Dr. Fletcher is Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia and one of the nation's leading medical ethicists. Fletcher helped establish the field of bioethics in the late 1960's and early 1970's. With sociologist Dorothy Wertz he has conducted two international surveys, one in 1985-86 and one in 1995, of medical geneticists and their approaches to ethical problems in screening, counseling and prenatal diagnosis. Books he has authored or coauthored include Coping with Genetic Disorders, Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy: Science, Ethics and the Law, and Ethics Consultation in Health Care. He has published more than 225 articles or book chapters on topics in biomedical ethics and has given Congressional testimony on in vitro fertilization, human genetic engineering, advance directives and fetal tissue transplantation research.
Last Updated: 9/3/09