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Peter A. DePergola II, Ph.D., MTS
Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities
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Degree University
B.A. College of Our Lady of the Elms
MTS Boston College
Ph.D. Duquesne University


Residency, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Fellowship, Tufts University School of Medicine
Advanced Training, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Peter DePergola is Founder and President of V.I.P. Bioethics, Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, and Director of Clinical Ethics at Baystate Health. He holds secondary appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine, Sacred Heart University, and the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. DePergola earned his B.A. degree (summa cum laude) in philosophy and religious studies at Elms College, his MTS 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, a manuscript referee for multiple scholarly journals and academic presses, and the author of numerous publications in the fields of philosophy, theology, 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.

Dr. DePergola’s current research explores the neurophilosophical and neurotheological relationships shared between episodic memory, emotional rationality, and narrative identity in light of contemporary capacities in cognitive manipulation, particularly as it relates to ethical decision making and to the metaphysics of hope.