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External Advisory Council

In addition to Program faculty and the Internal Advisory Council, the interdisciplinary and multi-institutional nature of the External Advisory Council is essential given the Program’s vision to achieve more humanistic clinical practice relevant to human health and flourishing by bringing the body of scientific evidence from interdisciplinary scholarly research on the key pathways to human health and flourishing to both a local and global audience of clinicians and clinicians-in-training.

Catherine D. DeAngelis
Robert P. George
Leon R. Kass
Donald W. Landry
Hamilton Moses, III
Calvin Ripken, Jr
Luis Tellez
Tyler J. VanderWeele
Candace Vogler
Arthur Wiser, Jr

Catherine D. DeAngelis is Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Professor Emerita at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine (Pediatrics) and School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management), and Editor-in-Chief Emerita of JAMA (2000-2011), serving as the first woman Editor in Chief. She received her MD from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, her MPH from the Harvard Graduate School of Public Health (Health Services Administration), and her pediatric specialty training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also has been awarded seven honorary doctorate degrees and has received numerous awards for humanitarianism and medical excellence, including the Ronald McDonald Award for Medical Excellence ($100,000 donation made to the Johns Hopkins Child Life Program), the Catcher in the Rye Award for Humanitarianism by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Armstrong, St. Geme, and Howland Awards (Various Pediatric Societies), and a lifetime achievement award by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). 

From 1990-2000 she was Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and from 1994-2000 she was editor of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and also has been a member of numerous journal editorial boards. She has authored or edited 13 books on Pediatrics, Medical Education and Patient Care and Professionalism and has published over 250 peer reviewed articles, chapters, and editorials. Most of her recent publications have focused on professionalism and integrity in medicine, on conflict of interest in medicine, on women in medicine, and on medical education. Her major efforts have centered on human rights especially as they relate to patients, health professionals and the poor. Dr. DeAngelis is a former council member and current member of the National Academy of Medicine (nee IOM); a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) and has served as an officer of numerous national academic societies including past chairman of the American Board of Pediatrics and Chair of the Pediatric Accreditation Council for Residency Review Committee of the American Council on Graduate Medical Education. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, is a member of the Board of Physicians for Human Rights and serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, and the Wake Forest Health Science Center and Hospital.

Robert P. George

is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He has served as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and is the Herbert W. Vaughan Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton. He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics (2002-2009), and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1993-1998). He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

Professor George is author of Making Men Moral:  Civil Liberties and Public Morality, In Defense of Natural Law, The Clash of Orthodoxies, and Conscience and Its Enemies. He is co-author of Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is, Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics, and What is Marriage? He is editor of several volumes, including Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays, The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism, Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality, and Great Cases in Constitutional Law. Professor George’s articles and review essays have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Review of Politics, the Review of Metaphysics, and the American Journal of Jurisprudence.  He has also written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, First Things, the Boston Review, and the Times Literary Supplement.

A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, Professor George also earned a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and holds the degrees of D.Phil., B.C.L., and D.C.L. from Oxford University.  He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Swarthmore and received a Knox Fellowship from Harvard for graduate study in law and philosophy at Oxford.  He holds twenty honorary degrees, including doctorates of law, letters, ethics, science, divinity, humane letters, law and moral values, civil law, and juridical science.

Among his awards are the United States Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement, the Irving Kristol Award of the American Enterprise Institute, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Paul Bator Award of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, a Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association, the Charles Fried Award of the Harvard Law School Federalist Society chapter, and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award in Politics at Princeton. Baylor University has named its recently established program in Washington, DC the Robert P. George Initiative in Faith, Ethics, and Public Policy.

Leon R. Kass is the Madden-Jewett Scholar Emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute, and Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Originally trained in medicine (M.D., Chicago, 1962) and biochemistry (Ph.D., Harvard, 1967), he shifted directions from doing science to thinking about its human meaning, and he has been engaged for nearly 50 years with ethical and philosophical issues raised by biomedical advance, and, more recently, with broader moral and cultural issues. He taught at St. John’s College (Annapolis) and Georgetown University before returning in 1976 to the University of Chicago where he was until 2010 an award-winning teacher deeply involved in undergraduate education and committed to the study of classic texts. With his wife, Amy Kass, he helped found a still-popular core humanities course on “Human Being and Citizen” and a degree-granting major, “Fundamentals: Issues and Texts,” emphasizing big questions and great books. His books include: The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of Our Nature; Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying (with Amy A. Kass); Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics; The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis; What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (with Amy A. Kass and Diana Schaub); and Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times.  Dr. Kass served on the National Council on the Humanities of the National Endowment for the Humanities; in 2009 he delivered the Jefferson Lecture for the NEH. From 2001-2005, he was Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics, which, under his direction, produced seven books on topics ranging from human cloning to biotechnical enhancement to the care of the elderly. In 2003, Leon Kass was one of four inaugural recipients of the Bradley Prize.

Donald W. Landry is the Samuel Bard Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief/New York-Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Landry completed his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Harvard University, M.D. at Columbia University and Residency in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital before joining Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine. His research focuses on drug discovery. He developed the alternative, embryo-sparing approach for the production of human embryonic stem cells based on harvesting live cells from dead embryos. He is inventor or co-inventor on 44 US patents and was elected to the National Academy of Inventors in 2015.  He was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2008 to 2009, and is Co-Chairman, along with Prof. Robert P. George, of the Witherspoon Council on Ethics & the Integrity of Science.  Dr. Landry received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second highest civilian award, in 2009.

Hamilton Moses, III Dr. Moses is a neurologist, management consultant, and author. In 2002 he founded Alerion Advisors, LLC, which serves corporate and foundation boards. Its associated Alerion Institute studies innovation in science, the arts, and the professions. He is also Professor of Neurology (adjunct) at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has advised many corporations, hospitals, foundations and governments as a partner and senior advisor with the international firm, The Boston Consulting Group, where he began the firm’s Science and Technology practice. Previously, he was the chief physician and COO of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, interim chief of psychiatry of the Partners Health Care System and McLean Hospital (Harvard) in Boston, and Professor of Business (strategy) at the Darden School of the University of Virginia. Dr. Moses is the author of 200 scholarly publications, was co-editor of the journal Perspectives In Biology and Medicine, co-edited Osler’s Principles and Practice of Medicine, and co-founded the Johns Hopkins Medical Letter – Health After 50, a popular letter for the public. Dr. Moses has founded two companies, served on many corporate and non-profit boards, and been an officer of several academic societies. He is a past trustee the McLean and Johns Hopkins Hospitals, was a Special Prime Minister's Advisor to the National Health Service (England) and chairman of the Land Trust of Albemarle County Virginia.

Calvin Ripken, Jr.

is baseball’s all-time Iron Man.  He retired from baseball in October, 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.  His name appears in the record books repeatedly, most notably as one of only ten players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits.  On July 29, 2007 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Cal received the 4th highest percentage of votes in history, collecting the second highest vote total ever by the BBWAA.

In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s Major League record for consecutive games played (2,130) and in 1996 he surpassed Japanese great Sachio Kinugasa’s streak of 2,215 straight games and voluntarily ended his streak on September 20, 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games.  Although he began and finished his career at third base, Cal is still best known for redefining the position of shortstop.

Ripken’s name has become synonymous with strength, character, perseverance and integrity. In 1999, Babe Ruth League Inc. changed the name of its largest division (5-12 year-olds) from Bambino to Cal Ripken Baseball.  Presently, over 700,000 youths play Cal Ripken Baseball worldwide.

In this chapter of his life Ripken is using the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game he loves at the grassroots level.  After his playing career ended he started this effort with the construction of a one-of-a-kind baseball complex in his hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland.  The Aberdeen project consists of Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium and The Ripken Experience Aberdeen Powered by Under Armour youth baseball complex.  Leidos Field Ripken Stadium is a minor league ballpark that is home to the Aberdeen IronBirds ( the Class A short-season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Ripken Experience complex hosts ballplayers and teams from across the country for camps and tournaments during the spring, summer and fall.  (

Due to the success of the Aberdeen youth complex as a tournament destination and the desire to grow the game of baseball worldwide, Ripken opened The Ripken Experience complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and The Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with an eye on growth to other parts of the country. 

In December 2015, Ripken was named Special Adviser to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on youth programs and outreach. In this role, Ripken advises the Commissioner and MLB’s Youth Programs Department regarding strategies and initiatives designed to grow the sports of baseball and softball at the amateur and youth levels. A particular focus will be placed on ways to provide access to quality playing opportunities for children in underserved communities and getting kids more energized and engaged with baseball.  

In the fall of 2007, Ripken was named as a Special Public Diplomacy Envoy to the U.S. State Department.  In that role he traveled the globe and uses baseball as a tool to spread goodwill.  In October of 2007, he traveled to China with former teammate B.J. Surhoff in this role and in November of 2008, he visited Nicaragua with former teammate and Nicaraguan native Dennis Martinez.  In November of 2011, he and former teammate Brady Anderson visited Japan and spent time with the children impacted by the great earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of Japan in March of 2011.  

Ripken’s most recent diplomacy trip came in March of 2018 when he visited Prague and surrounding areas in the Czech republic to advance the cause of baseball and help it’s meteoric rise in that country.

Ripken is also a best-selling author and a highly sought after public speaker.  His books have all landed on various best seller lists including The Only Way I Know; Play Baseball The Ripken Way; Parenting Young Athletes The Ripken Way; The Longest Season and Get In The Game: 8 Elements of Perseverance That Make The Difference. In the spring of 2011, he launched a series of youth novels with a baseball theme through Disney Book Group.  The sixth and final book in the series was released in 2016.   

 Ripken has always placed a strong focus on giving back to the community.  In 2001, he and his family established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation ( in memory of the family’s patriarch.  The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, using sports-themed programs to bring police officers, youth partners and underserved kids ages 9 to 14 together on a level playing field to learn invaluable life skills. In addition, the Ripken Foundation’s Youth Development Park Initiative creates clean, safe places for kids to play on multi-purpose, synthetic surface fields that promote healthy living in an outdoor recreational facility. In just six years, the Ripken Foundation has created 75 completed parks across the country in 22 states. In 2016, the Ripken Foundation impacted over 1.4 million kids nationwide through its Youth Development Park and mentor programs.

The many on-field accolades that Cal received during his illustrious playing career include: AL Rookie of the Year (’82), two time AL Most Valuable Player (’83, ’91), two time Gold Glove recipient (’91, ’92), two time All-Star MVP (’91, ’01), a world record 2,632 consecutive games and 19 All-Star Game selections.  In addition, his 2,131st consecutive game was voted by fans as MLB’s “Most memorable Moment” in baseball history and Cal was named to the MLB All-Century Team at shortstop. 

Luis Tellez is President of the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton New Jersey. Raised in the Sonora desert in northern Mexico, he completed his engineering and business degrees at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has devoted thirty years of his life to educational undertakings, enjoys hiking and playing tennis.  

Tyler J. VanderWeele is the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Co-Director of the Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality, faculty affiliate of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and Director of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University in mathematics, philosophy, theology, finance and applied economics, and biostatistics. His research concerns methodology for distinguishing between association and causation in observational studies, and the use of statistical and counterfactual ideas to formalize and advance epidemiologic theory and methods. His empirical research spans psychiatric, perinatal, and social epidemiology; the science of happiness and flourishing; and the study of religion and health, including both religion and population health and the role of religion and spirituality in end-of-life care. He is the recipient of the 2017 COPSS Presidents’ Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies. He has published over two hundred and fifty papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is author of the book Explanation in Causal Inference, published by Oxford University Press.

Candace Vogler is the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago, Professor of Philosophy at the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and Chair of Virtue Theory for the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in England. She has authored two books, John Stuart Mill's Deliberative Landscape: An essay in moral psychology and Reasonably Vicious, and essays in ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy and literature, cinema, psychoanalysis, gender studies, sexuality studies, and other areas.  Her research interests are in practical philosophy (particularly the strand of work in moral philosophy indebted to Elizabeth Anscombe), practical reason, Kant's ethics, Marx, and neo-Aristotelian naturalism.

Arthur Wiser, Jr. is a family medicine physician practicing in rural Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wiser received his MD from the Albany College of Medicine, and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Albany Medical Center and affiliated hospitals. He studied under Dr. Paul McHugh at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2016. Dr. Wiser is an editor at large for Plough Quarterly.

Internal Advisory Council

Paul R. McHugh, M.D., Chair
Michael R. Clark, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D.
Margaret Chisolm, M.D.
Paul Ladenson, M.D.
Susan Lehmann, M.D.
Tim Moran, Ph.D.
Phillip Slavney, M.D.
Glenn Treisman, M.D.

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