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Mark Sheldon

Distinguished Senior Lecturer Emeritus

PhD, Brandeis University
Curriculum Vitae

Mark Sheldon is Distinguished Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Philosophy at Northwestern University and is also faculty in the Medical Ethics and Humanities Program at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He 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, and Senior Policy Analyst at the American Medical Association. Formerly Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Indiana University (Northwest campus) and Indiana University School of Medicine, he currently serves as an ethicist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. From 2004 until 2017 Sheldon also served as assistant dean in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern. 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 - Theoretical Ethics and Bioethics and 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 served as co-editor of the American Philosophical Association’s Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine from 2000 until 2019. He also served as a member of the Task Force on Genetics for the Illinois Humanities Council. 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.


Recent research activities:

Publications –

            “Family Meetings in the Intensive Care Unity during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic,” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, with Gina Piscitello, et al., November 19, 2020. Link

            “Informed Consent in Neurosurgery: A Systematic Review,” Journal of Neurosurgery, with Nathan A  Shlobin and Sandi Lam, November, 2020.


Presentations –

            “Revisiting the Use of Children as Organ Donors,” The 32nd Annual Dorothy J MacLean Fellows Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics, The University of Chicago, November 14, 2020

            “The Puppy Adoption Fallacy, “ commentary, The American Philosophical Association, Annual Central Division Meeting, February 22-27,