Outside of my home institutions, I serve on editorial boards for the Annals of Medicine and the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, as well as on multiple Data Safety and Monitoring Boards for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). I also served as Chair of the Philosophy Affinity Group for the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities from 2011-2020 and as Ethics Advisor to the Baby Friendly USA NICU Task Force.
I was fortunate to write my PhD dissertation, The Normative Foundations of Civil Marriage, under the supervision of a truly outstanding dissertation committee which included George Sher, H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Alastair Norcross, and Rachel Zuckert.
I also benefited from a great group of grad student friends with whom many an evening was spent at the legendary Valhalla grad student pub on the Rice University campus.
I am happily married to another professional philosopher & bioethicist, Leslie Ann McNolty. We spend most of our time outside the office and classroom raising four delightful but exhaustion-inducing children.
Our family lives a short drive north of downtown Kansas City near the quintessential Midwestern town of Parkville, Missouri.
With the little time I have left over, I love to read, play sports & board games, and travel.
Recent excursions have included Norway, Scotland, India, Amsterdam (thrice), Puerto Vallarta (thrice), Colorado (twice), Chicago (thrice), Miami (twice), Houston, Seattle, and Washington DC (too many to count).
Bravely or foolishly, I also take an annual summer roadtrip with just my four kids and I to different parts of the United States.