Glenn McGee

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Glenn McGee.
Glenn Edwards McGee
Residence New Haven, Connecticut
Nationality American
Occupation Author, philosopher, professor
Spouse(s) Summer J. McGee

Glenn Edwards McGee is a professor of management at the University of New Haven, who focuses on health policy.[1] He has been noted for his work on reproductive technology and genetics and for advancing a theory of pragmatic bioethics, as well as the role of ethicists in society and in local and state settings in particular.[2][3][4][5]

Life and career[edit]

McGee was raised by adoptive parents on the faculty of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Human Genome Project.[3]

From 1995 to 2005, McGee was an assistant professor and associate director for education at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, where he held joint appointments in philosophy, history and sociology of science, cellular and molecular engineering, and was a Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. In 1999, he founded and became the first editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Bioethics, the highest impact journal in the categories of "History & Philosophy of Science", "Ethics", "Social Issues" and "Biomedical Social Issues" (according to the Journal Citation Reports).[6]

In 2005, he moved to Union University in Albany, New York, as the John Balint, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and became director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College which had been founded in 1993 as the Center for Medical Ethics Education and Research by Balint. Three years later, after a legal case arising from the University's attempts to demote him as director and remove his endowed chair, he left the university.[7][8][9]

He was appointed to the John B. Francis chair in bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, succeeding John D. Lantos, inaugural holder of the chair.[10] McGee is a member of the Honorary International Editorial Advisory Board of the Mens Sana Monographs.[11]

On February 13, 2012, it was announced that McGee had accepted a position as President of the Ethics Research Division at Celltex Therapeutics Corporation, a Houston, Texas, stem cell bank.[12] He came under fire for this move over a perception that there might be a conflict of interest between his editorial duties and his new position,[13][14] and he subsequently resigned from Celltex on February 28, 2012.[15]

He joined the faculty of the Department of Management in the University of New Haven business school in 2014, where he teaches but public health and health law.[16]


McGee has authored many scholarly articles, essays, reviews, three books, and edited a number of books both personally and as senior editor of [The MIT Press] Basic Bioethics book series, which he founded with Arthur Caplan.[17] His proposal for a California cloning policy was reprinted in Great American Speeches, and a number of his articles have been reprinted in textbooks in bioethics, medical and other scientific fields. From 2005 to 2007, he wrote a monthly column for The Scientist, and during the same time a column for the Albany Times-Union. Prior to that, he co-wrote a column on bioethics for[18]



  1. ^ University of New Haven : McGee, Glenn, retrieved 2014-08-11 
  2. ^ McGee, Glenn (1997), "Parenting in an Era of Genetics", Hastings Center Report 27, retrieved 2008-07-07 
  3. ^ a b Patel, Roxanne (July 2003), "The Born Identity: Penn's Glenn McGee, one of the best-known bioethicists in the world, tries to make sense of the most controversial issues of our day. But when he discovered the truth about his own genes, he faced the hardest question of all.", Philadelphia Magazine, retrieved 2008-07-07 
  4. ^ Eils, Lotozo (October 21, 2003), "Penn bioethicist sees a wild frontier", Philadelphia Inquirer, retrieved 2008-07-07 
  5. ^ McGee, Glenn (1998), "Ethical issues in egg and embryo donation", Sauer, ed., Principles of oocyte and embryo donation (Springer), ISBN 978-0-387-94960-4, retrieved 2008-07-07 
  6. ^ "Taylor & Francis Journals: Welcome". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  7. ^ Crowley, Cathleen (June 20, 2008), "Bioethics expert in dispute with Albany Med.: Glenn McGee files complaint in court saying college is not honoring severance package", Albany Times Union, retrieved 2008-06-24 
  8. ^ Borrell, Brendan (June 16, 2008), "An Unethical Ethicist? Was questionable behavior behind the abrupt departure of Alden March Bioethics Institute's chief?", Scientific American 
  9. ^ Borrell, Brendan (July 7, 2008), "Alden March Bioethics Institute Picks Up the Pieces: Embattled bioethicist sues Albany Medical College over severance package", Scientific American 
  10. ^ New home for McGee, Albany Times-Union, December 13, 2009, retrieved 2010-01-02 
  11. ^ "Mens Sana Monographs: About us". 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  12. ^ "Celltex Announces Glenn McGee, PhD as President of Ethics and Strategic Initiatives – HOUSTON, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/". Texas: Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  13. ^ Cyranoski, David (21 February 2012), "Editor’s move sparks backlash: Bioethicists are forced to consider their purpose as leading practitioner joins controversial stem-cell company", Nature 482 (7386), doi:10.1038/482449a .
  14. ^ Benderly, Beryl. "Who Watches the Watchers?". Science Careers Blog. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  15. ^ Cyranoski, David. "Nature News Blog: Controversial bioethicist quits stem-cell company". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  16. ^ University of New Haven : McGee, Glenn : Academic Credentials Subtab, retrieved 2014-08-11 
  17. ^ "Basic Bioethics". The MIT Press. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  18. ^ McGee, Glenn. "Article Topics: Bioethics on MSNBC". Retrieved 2012-02-17.