The Hastings Center fellows are a group of more than 200 individuals with outstanding accomplishments whose work has informed scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, science, and technology. The new fellows focus on a broad range of topics, including disability and justice, legal history of the American eugenics movement, gender and reproductive medicine, transplantation, ethics consultation, theological ethics, global health and research ethics, mental health care, and dilemmas posed by neurological impairments.
Debjani Mukherjee (PhD, ‘00) is an associate professor of medical ethics in clinical medicine and clinical rehabilitation medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and a senior clinical ethicist at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is a clinical-community psychologist with expertise in qualitative methods and a clinical ethicist who has been involved in over 750 ethics consultations. Her scholarship and practice are informed by more than 30 years of clinical experience working in nine hospitals in New York City; Buffalo.; Boston; Urbana, Ill.; Chicago, Paris, and Kolkata in several roles, including psychometrist, brain injury support group facilitator, psychotherapist, researcher, ethics consultant, and director of an ethics program. Her scholarly interests are in the ethical dilemmas posed by neurological impairments, the emotional impact of medical decisions, the practice of clinical ethics consultation, and ethical concerns in rehabilitation medicine.
Dr. Mukherjee has lectured and published on topics ranging from the dignity of risk to moral distress in rehabilitation professionals. She is the Ethical-Legal feature editor for the journal PM&R, the official scientific journal of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is on the editorial board of the multidisciplinary journal, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.