Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Announcement

Saturday, February 25, 2017; 11:00 a.m. – Noon

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Brian Williams, M.D., FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics is pleased to announce that Brian Williams, M.D., FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will give the Keynote Address at the 26th Annual APPE International Conference on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – noon at the Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas, Texas.


Dr. Brian Williams is a trauma/critical care surgeon at Parkland Memorial Hospital and treated some of the Dallas police officers who were shot on July 7, 2016, in Dallas. Dr. Williams received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and completed his residency in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He completed his training with a fellowship in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at Grady Memorial Hospital, a teaching hospital of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.



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2016 – Annual Conference – Keynote

The Honorable T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH

Vice Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board


T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, took the oath of office as the 42nd Member of the National Transportation Safety Board in March 2015, whereupon President Barack Obama designated her as Vice Chairman of the Board for a two-year term.

Vice Chairman Dinh-Zarr trained as a public health scientist, specializing in injury prevention, and has dedicated her career to working to ensure that transportation safety is a policy priority, domestically and internationally. She previously served as the U.S. Director and Road Safety Director of the FIA Foundation, an international philanthropy with the mission of promoting safe and sustainable surface transportation. In that role, she was active in promoting the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety and in advocating for transportation safety and injury prevention targets in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Dinh-Zarr is proud to have helped initiate collaborative projects to improve road safety, especially for vulnerable populations such as children and pedestrians, in developing countries in the regions of Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.

Previously, Dr. Dinh-Zarr has held positions at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. Guide to Community Preventive Services), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the American Automobile Association, and the Texas Transportation Institute. She was a Presidential Appointee to the White House Conference on Aging in 2005 and has championed dignified and safe mobility for older populations through community-based services and technological solutions.

Born in Vietnam, Dr. Dinh-Zarr is the first Asian American Board Member and Vice Chairman of the NTSB. She is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas, during which time she studied at La Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile. She has Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD degrees from the University of Texas School of Public Health. During graduate school, she completed a fellowship program on alcohol-related injuries with the Cochrane Collaboration and University College London and conducted one of the first systematic reviews on injury prevention in the United States and the first systematic review on seat belt laws and enforcement. Dr. Dinh-Zarr has served as the Chair of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services for the American Public Health Association, the UN NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, and the Transportation Research Board’s Global Road Safety Subcommittee.


2015 – Annual Conference – Keynote

Stephen M. Gardiner, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment, University of Washington, Seattle


Stephen M. Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. His main areas of interest are ethical theory, political philosophy and environmental ethics. His research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics.

Steve is the author of A Perfect Moral Storm: the Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change (Oxford, 2011), the coordinating co-editor of Climate Ethics: Essential Readings (Oxford, 2010), and the editor of Virtue Ethics: Old and New (Cornell, 2005). His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, and Philosophy and Public Affairs.


2014 – Annual Conference – Keynote Address

Robert F. Chauvin

President of SimplexGrinnell, a division of Tyco International

“The Business Ethics Challenge”

Bob_Chauvin.jpg Bob Chauvin was appointed President of Tyco SimplexGrinnell in October 2010. As president, he is the chief executive for an industry-leading $2.5 billion business with 11,000 employees in the United States and Canada. He is responsible SimplexGrinnell’s operations in the United States and for the newly combined Tyco Integrated Fire & Security business in Canada.


2013 – Twenty-second Annual Meeting

The keynote speaker for the Twenty-second Annual Meeting was Dr. Otis Webb Brawley.  Please, follow this link for more information about Dr. Brawley and the sucess of the Twenty-second Annual Meeting, which was held in San Antonio, Texas on February 28 – March 3, 2013.

Otis Webb Brawley, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for the American Cancer Society

OtisBrawley.jpg Dr. Brawley is the author of the passionate and searing new book: How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America published by St. Martin’s Press (2012).