Center for Bioethics

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Center Director

Peter H. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Peter H. Schwartz, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Center Investigators

David Craig

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.
Peter J. Embi

Peter J. Embi

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.
Margaret (Meg) Gaffney, MD

Margaret (Meg) 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.
Jane Hartsock, JD

Jane Hartsock, JD

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.
Mary A. Ott, MD, MA

Mary A. Ott, MD, MA

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Mary offers guidance on bioethical issues related pediatric health, precision medicine and research with vulnerable populations.
Ross D. Silverman , JD, MPH

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.
Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD,  MPH,  MS

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.

Center Staff

Karen K. Schmidt, MSN, RN, CCRP

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.
T.J. Kasperbauer, PhD

T.J. Kasperbauer, PhD

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

Jack Hosty

Graduate Assistant
Jack supports the Center by conducting research on ethics consults, providing support for courses taught by Center faculty, and helping with administrative needs.
Tom Weingartner, M.A.

Tom Weingartner, M.A.

Research Assistant
Tom supports the Center’s researchers and has aided in projects on informed consent, data privacy, the Common Rule, learning healthcare systems, and course design. He recently received his M.A. in Philosophy from IUPUI.