Glenn McGee
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Glenn McGee

Glenn E. McGee (1967- ) 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

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 of Health Economics. In 1999, he founded and became the first editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Bioethics. 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.[6][7][8] In 2009 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.[9] He is presently a professor of healthcare administration on the faculty of the Department of Health Administration and Policy in the University of New Haven School of Health Sciences in 2014, where he teaches public health and health law.[10]


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.[11] 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[12]


  • Beyond Genetics ISBN 0-06-000801-6
  • Bioethics for Beginners ISBN 978-0-470-65911-3
  • The Human Cloning Debate ISBN 1-893163-69-5
  • The Perfect Baby ISBN 0-8476-9759-2
  • Pragmatic Bioethics ISBN 0-262-63272-1
  • Pragmatism and Human Genetic Engineering ISBN 1-58112-020-6
  • Who Owns Life ISBN 1-57392-986-7


  1. ^ University of New Haven : McGee, Glenn, retrieved
  2. ^ McGee, Glenn (1997), "Parenting in an Era of Genetics", Hastings Center Report, 27, retrieved
  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
  4. ^ Eils, Lotozo (October 21, 2003), "Penn bioethicist sees a wild frontier", Philadelphia Inquirer, retrieved
  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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Borrell, Brendan (June 16, 2008), "An Unethical Ethicist? Was questionable behavior behind the abrupt departure of Alden March Bioethics Institute's chief?", Scientific American
  8. ^ Borrell, Brendan (July 7, 2008), "Alden March Bioethics Institute Picks Up the Pieces: Embattled bioethicist sues Albany Medical College over severance package", Scientific American
  9. ^ New home for McGee, Albany Times-Union, December 13, 2009, retrieved
  10. ^ University of New Haven : McGee, Glenn : Academic Credentials Subtab, retrieved
  11. ^ "Basic Bioethics". The MIT Press. Retrieved .
  12. ^ McGee, Glenn. "Article Topics: Bioethics on MSNBC". Retrieved .

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