Speaker Bios

MarKay Riippa

Markay Riippa, D. Bioethics, MA, BSN, RN, CNML, HEC-C (MODERATOR)
Clinical Services Manager, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, The Lacks Cancer Center 

MarKay Riippa is the Clinical Services Manager for Oncology at The Lacks Cancer Center of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   Much of her thirty-four-year nursing career has been spent in oncology and critical care.  In 2014, she completed the ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Consortium) Train the Trainer Session.  She also completed the Advance Care Planning certification program.  In November 2018, MarKay achieved certification as a Healthcare Ethics Consultant (HEC-C), is the co-facilitator of the ethics committee, and serves as a clinical ethics consultant. MarKay received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Detroit Mercy.  In 2017, she received her MA in Bioethics and Health Policy, and in May 2020, received her Doctorate in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago (LUC). 


Bernard Lo, MD

Bernard Lo, MD 
President of the Greenwall Foundation in New York, NY 

Bernard Lo, MD is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Director Emeritus of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and President Emeritus of the Greenwall Foundation. A member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), Dr. Lo has chaired National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine  (NASEM) committees on Sharing Clinical Trial Data (2015) and Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice (2009) and currently co-chairs the committee on Neural Cell Transplantation, Chimeras and Organoids. Dr. Lo serves on the California COVID-19 Vaccine Drafting Guidelines Workgroup. He chairs the external advisory board of the Multiregional Clinical Trials Network and serves on the Medical Advisory Panel of Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the Ethics Advisory Council for Takeda Pharmaceuticals.   During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Lo has written articles on addressing vaccine hesitancy among persons of color and on the allocation of ventilators, inpatient medications, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He is the author of Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: A Guide for Clinicians (6th ed., 2019). He continues to care for a panel of primary care internal medicine patients at UCSF. 

Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D.

Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD, M.Bioethics 
John M. Eisenberg, M.D. Professor in Medicine 
Department: Medicine 
Perelman School of Medicine 

Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D. is the John M. Eisenberg Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, and a practicing intensive care doctor. He is the founding Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center, which generates evidence to advance policies and practices that improve the lives of all people affected by serious illness. His awards include the American Federation for Medical Research’s Outstanding Investigator Award for the best scientist in any field under the age of 45, the Association of Clinical and Translational Science’s Distinguished Investigator Award, and the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Annals of Internal Medicine and the American Journal of Bioethics.  

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