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Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program Faculty

Ira Bedzow, Ph.D.


Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., is associate professor of medicine in the School of Medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics & Humanities Program at New York Medical College (NYMC), where he is in charge of the direction, oversight, and management of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program in the School of Medicine (SOM), including the biomedical ethics courses in the pre-clinical medical curriculum and ethics courses offered as fourth-year electives. In addition, Dr. Bedzow is responsible for guiding the direction and further development of the Area of Concentration Program in the SOM, which consists of concentrations in Medical Education, Global and Population Health, Ethics, Research and Patient Safety, in addition to his responsibilities of conducting independent research and scholarly activities in biomedical ethics, medical humanities and medical education. He also chairs the Professionalism and Integrity Committee at NYMC, whose mandate is to work with faculty and students to maintain a culture of professionalism and integrity at the school.  Dr. Bedzow is the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at New York Medical College which is part of an International Network of Institutes for Medical Ethics Training.

Bedzow received his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, an M.A. in Jewish studies from Touro College, an M.A. in humanities from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political science from Princeton University. He is also an ordained Orthodox rabbi (yoreh yoreh and yadin yadin). Read full Biography.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE - Biomedical Ethics, Jewish Studies, Political Economy

Adam S. Herbst, Esq.

Adam S. Herbst, Esq. 

Adam S. Herbst, Esq., is senior vice president, chief legal, compliance, planning, and government relations officer for Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York. In this role, Mr. Herbst has legal and compliance oversight for the hospital and is responsible for developing corporate planning strategies and administering government relations. In addition, he oversees human resources, advocacy and community relations.

Mr. Herbst has devoted his career specializing at the intersection of where health care law meets with communications, technology and employment issues. He has extensive experience structuring agreements while advising on risk mitigation and offering solutions on operations, board governance and regulatory matters.

Mr. Herbst has worked on issues related to housing, education, public health, economic development and has trial experience in both federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations throughout the country. He is a frequent speaker on health care access and is an adjunct law professor focusing on health policy and advocacy. 

Mr. Herbst received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Albany Law School, a Master in Business Administration from Union College and his bachelor of arts cum laude from American University. 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE - Bioethics, Public Health and Policy, and Health Law

Stacy Gallin, D.M.H.

Stacy Gallin 

Stacy Gallin, D.M.H., is the founder and director of the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust and the co-chair of the Department of Bioethics and the Holocaust of the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics (Haifa). She earned her doctoral degree in medical humanities from Drew University in 2012, and subsequently taught courses on bioethics and the Holocaust and human subject research ethics. She works closely with several national and internationally recognized organizations to raise awareness regarding the relevance of medicine, ethics and the Holocaust for modern medical practice, health care policy and human rights endeavors.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE– Bioethics and the Holocaust, Medical Humanities


Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, M.D.

Aaron Glatt  

Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, M.D., is the chair of the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau. He also serves as the chief of infectious diseases and the hospital’s epidemiologist, and is in charge of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Designated Center of Excellence in Antimicrobial Stewardship at Mount Sinai South Nassau. Previously, he held senior academic and administrative positions, including president and chief executive officer and chief medical officer, at other major institutions.

Rabbi Glatt is board certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine. He completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and served as chief resident in internal medicine at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center. Considered an expert in infectious diseases, and a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America, he has authored several books and journal articles that have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases, the Journal of the American Medical Association and other major publications. Rabbi Glatt is also the Assistant Rabbi at the Young Israel of Woodmere.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE – Clinical Ethics, Jewish Medical Ethics

Joan Foley, Esq.

Joan Foley 

Joan Foley is the Kermit Gitenstein Distinguished Professor of Health Law and Policy and Professor of Legal Process at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Professor Foley received her legal education at the New York University School of Law, graduating in 1995. After law school, she joined the firm of Gordon Thomas Honeywell, LLP. From 2000 through 2006, Professor Foley was a partner of that firm in Seattle, Washington. Her practice focused on health law, complex litigation, appellate litigation and environmental litigation. Professor Foley represented clients in a wide range of cases, including reimbursement litigation, product liability, personal injury, defense litigation, utilities law, and class actions.

Professor Foley is board member of the Federal Bar Association – Eastern District of New York Chapter Board. She is as an executive committee member of the Association of American Law Schools - Aging and the Law Section. Professor Foley is a steering committee member of the Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Project.

Professor Foley's distinctions include being recognized in Law & Politics Magazine as a "Rising Star of Washington Law" and being named a chapter member of the year by Washington Women Lawyers.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE - Health Law & Policy, Medical Malpractice

Rabbi David Shabtai, M.D.

David Shabtai 

Rabbi David Shabtai, M.D., serves as the rabbi of the Sephardic Minyan of the Boca Raton Synagogue. Rabbi Shabtai received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, affiliate of Yeshiva University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He has a particular interest in medical halakhah and Jewish bioethics and has authored, Defining the Moment: Understanding Brain Death in Halakhah and writes and lectures on a wide range of medical and scientific ethical issues.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE - Jewish Medical Ethics, Clinical Ethics


John Loike, Ph.D.

John Loike 

John Loike, Ph.D., professor of biology at Touro’s Lander College of Arts & Sciences, joined Touro in the Fall of 2017 after serving as the co-director for graduate studies in the Department of Physiology Cellular Biophysics and director of special programs in the Center for Bioethics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

His biomedical research focuses on how human white blood cells combat infections and cancer. Dr. Loike lectures internationally on emerging topics in bioethics, organizes international conferences and has over 150 papers and abstracts published in the areas of immunology, cancer and bioethics.

He has published many groundbreaking articles on bioethics and specifically deals with bioethics from a Jewish perspective. Dr. Loike has a Ph.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE - Bioethics, Jewish medical ethics

Angela Rossetti, M.B.E., M.B.A.

Angela Rossetti 

Angela Rossetti is a biopharmaceutical executive with strong interest and credentials in bioethics. She has a broad range of experience within the industry, including commercialization, marketing, finance and corporate governance. She holds a master’s degree in bioethics from a joint program at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Ms. Rossetti has been an active marketer, entrepreneur and corporate executive focusing on women’s health, rare diseases, cardiovascular health and many other conditions.  She served as executive vice president at Cell Machines, a start up in hemophilia therapy, as vice president at Pfizer in global commercial development for Chantix, and as assistant vice president and global business manager at Wyeth for rare disease therapy. She also recently completed a consulting assignment at Celgene, prior to its acquisition by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY), to advise on marketing and distribution of a rare disease biologic in the low-middle income markets of North Africa, the Middle East and central and southeast Asia.

She is a charter member of Eli Lilly-initiated Biopharmaceutical Industry Bioethics Forum, and has spoken at many pharmaceutical industry and patient advocacy forums. Ms. Rossetti has taught pharmaceutical ethics and medical ethics as an adjunct assistant professor at New York Medical College. She is also a guest lecturer at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and teaches secular medical ethics as part of the summer intern program of the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York.

In addition to her bioethics credentials, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and English from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE - Bioethics, Pharmaceutical ethics

Eric Wachs, D.M.D.

Eric Wachs  

Dr. Eric A. Wachs was appointed Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, at TCDM in 2016. He previously served as Clinical Instructor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine since 1989, Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at New York Medical College since 2012 and was a Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at NYU School of Medicine from 2012 to 2014. Dr. Wachs has been involved in the education and training of General Dental and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents throughout his career at Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility, and New York Medical College. Dr. Wachs has held numerous committee memberships and leadership positions at several of the institutions and organizations that he has belonged to throughout his career.

Dr. Wachs is affiliated with Phelps Hospital Northwell Health, Montefiore Medical Center and Riverside Health System, and has practiced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at offices in Tarrytown, Yonkers and the Bronx since 1989.  He is licensed in New York since 1986, and certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons since 1991.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE – Dental Ethics, Clinical Ethics, Inter-professional Ethics