Ethics Fellows

PhD students in the CUNY Philosophy Program are eligible to serve as Ethics Fellows at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS).  To qualify for a Fellowship, these graduate students complete one or more of the bioethics courses offered on the ISMMS campus, and they typically have some teaching experience.  As Ethics Fellows, they receive training and mentorship in bioethics and bioethics education.  Their responsibilities involve co-leading ethics session for the ISMMS medical students and serving as faculty for the medical students’ ethics competency assessment exercises.

Ryan Felder is a doctoral student in the Philosophy Department at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Previously, he studied philosophy earning a B.A. from Rutgers University and M.A. from Binghamton University. His bioethics research primarily concerns questions about informed consent in medical research and the implications of genetic engineering technologies; he is also engaged in research in theoretical and conceptual issues in ethics. Ryan currently teaches philosophy at Lehman College, City University of New York. He has been an Ethics Fellow at the Icahn School since 2017. Learn more about Ryan's work here.

Kyle Ferguson is a doctoral student in philosophy and cognitive science at the CUNY Graduate Center. He also teaches philosophy at Hunter College and Baruch College, CUNY. Previously, he studied philosophy at Augustana College and Trinity College, Oxford. Most of his research centers on philosophical problems about the mind, its expression in behavior, and the asymmetries of first- and third-person relations to mental phenomena. His research in bioethics explores the idea of an autonomous medical ethic, one shaped by the unique social roles of the medical profession, and what this means for the methods and goals of medical ethics education. He is also researching cases of conflict between a physician's professional obligations and the demands of his or her conscience or private moral judgments, and how the medical profession should respond to such cases.

Katherine Mendis is a PhD candidate in the philosophy program at the City University of New York Graduate Center with particular interests in decisional capacity, moral psychology, and disability.  A former intern with the National Center for Ethics in Healthcare at the VA Hospital in New York City, Katherine also teaches bioethics at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine.