Spring 2024 DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

The Ethics of Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health Care

Monday March 18, 2024

Event Recording

The Ethics of Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health Care


Speaker Chris Sidey-Gibbons, PhD

Chris Sidey-Gibbons, PhD

Dr. Gibbons is an Associate Professor and Chief of Section of Patient Centered Analytics at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.

The goal of Dr. Gibbon's research is to improve patient outcomes by leveraging data science techniques to make better, more personalized decisions to guide patient care. To progress toward this goal he focuses on two complimentary areas of investigation: patient-centered data and predictive modeling. Recently, his team's research has shown that patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) can be used as a clinical intervention to improve processes and outcomes of care including quality of life, identification of need, and patient survival. They have consistently shown that it is possible to dramatically reduce the length of PROMs without sacrificing assessment accuracy by leveraging computerized adaptive testing (e.g., Harrison and Gibbons, 2022).

Dr. Gibbons maintain links with the University of Cambridge as the Director of Health Assessment and Innovation at the Psychometrics Centre and as the Health Director of the Concerto Platform. He was previously a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)  Fellow based at The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute, and College Research Associate at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He then moved to Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School as a founding Co-Director of the Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value & Experience (PROVE) Center

At MD Anderson, Dr. Gibbons is the founding  Director of the Institute for Data Science in Oncology Fellowship program which seeks to endow post-doctoral and junior medical staff with the skills and critical insight necessary to become leaders in oncologic data science. 

Speaker - Alex John London, PhD

Alex London, PhD

Alex John London is the K&L Gates Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies, Director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and Chief Ethicist at the Block Center for Technology and Society at Carnegie Mellon University. An elected Fellow of the Hastings Center, Professor London’s work focuses on ethical and policy issues surrounding the development and deployment of novel technologies in medicine, biotechnology and artificial intelligence, on methodological issues in theoretical and practical ethics, and on cross-national issues of justice and fairness. His book, For the Common Good: Philosophical Foundations of Research Ethics is available in hard copy from Oxford University Press and as an open access title. His papers have appeared in Mind, The Philosopher’s Imprint, Science, JAMA, The Lancet, The BMJ, PLoS Medicine, Statistics In Medicine, The Hastings Center Report, and numerous other journals and collections. He is also co-editor of Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, one of the most widely used textbooks in medical ethics.

Professor London is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Group on Ethics and Governance of AI whose report “Ethics and governance of artificial intelligence for health” was published in 2021 and he is currently a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine Committee on Creating a Framework for Emerging Science, Technology, and Innovation in Health and Medicine. For more than a decade, Professor London has helped to shape key ethical guidelines for the oversight of research with human participants. He is currently a member of the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB). From 2012-2016 he was a member of the Working Group on the Revision of CIOMS 2002 International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects.  Prior to that he was an expert commentator at three World Medical Association meetings for the revision of the 2013 Declaration of Helsinki.  From 2007-2018 he was a member of the Ethics Working Group of the U.S. HIV Prevention Trials Network where he was part of the group that drafted the HIV Prevention Trials Network Ethics Guidance for Research.  From 2016-2017 he was part of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine Committee on Clinical Trials During the 2014-15 Ebola Outbreak and in 2016 he was appointed to the U.S. Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability. He has served as an ethics expert in consultations with numerous national and international organizations including U.S. National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the World Medical Association, and the World Bank.


Moderator Andrew Spear, PhD

Moderated by Andrew Spear, PhD

Professor Spear is Chair of the Philosophy Department at GVSU. He has research interests in epistemology, social epistemology, and areas of the philosophy of health. Recent publications focus on epistemological aspects of gaslighting, and on political and epistemological implications of the work of Hannah Arendt. He has work in progress on the question of when individuals are owed explanations for judgments made about them. Professor Spear teaches courses covering history of Analytic Philosophy, epistemology (theory of knowledge), and logic, as well as courses focused on knowledge, politics, and social media and on ethics of digital cultures.

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