D. Joy Riley, M.D., M.A., is board-certified in internal medicine, and holds a master's degree in bioethics. After medical school at the University of Kentucky, and residency at the Jewish Hospital of Saint Louis, Washington University, she did research in cholesterol metabolism, publishing in PNAS and Biochemistry. Post-residency training included both emergency medicine and geriatrics. Family issues necessitated a hiatus from medicine for several years.
Dr. Riley returned to the classroom to study bioethics, and has expertise in the international stem cell research and cloning debate in addition to her interest and experience in medical ethics. She is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Center for Bioethics and Culture, a non-profit educational corporation, and in addition, is a member of two hospital ethics committees in the Nashville area. Dr. Riley has presented invited bioethics lectures at Vanderbilt University; Drexel University; St. Francis Hospital System (Memphis, TN); the Belarussian State Medical University, Minsk, Belarus; Mogilev, Belarus; and in Riga, Latvia; as well as community lectures in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.