Medical Center): "Back to Socrates." April 8, 2010.


Congressional Testimony

United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation (Commerce). Subject: Reuse of Single-use Medical Devices. February 10, 2000. Rayburn House, Washington D.C.


Committee Work

  • Member, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) Scientific Committees SC-13 and SC-15 advising the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on radiation safety issues related to space travel.
  • Program Committee co-Chair (with Felicia Cohn). 7th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, Fall 2004.
  • Member, Bioterrorism Review Committee, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
  • Ethics Program Advisory Committee. Eastern Division, American Philosophical Association. Appointed Spring 2001 for three-year term.

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