Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and in Medical Humanities & Bioethics
Bioethics, Philosophy of Medicine
Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and also in the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Sheldon received his PhD from Brandeis University, where he was awarded a Sachar Fellowship to study at Oxford University. He has served as Adjunct Senior Scholar at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago, as Senior Policy Analyst at the American Medical Association, as Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Indiana University (Northwest campus) and Indiana University School of Medicine, and as adjunct faculty at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He is currently adjunct faculty and ethicist at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.
Sheldon has published and presented talks on a variety of issues including informed consent, confidentiality, the forced transfusion of children of Jehovah's Witnesses, children as organ donors, disclosure, and the use of Nazi research. He has contributed book chapters and published in a variety of journals including The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Hastings Center Report, The Philosophical Forum, The Journal of Value Inquiry, and The New England Journal of Medicine. He has served as guest editor of two journals – two issues of Theoretical Ethics and Bioethics and one issue of The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. He has served a three-year term as a member of the Committee on Philosophy and Medicine of the American Philosophical Association, and is currently co-editor of the APA Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine. The focus of his research is the point at which the interests of children, the prerogatives of parents, and the obligations of the state often come into conflict in relation to medical decisions for children.