Board of Directors
Debra Budiani-Saberi, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Director and Founder
Visiting Research Associate, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
Renée C. Fox, Ph.D.
Annenberg Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow Emerita of the Center for Bioethics
A summa cum laude graduate of Smith College , she holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University , where she studied in the Department of Social Relations. Her major teaching and research interests – sociology of medicine, medical research, medical education, and medical ethics – have involved her in first-hand participant observation-based studies in Continental Europe (particularly Belgium), in Central Africa (especially the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire), and in the People’s Republic of China, as well as in the United States. Her best-known books are Experiment Perilous: Physicians and Patients Facing the Unknown; In the Belgian Château: The Spirit and Culture of a European Society in an Age of Change; The Courage to Fail: A Social View of Organ Transplantation and Dialysis; and Spare Parts: Organ Replacement in American Society (the last two of which were coauthored with medical historian Judith P.Swazey). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the Institute of Medicine , and the recipient of nine honorary degrees. In 1995, the Belgian Government named her Chevalier of the Order of Leopold II.
Deborah Golden, J.D.
DC Prisoners’s Legal Services
Megan Plyler, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland
Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
Gabriel Danovitch, M.D.
Director, Kidney and Kidney-Pancreas Transplantation, Renal Transplant Service, UCLA Medical Center
Hossam Fadel, M.D.
Representative from the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA)
Jok Madut Jok, Ph.D.
Professor of (Medical) Anthropology, Loyola Marymount
Samer El-Kamary, M.D.
University of Maryland – Regional Program Specialist
Azza M. Karam, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Research Advisor, Regional Bureau for Arab States, United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Othman Shibly, DDS, M.S.
International Education and Programs Associate Director, Center for Clinical Dental Studies University at Buffalo; Scholar of Islamic Law Damascus University
Keth Ditthavong has passion for socially impactful philanthropy, serving as Board Member of a non-profit, Devotion to Children, which helps economically disadvantaged families with childcare as well as health and educational services. Keth co-founded an Internet start-up in the early ‘90s using his expertise as data and telecommunications engineer. His love of entrepreneurship remained in tack after attending law school and working at boutique and major law firms. In 2000, Keth co-founded his own law firm, presently known as Ditthavong & Steiner, P.C. — with offices in Washington, D.C., New York, San Diego, and Taipei. He grew the firm from 2 people to over 60 employees and positioned the firm as an international powerhouse in intellectual property. Keth also pursues other business ventures in film and music, fashion, beverage, as well as software. His biggest accomplishment has been assembling the people he gets to work and collaborate with each and every day. He strives continually to give back.