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

Megan Applewhite, MD, MA

Research Interests

  • Ethical challenges in healthcare for patients who are incarcerated or detained
  • Research Ethics
  • Surgical Informed Consent

Andrew Aronsohn, MD

Andrew Aronsohn

Research Interests

  • Ethical issues in liver disease and therapies
  • Organ transplantation allocation

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

Darren Bryan, MD

Research Interests

  • Informed consent
  • resident (and trainee, in general) involvement in care

Brian Callender, MD

Research Interests

  • Global health ethics
  • The doctor-patient relationship
  • Graphic Medicine
  • Visual culture of medicine
  • The illness experience

Ishanu Chattopadhyay, PhD

Research Interests

  • Machine learning
  • Data Science
  • Screening and diagnosis of complex diseases
  • Electronic Healthcare Records

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH


Julie Chor, MD

Julie Chor

Research Interests

  • Conscientious provision by health care professionals
  • Doctor-patient relationship in reproductive healthcare
  • Health disparities and community-engaged research
  • Reproductive ethics

Scott Cook, PhD

Research Interests

  • health services research
  • healthcare systems and payment reform to advance health equity
  • LGBTQ+ health
  • equity and healthcare quality improvement
  • Medicaid

Kamala Cotts, MD

Research Interests

  • Primary care for adults with developmental disabilities
  • General internal medicine with focus on hypertension, diabetes, and women's health

Christopher (Chris) Daugherty, MD

Research Interests

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

Michele Friedner, PhD

Research Interests

  • disability
  • technology
  • medical anthropology
  • guardianship
  • international/cross-cultural ethics

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
  • Patient-doctor communication
  • Oncology Clinical Trial Design and Implementation

Michael Hawking, MD, MSc

Research Interests

  • Oversees the Scholars in Ethics and Medicine Program at the University of Chicago
  • Writes on Virtue Ethics and Physician Formation, Oncology Communication, and Care and Ethics at the End of Life
  • Practices as a Clinical Oncologist at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Bermuda

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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

Fay Hlubocky, PhD, MA, CCTP

Research Interests

  • Clinical Research Ethics
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Psycho-oncology
  • Burnout, Moral Distress
  • Clinician-Patient Communication
  • End-of-Life Care

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Sarah Hoehn, MD

Research Interests

  • Pediatric critical care
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Medical ethics
  • Hospice & palliative care
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)

Elbert Huang, MD, MPH

Elbert Huang

Research Interests

  • Diabetes in older adults
  • Health economics
  • Health policy

Mahmoud Ismail, MD

Research Interests

  • maternal-fetal medicine
  • obstetrics & gynecology
  • high-risk obstetrics

Erika “Ann” Jeschke, PhD

Research Interests

  • Military Medicine
  • Trauma Medicine
  • Performance Theory

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Elizabeth Kieff, MD

Research Interests

  • Physician Development and Formation
  • Psychiatric Ethics
  • Caregiver Wellness
  • Authenticity and Pay

Valerie Gutmann Koch, JD (Director of Law & Ethics)

Research Interests

  • informed consent
  • law & medical decision making
  • human subjects research
  • genetics and genomics
  • legal issues related to pandemic preparedness and response

Shivani Kumar, MD

Research Interests

  • medical education
  • transplant psychiatry

Andrea “Justine” Landi, MD

Research Interests

  • Older adults with opioid use disorder across care settings
  • Age-friendly approach to shared-decision making
  • Outpatient clinical ethics
  • Serious Illness Communication
  • End-of-Life Care

Emily Landon, MD

Research Interests

  • Infection prevention
  • Optimal antimicrobial use
  • Bone and joint infections

Christos Lazaridis, MD

Research Interests

  • Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Neurointensivist who specializes in advanced monitoring in severe traumatic brain injury
  • Heavily involved in neurocritical care ethics
  • Trained in both neurologic and general critical care

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

Deborah Loeff, MD


Peggy Mason, PhD

Research Interests

  • Non-treatment of neonates with disabilities
  • Role of empathy in medicine
  • Informed consent

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Nathaniel Meadow, MD, MPH

Research Interest

  • Psychedelic assisted therapies

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

Dejan Micic, MD

Research Interests

  • Ethical issues in nutrition support
  • End-of-life care

Michael Millis, MD

Research Interests

  • Adult and Pediatric Transplant Surgery
  • Liver and Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Innovation in surgery and medicine

Ross Milner, MD

Research Interests

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

Parth Modi, MD, MS

Research Interests

  • health services and health policy research
  • ethics research on the patient-physician relationship
  • financial conflicts of interest

Scott Moses, MD

Research Interests

  • Reproductive ethics
  • Ritual in medicine
  • Religion and medicine

Kelly Nelson Kelly, MD

Research Interests

  • Prenatal counseling
  • Responding to consults in medical ethics

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

Funmi Olopade, MD, FACP

Research Interests

  • Hereditary cancers
  • Breast cancer in young women
  • Cancer risk and prevention
  • Cancer genetics

Kinga Skowron Olortegui, MD, MS

Research Interests

  • professionalism and teaching of professionalism in surgical residency
  • burnout

William Parker, MD

Research Interests

  • empirical bioethics
  • scarce healthcare resource allocation
  • organ transplantation

Monica Peek, MD, MPH

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

Research Interest

  • Ethics and health policy

Micah Prochaska, MD, MSc

Research Interests

  • Anemia and RBC transfusions
  • Fatigability
  • Research Networks

Rebecca Propper, MD

Research Interests

  • Ethical Dilemmas in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Brain Death
  • Ethics Consults
  • Mixed-Methods Research

Manish Tushar Raiji, MD


Vijaya Rao, MD

Research Interests

  • Clinical ethics in gastroenterology
  • Appropriate use of invasive procedures
  • Peri-procedural code status

Selwyn Rogers Jr., MD, MPH

Research Interests

  • Ethical issues in violence, trauma, & trauma surgery
  • Health disparities
  • Impact of race and ethnicity on surgical outcomes

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Richard Rosengarten, MA, PhD

Richard Rosengarten

Research Interests

  • Narrative
  • Theologies of pain and suffering

David Rubin, MD

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

Kaitlin Seibert, MD

Research Interests

  • neurological ethics of treating persons with dementia
  • decision making capacity in Alzheimer’s and related dementias
  • music and creative arts therapies in dementia care
  • ethnic barriers and social determinants of health in dementia care

Baddr Shakhsheer, MD

Research Interests

  • Surgical Ethics
  • Informed Consent
  • Teaching of ethics to trainees
  • Pediatric Surgical Ethics

Mark Siegler, MD, MACP

Research Interests

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

Siv Sjursen, MS, RN, BSN

Research Interests

  • Impact of technology on nursing care
  • Influenza vaccine rates
  • Edge of Viability
  • Communication
  • Nurse- Doctor relationship

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Caroline Skolnik, MD, CM

Research Interests

  • Healthcare sustainability
  • Ethics of healthcare environmentalism
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social Justice in medicine
  • Institutional Virtue Ethics

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Peter J. Smith, MD, MA

Research Interests

  • Board certified in two sub-specialties of pediatrics: neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP)
  • Clinical services include transitional care, residential school care and outpatient clinics
  • Intellectual disabilities and ethics
  • Down syndrome treatments
  • Medical education related to disabilities

Deborah Spitz, MD

Research Interests

  • Psychiatric Education
  • Faculty development
  • Psychiatric Ethics
  • Autonomous choice in severe remitting and relapsing psychiatric disorders

Jason Strelzow, MD, FRCSC

Research Interests

  • Consent
  • Ethics of Surgical Decision-Making
  • Novel Technology & the ethics of AI
  • Research Consent

Debra Stulberg, MD

Debra Stulberg

Research Interests

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

Ashley Suah, MD

Research Interests

  • Racial, gender and cultural disparities in healthcare
  • Patient-surgeon and trainee-surgeon relationships
  • Impact of transgenerational trauma on decision-making
  • Sensitization and desensitization in transplant surgery

Elizabeth Tung, MD, MS

Research Interests

  • Intersections between race, poverty and healthcare access
  • Neighborhood effects
  • Violence epidemiology and health
  • Geographic analytical methods

M. Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC

Research Interests

  • Religion, Bioethics, and Medicine
  • Shared Decision Making
  • Provider Moral Distress/Moral Injury
  • Healthcare Chaplaincy

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John Yoon, MD

Research Interests

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

Laurie Zoloth, PhD

Research Interests

  • Agency and Subjectivity
  • Jewish studies
  • Religion and ethics
  • Ethics and Politics & Law
  • Social justice in healthcare
  • How science and medicine are taught
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies