ADVANCING BIOETHICS RESEARCH
Elms College Magazine
2020 Professor Adds TEDMED Research Scholar to Lengthy Resume Peter DePergola II, Ph.D., M.T.S. wears many hats, both inside and outside of Elms College. At Elms he is an assistant professor of bioethics and medical humanities—the college’s fastest growing minor—and last spring launched an advanced research and writing course in bioethics and medical humanities. Outside the college, he is director of clinical ethics for Baystate Health, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, adjunct professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, a research scientist in neuroethics for the American Academy of Neurology, and associate editor of the Online Journal of Health Ethics. As if that weren’t enough, he recently added another feather to his cap after being selected as a research scholar in bioethics for the prestigious medical conference, TEDMED.
“It is an incredible honor that highlights the expertise we have, and continue to develop, at Elms,” DePergola said of the recognition. The TEDMED conference, the medical arm of the renowned TED conference and its TED Talks, explores innovative practices emerging in the healthcare industry. A TEDMED representative invited DePergola to submit his application to become a research scholar for TEDMED 2020, which will be held in Boston in March. DePergola was one of 50 internationally recognized scholars selected to rate the academic integrity of hundreds of TEDMED presentations. “My simple hope for the experience is to provide a needed service, and to ensure that each talk possesses the intellectual
Elms College Fall 2019 annual report and alumni magazine