Jake Burkard is a graduate student pursuing an M.S. in Bioethics at Columbia University. Before moving to New York to study bioethics, he worked as a high school teacher in Milwaukee, WI, where he taught Chemistry and Algebra. He holds a B.S. with majors in Biochemistry and Psychology and a minor in the Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Leadership with a specialization in Secondary Education from Marquette University. Jake’s academic focus is on ethics, law, and policy relating to neurological surgery and neuroscience. Specifically, he is interested in the broader consequences of psychiatric definitions of disorder (e.g., the conceptual basis of addiction); the application of group data in medicine to law, ethics, and society; and research on decision-making capacity following neurotrauma, neurodegenerative diseases, and neurocritical care. Jake is also interested in ethical discussions around health care reform, the concept of medical futility, and other topics that pertain to end-of-life care.