A WILLIAM MORROW AUTHOR
Glenn E. McGee, Ph.D. has written about bioethics for two decades. Creator of the leading journal in the field, The American Journal of Bioethics, and its editor-in-chief from 1999-2012, he has held two endowed chairs and faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Union University, and University of New Haven. He has authored more than 200 articles for medical, legal, business and scientific journals, such as Science, Nature Medicine, and JAMA. His best-known articles have been in the areas of compensation of research subjects, models for parenting and enhancement, a pragmatic theory of bioethics, the patenting and sale of biological materials, ethical issues in tissue and gene banks, and ethical issues in stem cell research. His books include Who Owns Life?, Pragmatic Bioethics, The Human Cloning Debate, The Perfect Baby, New York Times bestseller Beyond Genetics (William Morrow/HarperCollins), and most recently Bioethics for Beginners (2012).
Glenn received his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University and his B.A. at Baylor University, who named him Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2000 and one of its "top 150 graduates of all time" in 2008.
Dr. McGee has been quoted about his research, which focuses on the family, genetics and reproduction, in most newspapers, and he has been a guest on most U.S. national television and radio news programs, such as Today, Fresh Air, Oprah, Nightline, and ABC World News Tonight, and has co-authored with a number of clinical and scientific luminaries such as Dr. Ruth, Stanley Greenspan, and Ian Wilmut. He has been a commentator for MSNBC News, for whom he authored a column from 2000-2003, and he has authored a monthly column from 2005-2007 for The Scientist, the most widely read magazine for scientists, as well as a syndicated column from 2005-2007 in the Albany, New York Times-Union.
Dr. McGee has testified before the House and Senate and multiple committees of a number of states in the U.S. He has taught bioethics to incoming members of the U.S. Congress and taught workshops on bioethics for the Association of Chief Justices of the US Courts of Appeals. He served on the FDA Panel on Molecular and Genetic Devices and received a commendation for excellent service from the FDA in 2008. He was the American external evaluator of all genetics and policy programs for the United Kingdom's Economic and Social Research Council in 2007. In 2006 Dr. McGee organized "Bioethics and Politics," the first national conference to bring together conservative and liberal thinkers in biomedical ethics, hailed as "the most important bioethics conference in 25 years" by the then ASBH President. He has been elected to the boards of directors of several foundations and organizations including Planned Parenthood.
McGee's innovation in teaching and outreach in bioethics education is is widely recognized. The concentration in bioethics he started at Penn was hailed by the New York Times and by Harvard University Project Zero, specifically for his creating an undergraduate class in which students must submit fully articulate proposed legislation in bioethics to their home state government in order to receive an "A." In a joint effort led by Dr. McGee with Apple and Google, in 2006 he developed a successful online graduate program in bioethics using technologies such as Apple's iTunes University and bioethics.net, the first bioethics website (which he founded in 1994). Glenn has three sons, Ethan, Austin and Aidan.