About Us

Our Faculty and Staff

Peter Angelos, MD, PhD

Research Interests

  • Surgical ethics
  • Innovation in surgery and medicine
  • Informed consent
  • Teaching ethics to trainees
  • Transplant ethics

Andrew Aronsohn, MD

Andrew Aronsohn

Research Interest

  • Ethical issues in liver disease and liver transplant

Daniel Brauner, MD

Research Interests

  • History of resuscitation, cardiac arrest, and DNR
  • Language and medicine
  • Issues of older patients
  • Cognitive impairment and dementia

Melanie Brown, MD

Melanie Brown

Research Interests

  • Palliative care
  • Medical education
  • The doctor patient relationship
  • Healthcare disparities

Daniel Brudney, PhD

Dan Brudney

Research Interests

  • Patient autonomy
  • Ethics of liver transplantation
  • Conscientious refusal by health care professionals
  • Conflicting interests in the clinical context

Brian Callender, MD

Research Interests

  • Global Health Ethics
  • Doctor-Patient Relationship

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH

Julie Chor, MD

Julie Chor

Research Interests

  • Conscientious provision by health care professionals
  • Doctor-patient relationship in reproductive healthcare
  • Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • Health Disparities and Community-Engaged Research
  • Reproductive Ethics

Christopher (Chris) Daugherty, MD

Research Interests

  • Research ethics
  • Informed consent
  • End of life care
  • Cancer care communication
  • Decision making

Laura DiGiovanni, MD

Research Interests

  • Prenatal diagnosis, fetal anomalies and ethics
  • Patient-doctor decision making in maternal fetal medicine
  • Ethical issues in obstetric and gynecology
  • Ethics curriculum in ob gyn residency
  • Reproductive ethics
  • Beginning-of-life ethics

Richard Epstein, LLB

Richard Epstein

Research Interests

  • Medicine and law
  • Pharmaceutical industry reputation

Ann Goldblatt, JD, LLM

Ann Dudley Goldblatt

Research Interests

  • Patient protection
  • Reproductive rights
  • Conscience clauses
  • Genomics

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Lawrence J. Gottlieb, MD

Lawrence Gottlieb

Research Interests

  • Palliative reconstructive surgery
  • Life vs. limb
  • Vascular composite allografts

Olwen Hahn, MD

Research Interests

  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Breast Cancer
  • Urologic Cancer

Javad Hekmat-Panah, MD

Javad Hekmat-Panah

Research Interests

  • Communication with and on behalf of patients
  • Surgical errors and communication
  • Head injury in abused children
  • Microvessel circulation, in cardiac arrest, cerebral compression, and air embolism

Elbert Huang, MD, MPH

Elbert Huang

Research Interests

  • Diabetes in older adults
  • Health economics
  • Health policy

Stacy Kahn, MD

Stacy Kahn

Research Interests

  • Ethical, legal, and social issues related to fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT)
  • Fecal microbiota transplantation as a potential treatment for inflammatory bowel disease
  • Adherence and effective self-management in IBD

Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD

Research Interests

  • Child and adult psychiatric ethics
  • HIV research
  • Vulnerable populations
  • New social media

Elizabeth Kieff, MD

elizabeth kieff uchicago medicine

Research Interests

  • Experiential learning and physician development and formation
  • Parenting while training
  • Wellness

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Valerie Gutmann Koch, JD

Valerie Gutmann Koch

Research Interests

  • Human subjects research
  • Emerging technologies
  • Genomics and privacy
  • Intellectual property

Tracy Koogler, MD

Tracy Koogler

Research Interests

  • Deceased donor organ donation
  • Death and dying
  • Pediatric patient-family-physician relationship
  • Subject protections in research

Emily Landon, MD

Research Interests

  • Infection Prevention
  • Optimal Antimicrobial Use
  • Bone and Joint Infections

Stacy Lindau, MD, MA

Research Interests

  • Sexuality in the context of aging, common diseases, and the patient-physician relationship
  • Health in high poverty, urban settings
  • Health system improvement

Anup Malani, JD, PhD

Anup Malani

Research Interests

  • Health care financing
  • Health care technology
  • Placebo effects
  • Law & economics

William Meadow, MD, PhD

Research Interests

  • Neonatal ethics
  • Prediction of ICU outcomes


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David Meltzer, MD, PhD

Research Interests

  • Value of the doctor-patient relationship
  • Patient-centered outcomes research
  • Health economics and policy
  • Health and the social sciences

Ross Milner, MD

Ross Milner

Research Interests

  • Surgical Ethics
  • Informed consent process
  • Role of surgeon proctors

C. ‘Sola’ Olopade, MD, MPH, FCCP

C. ‘Sola’ Olopade

Research Interests

  • Research ethics in developing country setting
  • Responsible conduct of research in developing country settings
  • Health impact of household air pollution in vulnerable populations
  • Interaction between environment and genetics in the expression of asthma

Aasim I. Padela, MD, MSc

Aasim I. Padela

Research Interests

  • Ethical and practical considerations of cultural accommodations of minority communities
  • Theoretical and applied islamic bioethics
  • Ethics of global health collaborations and international relief
  • Morality and epistemology

Monica Peek, MD

Research Interests

  • Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • Health Disparities and Community-Engaged Research
  • Shared Decision-Making
  • Diabetes Health Disparities
  • Patient Empowerment
  • Community-Engaged Research

Harold Pollack, PhD

Harold Pollack

Research Interest

  • Ethics and health policy

Micah Prochaska, MD

Richard Rosengarten, MA, PhD

Richard Rosengarten

Research Interests

  • Narrative
  • Theologies of pain and suffering

Lainie Ross, MD, PhD

Lainie Ross

Research Interests

  • Ethical and policy issues in tissue and organ transplantation
  • Ethical and policy issues in pediatrics
  • Ethical and policy issues in genetics and genomics
  • Ethical issues in human subjects protections
  • Health care disparities and public policy

David Rubin, MD

David Rubin

Research Interests

  • Ethical design of clinical trials
  • Novel therapies in inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cancer prevention in inflammatory bowel disease

Milda Saunders, MD, MPH

milda saunders uchicago medicine

Research Interests

  • Living liver and kidney donation
  • Patient education about renal replacement therapy
  • Geographic variation in quality of care
  • Health disparities and quality of care for patients with ESRD

Mark Siegler, MD, MACP

Research Interests

  • The doctor-patient relationship
  • End-of-life care
  • Surgical innovation
  • Organ Transplantation

Jaideep Singh, MD, MPH

Research Interests

  • Delivery room decisions
  • Standard of care in NICU
  • Palliative care in NICU

Siv Sjursen, RN, BSN

Research Interests

  • ethical behavior
  • impact of technology on nursing care
  • influenza vaccine rates

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Peter Smith, MD, MA

Peter Smith

Research Interests

  • Intellectual disabilities and ethics
  • Down syndrome treatments
  • Medical education related to disabilities

Debra Stulberg, MD

Debra Stulberg

Research Interests

  • Racial and socioeconomic disparities
  • Reproductive health
  • Religiously-sponsored health care

Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD

Research Interests

  • End-of-life care
  • Cost-containment in medicine
  • Spirituality/religion and medicine

Robert Topel, PhD

Robert Topel

Research Interest

  • Economic issues in medicine

Alison Winter, PhD

Alison Winter

Research Interest

  • History of medicine

John Yoon, MD

John Yoon

Research Interests

  • The Doctor-patient relationship
  • Virtue in medicine
  • Medicine and religion