Education

Degree University
B.A. Elms College
MTS Boston College
Ph.D. Duquesne University

Biography

Dr. Peter DePergola is Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Elms College, Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, Director of Clinical Ethics at Baystate Health.

In addition to his system-wide clinical, research, organizational, and academic responsibilities at Baystate Health, he serves as Director of the Ethics Consultation Service, Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee, Co-Chair of the Financial Conflict of Interest in Research and Scholarly Activities Committee, and Ethicist-in-Residence to the Institutional Review Boards, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and Organ Donation and Allocation Committee. In July 2013, Dr. DePergola became the first full-time bioethicist in the 140-year history of Baystate Health, where he has since developed innovative policy related to public health pandemics, resource scarcity, and end-of-life care.

Dr. DePergola holds secondary appointments as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine; Lecturer in Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University; Research Scientist in Neuroethics at the American Academy of Neurology; and Research Scholar in Bioethics at TEDMED. A professional member of several national and international academic societies and associations, he earned his B.A. degree (summa cum laude) in philosophy and religious studies at Elms College, his M.T.S. degree (magna cum laude) in ethics at Boston College, and his Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) in healthcare ethics at Duquesne University. Dr. DePergola completed his residency in neuroethics at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, his fellowship in neuropsychiatric ethics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and his advanced training in neurothanatological ethics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. DePergola is an appointed Bureau Expert of the International Neuroethics Society, an associate editor and manuscript referee for multiple scholarly journals and academic presses, and the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications that span the fields of philosophy, theology, business, law, medicine, bioethics, and medical humanities. His recent book, Forget Me Not: The Neuroethical Case Against Memory Manipulation (Vernon Press, 2018), has been critically acclaimed as a landmark achievement in the field of neuroethics, and was the #1 New Release in Medical Ethics on Amazon.com at the time of its publication.

Dr. DePergola consults as an expert medical witness on bioethical issues for the Public Defender Agency of Massachusetts and serves as an expert bioethics consultant on neuroethical issues for the United States Department of Defense. The recipient of numerous awards for academic scholarship and healthcare leadership, his current research explores the theoretical and empirical metaphysics of hope, particularly as it relates to the neuroethics of moral virtue and end-of-life decision making.