Dr. Alexander Levi, a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and chair of the Berman Institute of Bioethics’ national advisory board, and his wife Vicki have made a gift of $15 million to support the education and training of future leaders in the field of bioethics. The gift will establish the Ruth R. Faden Endowment for Education in Bioethics. Dr. Faden, professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s department of policy and management, is the Berman Institute’s founding director.
Established in 1995, the Berman Institute now consists of more than 35 faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Faculty work collaboratively across the Institute’s program areas.
Dr. Levi, a clinical psychologist based in New York, is a longtime supporter of the Berman Institute and has previously supported post-doctoral bioethicists through the Hecht-Levi Fellowship Program.
The endowment will provide ongoing permanent support to fully fund the Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, offer tuition support for students in the Berman Institute’s Master of Bioethics program, research and conference travel support for students in the doctoral track in health policy and ethics, and support leadership and training for selected highly qualified fellows and students through the Ruth Faden Scholars Program. Ruth Faden Scholars will receive leadership development training and other opportunities over the course of their participation in the program.
“This remarkable gift, one of the largest ever made to any bioethics program, will both enable the Berman Institute to attract and support the most promising students and fellows in the United States and from around the world and honor our founding director, Ruth Faden,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. “The Levi family’s generosity will dramatically expand our capacity to prepare leaders who will take on the most pressing and morally challenging bioethics issues of the day, and who will work to effect change when and where it is most needed.”