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Mark Baumgarten and Tyler Clay will join the Clinical Ethics Discussion Group as student leaders, and the Hospital Ethics Committee as student members, in January 2019. Center for Bioethics faculty members Arlene Davis and Eric Juengst are advisors to the student group and Arlene Davis co-chairs the Hospital Ethics Committee.


Mark Baumgarten grew up in a small town in Northeast Ohio. Over the last ten years, he has lived in Charlotte or Chapel Hill, completing his UNC-CH undergraduate degree in 2016. Although Mark ultimately majored in biology, he completed a number of ethics-related courses. During the past 2 years, working as an emergency ambulance responder in Charlotte, he routinely encountered difficult ethical dilemmas that contribute to his current interests. Mark looks forward to his work on the Hospital Ethics Committee as a way to advocate for fair and ethical treatment of all patients. Outside of school, he is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast. In addition to his love of hiking, camping, and running Mark also worked as a professional whitewater rafting guide at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.



Tyler Clay looks forward to his service on the Hospital Ethics Committee as an opportunity to participate in tangible patient advocacy while also learning strategies necessary to provide effective and patient-centered care. He is a life-long North Carolina resident from Concord and a 2016 UNC-CH, studying French Literature and Biology. Following graduation, Tyler spent a year in Limoges, France teaching English in a science and technical high school. Upon his return, he worked as a Nutrition Coach in an integrative primary care and wellness clinic in Charlotte. Tyler continues to pursue his interests in French literature and especially representations of medicine in literature and film.