Past John & Marsha Ryan Bioethicist- in- Residence
2011 Ryan Bioethicist
Harry R. (Rick) Moody, Ph.D.
Bioethics Meets Politics:
What Can We Learn from the Battle for Healthcare Reform?
March 31, 2010
“ Death Panels?” “ Rationing” health care? Damaging Medicare?
How do we find the truth when the public has become so confused?
How can bioethics contribute to more enlighted discourse about just health care in an aging society?
Harry R. Moody is currently Director of Academic Affairs for AARP.
Dr. Moody is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a number of books including: Abundance of Life: Human Development
Policies for an Aging Society (Columbia University Press, 1988); Ethics in an Aging Society (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992); and Aging: Concepts and Controversies, a gerontology textbook now in its 3rd edition. His most recent book, The Five Stages of the Soul, was published by Doubleday Anchor Books (1997).
A graduate of Yale (1967) and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University (1973), Dr. Moody taught philosophy at Columbia, Hunter College, New York University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. From 1999
to 2001 he served as National Program Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Faith in Action and, from 1992 to 1999, was Executive Director of the Brookdale Center at Hunter College. Before coming to Hunter, he served as Administrator of Continuing Education Programs for the Citicorp Foundation and later as Co-Director of the National Aging Policy Center of the National Council on Aging in Washington, DC. Moody is known nationally for his work in older adult education and recently stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Elderhostel. He has also been active in the field of biomedical ethics and holds appointment as an Adjunct Associate of the Hastings Center.