Dr. Peter DePergola is the Shaughness Family Chair in Humanities, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Director of the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Program, and Executive Director of the St. Augustine Center for Ethics, Religion, and Culture at Elms College. He serves concurrently as Chief Ethics Officer, Senior Director of Clinical Ethics, Chief of the Ethics Consultation Service, and Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Baystate Health. Dr. DePergola holds secondary academic and research appointments at University of Massachusetts Medical School, Sacred Heart University, the American Academy of Neurology, and TEDMED.
In addition to Dr. DePergola’s system-wide clinical, research, organizational, and academic responsibilities at Baystate Health, he serves as 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, nationally-recognized policy related to public health pandemics, resource scarcity, and end-of-life care.
A professional member of several international academic societies and associations, Dr. DePergola 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. He 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 first 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 various 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.