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Center for Bioethics Faculty

Faculty at the center conduct grant-funded research on bioethics, communication and policy. Areas of focus include supporting patient decision-making and informed consent, precision health (including genetic testing), electronic health information, community engagement, and the opiate epidemic.

Center Director

5055-Schwartz, Peter

Peter H. Schwartz, PhD, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

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Center Investigators

3005-Carroll, Aaron

Aaron E. Carroll, MD

Associate Dean for Research Mentoring

Aaron is the Director for the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research as well as the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research. He writes about health policy and evidence based medicine for the New York Times.

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David Craig

Professor of Religious Studies

David is a religious ethicist specializing in economic, environmental, and health care ethics, with his recent work focusing on the health care reform debate.

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27364-Embi, Peter

Peter J. Embi, MD

President & CEO, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Peter is an internationally recognized research, educator, and leader in the field of clinical and translational research informatics. He serves as President and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, and he holds related leadership roles at Indiana University and the IU Health System.

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4812-Gaffney, Margaret

Margaret M. Gaffney, MD

Associate Professor Emeritus of Clinical Medicine

Meg is a practicing dermatologist and a clinical associate professor emerita, who heads the G504 course in research ethics and leads an elective in bioethics for fourth-year medical students.

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Colin Halverson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Colin Halverson received his PhD in medical and linguistic anthropology from the University of Chicago. He completed fellowships in bioethics at the MacLean Center (University of Chicago) and Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on communication issues in medical genetics, particularly around the issues of informed consent and return of results.

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Jane A. Hartsock

Director of Clinical Ethics for the Academic Health Center, IU Health

Jane works with the Medical Humanities and Health Studies program as both an assistant professor and director of the Graduate Program. She provides subject matter expertise on bioethics and law, specifically on issues of privacy and authorship.

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43107-Kasperbauer, T.J.

T.J. Kasperbauer, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Medicine

T.J. is a Postdoctoral Fellow conducting research on privacy and protection of health data, informed consent, and learning health systems.

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3066-Ott, Mary

Mary A. Ott, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Mary offers guidance on bioethical issues related pediatric health, precision medicine and research with vulnerable populations.

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Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH

Ross is a professor of Health Policy and Management and offers guidance on legal, ethical and policy issues in public health and medicine.

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21349-Tucker Edmonds, Brownsyne

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS

Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs

Brownsyne is a clinician and health services researcher at IU School of Medicine, providing subject matter expertise on health disparities and the justice of healthcare.

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Affiliate Faculty

7148-Brown, Brandon

Brandon P. Brown, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology & Imaging Science

Dr. Brandon Brown is a fetal and pediatric radiologist, focusing his care on imaging for the perinatal period. He completed his undergraduate degree in political philosophy at the University of Dallas in Texas, and completed a joint degree program in medicine and philosophy and Indiana University.

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Amber R. Comer, JD

Assistant Professor of Health Science

Amber Comer, Ph.D., J.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and holds an appointment as an affiliate research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute. Comer researches medical decision making, which a special focus on the role of palliative care in medical decision making for hospitalized patients.

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Rob Katz, JD

Professor of Law

Professor Katz joined the faculty of IU McKinney in fall 2001. He is also an affiliate faculty member at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He teaches courses on the law of nonprofit organizations, healthcare organizations, trusts and estates, First Amendment, and law and religion.

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Rob Katz, JD

Professor of Law

Professor Katz joined the faculty of IU McKinney in fall 2001. He is also an affiliate faculty member at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He teaches courses on the law of nonprofit organizations, healthcare organizations, trusts and estates, First Amendment, and law and religion.

Center Staff

Karen K. Schmidt, MSN, RN, CCRP

Project Manager for Center for Bioethics

Karen is a project manager overseeing the research studies conducted by Center for Bioethics investigators. She manages public deliberation events, longitudinal studies, feasibility and pilot projects, and focus groups.

Tah Yogo, MA

Program Manager

Tah is a program manager and serves as the primary administrative officer for the IU Center for Bioethics. He works directly with the IUCB Director to formulate, organize, and implement programs, activities, and initiatives consistent with the IUCB mission.

Heather Leigh Anderson

Graduate Assistant

Heather supports the center’s educational efforts. She also maintains the IUCB social media presence. She is currently in the Masters of Philosophy Program at IUPUI.

Katie Randall

Graduate Assistant

Katie supports the center's research efforts. She also write blogs for the IUCB. She is currently in the Master of Philosophy program at IUPUI.