David J Perlman, PhD
Description of Bioethics ExpertiseSenior Lecturer, School of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania
Use of technology to enhance ethics education; bioethics mediation; research ethics; clinical ethics
David is the President and Founder of a unique ethics education company, E4 - Eclipse Ethics Education Enterprises (www.e-four.org). At Penn, David is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and an Associate at the Center for Bioethics. At the School of Nursing, David teaches the required undergraduate ethics course for all nursing students. During the past two academic years, Penn Nursing has awarded him two successive small grants to integrate various interactive technologies into his class. In 2008, he received the inaugural Teaching Award for Exceptional Undergraduate Instruction by the Student Nurse Association at Penn. At the Center, David serves as a faculty facilitator in two Penn Med courses, the Ethics of Human Subjects Research and Bioethics and Professionalism. In addition, he has supervised a student’s master’s thesis and hosted an intern during Summer 2009. In addition to his work at Penn Nursing and at the Center, David is a facilitator in the Narrative Professionalism Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
David received his Ph.D. in philosophy specializing in medical ethics from the University of Tennessee in 2000, his master's degree in philosophy from Georgia State University in 1993, and his bachelor of science in biology, philosophy, and classics (Honors graduate) from Emory University in 1992. David's graduate training, dissertation, and fellowship training at the Medical University of South Carolina (1999) focused on the role of mediation in clinical ethics. One of his chapters, available at http://www.mediate.com/articles/perlman.cfm, won the Charles Boskey Essay Contest sponsored by the American Bar Association.
David's bioethics career thus far encompasses an entrepreneurial ethics education enterprise, government service for the State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as Director of its Human Research Ethics Program (2006-2008), work in the pharmaceutical industry as a Senior Education Advisor at GlaxoSmithKline (2003-2006), a research ethics consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (2000-2003), and IRB coordinator at Chestnut Hill Hospital (1999).
David lives in University City, Philadelphia with his wife, pediatric trauma nurse practitioner Kristine Biggie, and their cats.