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Center Associate Director and Director of Bioethics
As both associate director of the Ethics Center and director of the Center's work in bioethics, Margaret McLean serves on the Center's Management Committee and helps determine strategy. With her combined background in science and ethics, McLean has become one of the region's top commentators and consultants on the ethical dimension of advances in medicine and biotechnology.
An advisor to the California Senate Select Committee on Genetics from 1999 until 2002, she has written extensively on the ethical implications of genetics and cloning.
In the health care field, McLean oversees the Center's partnership with O'Connor Hospital in San Jose, Seton Medical Center in Daly City, St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and Hospice of the Valley. In that capacity, she consults with health care professionals and patients on the ethics of such issues as end-of-life care and provides presentations to the community. She also serves as director of O'Connor's Applied Ethics Center.
Her research in this area includes the ELIPSE project, which analyzed end-of-life decision making in San Jose's Latino community, the Conserved Patient Study, and ethical preparedness for pandemic flu in conjunction with the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health.
She teaches courses in medical ethics and in science and biotechnology.
McLean holds a doctorate in clinical pathology from the Medical College of Wisconsin and a doctorate in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.