William Nelson is a health care ethicist with a scholarly and teaching focus on organizational ethics, especially regarding the relation between ethics, quality, and value in the delivery of health care.
He teaches ethics courses in various Dartmouth Institute education programs, including, PH 130 in the on-campus Master’s in Public Health program and PH 222 in the online MPH program. Nelson also teaches an intensive ethics course in the Masters of Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) and The Dartmouth Institute Certificate programs. In addition to teaching at the Institute, Nelson is on the faculty in the Department of Medical Education and the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. At the medical school, he serves as the director of the Ethics and human Values Program that integrates ethics and medical humanities into the four-year curriculum. Previously, he served as the chief of ethics education for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center of Health Care Ethics, which he co-founded.
He has published extensively and is a frequent speaker on organizational ethics topics in the United States and internationally. Nelson is a recipient of many awards and honors, including the U.S. Congressional Excalibur Award for Public Service. In 2004, The Department of Veterans Affairs established the annual, competitive “William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics” for “significant and sustained contributions to the Department through health care ethics…” In 2006 Dr. Nelson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from his alma mater, Elmhurst College.
He received his MDiv from Andover-Newton Theological School and his PhD from Union Graduate School and University
James E. Stahl, M.D., C.M., M.P.H. is Internist, Researcher and Fellowship Director at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. His areas of expertise are in decision science, ethics health technology assessment, and simulation modeling and Mind-Body Medicine.
Dr. Stahl attended medical school at McGill University and completed a joint internal medicine residency between NSUH - Cornell Medical School and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He then completed a National Library of Medicine fellowship in Clinical Decision Making, Informatics and Telemedicine at New England Medical Center - Tufts University School of Medicine. While there, he worked on the clinical decision analysis consult service, developed and helped implement hospital guidelines and decision support tools and helped develop and grow the international telemedicine program. He then went to University of Pittsburgh, where he worked in the area of liver allocation policy and completed his MPH at the Graduate School of Public Health and received the award for best health policy thesis. While at MGH he was a Senior Scientist at the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment and also worked the MGH Benson Henry Mind Body Institute. In 2015, Dr. Stahl joined the faculty of the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine.
His research interests include discrete-event simulation, operations research and systems engineering, decision analysis, meta-analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, utility assessment, game theory, market design, applying industrial design to problem solving in health care, interdisciplinary collaboration, ethics and mind-body medicine.