Massachusetts Medical Society: Ethics Forum Speaker Bios

Ethics Forum Speaker Bios

2023 Interim Meeting Ethics Forum — Psychedelics: Ethical and Practical Considerations

Monday, November 6, 2023, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET – Virtual Live Webinar

Rebecca W. Brendel, MD, JD

Rebecca W. Brendel, MD, JD

Director, Master’s Degree Program, Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics
Director of Law and Ethics, Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Brendel is director of the Master’s Degree Program at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, of which she is also an associate director. She bases her clinical work in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital where she is the director of Law and Ethics at the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior. She is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Rebecca W. Brendel, M.D., J.D. is the president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association, chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Ethics, Grievances, and Professional Standards, and a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.

Dr. Brendel earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. She completed her psychiatry residency at Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals, a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an ethics faculty fellowship at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. She is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Gregory Barber, MD

Gregory Barber, MD

Psychiatrist specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis

Dr. Barber is a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive training and experience in psychotherapy and psychiatric medications. He primarily practices psychodynamic psychotherapy, an open-ended treatment which gives patients the freedom to explore how early life experiences and relationships affect their mind today. He draws from cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies, and from mindfulness practices.

Dr. Barber graduated with a degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and completed the pre-medical studies program at Georgetown University. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland and stayed in Baltimore to complete my residency training at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program. Aside from his work in private practice, he is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association's national Ethics Committee, where he has authored guidelines on the use of psychedelic psychotherapies in clinical practice. Outside of my private practice, Dr. Barber conducts research in psychedelic psychotherapies. Dr. Barber is currently affiliated with the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, where he remains engaged in continuing education in psychoanalysis.

Mason Marks, MD, JD

Mason Marks, MD, JD

Law Professor, Florida State University College of Law
Senior Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School

Mason Marks, MD, JD is the Florida Bar Health Law Section Professor at the Florida State University College of Law. At Harvard Law School, he is the senior fellow and project lead of the Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation (POPLAR) at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. He is also a visiting fellow at the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School.

Marks analyzes drug policy, data protection law, and FDA regulation. His academic writing has been published in JAMA, Nature Medicine, the Duke Law Journal, Harvard Law Review Forum, and other leading journals of law and medicine. His legal commentary has been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, ABC News, Fox News, Bloomberg News, NPR, and other leading outlets.

Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH

Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Health Law and Policy Clinic, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School

Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Health Law and Policy Clinic at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School (CHLPI).

Ms. Shachar focuses her scholarship on law and health policy, in particular the regulation of access to care for vulnerable individuals, the use of telehealth and digital health products, and the application of public health ethics to real world questions. Her work has been published in leading health and law journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Nature Medicine, and the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, and she has been interviewed by major media outlets, such as BBC News, Politico, CNN, and Slate.

Previously, Ms. Shachar was the Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. During her time at the Petrie-Flom Center, she was responsible for oversight of the Center’s sponsored research portfolio, event programming, fellowships, student engagement, development, and a range of other projects and collaborations. During her tenure, she designed, recruited for, and launched both the Center’s Health Care General Counsel Roundtable and the Center’s Advisory Board. She was also involved heavily with the Center’s Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law, and its Diagnosing in the Home Initiative.

Ms. Shachar was previously a Clinical Instructor on Law at the Health Law and Policy Clinic, where she helped lead CHLPI’s access to care and Affordable Care Act implementation work. Ms. Shachar focused on analyzing and translating health policy issues and opportunities for a broad range of audiences, including many federal and state-level health policy coalitions. Ms. Shachar also practiced health care law at Ropes & Gray, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts.

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