Who We Are

Bruce D. White, DO, JD, Director

Professor of Pediatrics
John A. Balint, MD, Chair in Medical Ethics
Director, Alden March Bioethics Institute
Albany Medical College - Albany, New York 12208
  • BSPharm (honors), University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee
  • JD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • DO, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas
  • MS, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York
  • Pediatrics Residency, University of Louisville and Kosair Children’s Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship, University of Chicago Medical Center MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Chicago, Illinois
  • Certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Member of the Tennessee Bar

Larry W. Bridgesmith, JD

Senior Fellow and Associate Professor
Institute for Conflict Management
Lipscomb University
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
  • BA (honors), Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
  • JD (high honors), Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
  • Graduate Certificate in Mediation, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics, Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York
  • Member of the Michigan and Tennessee Bars
  • Co-chair, American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Task Force on Health Care
  • Co-chair American Bar Association Dispute Resolution International Committee Task Force on Complex Disputes
  • Fellow, International Academy of Mediators

Edward A. Dauer, LLB, MPH

Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Law
Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
Denver, Colorado 80208
  • AB, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • LLB, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • MPH, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Member of the Colorado and Connecticut Bars and of the Federal Courts and the United States Supreme Court
  • Elected Life Member, American Law Institute
  • Member of the Mediation and Arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution

Gretchen A. Fair, JD, MS, MSW

  • BA, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • JD, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • MS, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Clinical Ethics Fellowship, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars


Charlene M. Grove, BSN, MS, RN

Clinical Nurse Manager, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
Barrow Neurological Institute
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
  • AA, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, California
  • BSN, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona
  • MS, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

Melinda S. Henderson, MD, CMD, FAAHPM

Executive Director
CHOICES Long Term Services & Support and Medicare-Medicaid
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee
Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
  • BS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • MD, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois
  • Geriatrics Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Fellow of the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Danielle E. Holley, JD, MS

Walsh and Hacker
18 Corporate Woods Boulevard, Floor 3
Albany, New York 12211
  • BA, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • JD, Albany Law School, Albany, New York
  • MS, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York
  • Clinical Ethics Fellowship, Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York
  • Member of the New York Bar

Jay A. Jacobson, MD, MACP

Professor of Medicine Emeritus (Infectious Disease)
Retired Chief, Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities
LDS Hospital and University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132
  • BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • MD, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Epidemiology and Infectious Disease Fellowship, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship, University of Chicago Medical Center MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Chicago, Illinois
  • Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Master of the American College of Physicians

Kate Payne, BSN, JD, MA, RN

Director, Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care
St. Thomas Hospital
4220 Harding Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37205
  • BS, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • BSN, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois
  • JD, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
  • MA (candidate), Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship, University of Chicago Medical Center MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Chicago, Illinois

Wayne N. Shelton, PhD, MSW

Professor of Medicine
Alden March Bioethics Institute
Albany Medical College
Albany, New York 12208
  • BA University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina
  • MA, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • MA (MSW), University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship, University of Chicago Medical Center MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Chicago, Illinois

Stephanie I.M. Strickland, BSN, MS, RN, CNRN

Clinical Nurse Manager, Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit
Barrow Neurological Institute
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
  • RN Dip HE, Harrogate School of Nursing, Leeds University, Leeds, England
  • BSN, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
  • MS, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York
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