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Lainie (Helaine) F. Ross, M.D., Ph.D.

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Professional Background

Lainie Ross, MD, PhD, joined the University of Rochester in January 2023 as Dean’s Professor and inaugural Chair, Department of Health Humanities and Bioethics and Director of the Paul M. Schyve MD Center for Bioethics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics. Prior to her move, Dr. Ross was the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics; Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery and the College; Co-Director of the Institute for Translational Medicine, and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. Clinically, Dr. Ross is a primary care pediatrician. She ran the clinical ethics consultation service at the University of Chicago for 20 years and the research ethics consultation for 25 years.

Dr. Ross earned her undergraduate degree from the School of Public and International Affairs from Princeton University (1982), her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (1986), and her doctorate in philosophy from Yale University (1996). She trained in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (1986-1988)and New York-Columbia Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital (1988-89).

Dr. Ross has lectured nationally and internationally on ethical and policy issues in organ transplantation, pediatrics, genetics, and human subjects protections. She has published five books and over 400 articles. She is currently writing a 6th book examining the ethical issues related to siblings in health care that received funding from the National Library of Medicine. Her five areas of expertise are: 1) pediatric ethics and policy; 2) genetic ethics and policy; 3) transplantation ethics and policy; 4) research ethics, publication ethics, and human subjects protection; and 5) gender and racial equity across the 3 academic pillars.

Dr. Ross has received funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Greenwall Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson, Jr Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. She received several teaching/mentorship awards at the University of Chicago, and has received national awards including: Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship Class XVI (1997-2000), the second recipient of the Patricia Price Brown Prize in Biomedical Ethics from the Oklahoma Health Sciences University (2009), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2014), and The American Academy of Pediatrics (Section on Bioethics) William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence (2015).



MD | Perelman School Of Medicine At The University Of Pennsylvania (USA)

PHD | Yale University

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1988 - 06/30/1989
Residency in Pediatrics at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY-Presbyterian

07/01/1987 - 06/30/1988
Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

07/01/1986 - 06/30/1987
Internship in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Journal Articles

Freeman MA, Botha J, Brewer E, Damian M, Ettenger R, Gambetta K, Lefkowitz DS, Ross LF, Superina R, McCulloch MI, Blydt-Hansen T, . "International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA) position statement supporting prioritizing pediatric recipients for deceased donor organ allocation." Pediatric transplantation.. 2023 Feb; 27 Suppl 1:e14358. Epub 2022 Dec 05.

Ross L. "The Dead Donor Rule Does Require that the Donor is Dead." The American journal of bioethics : AJOB.. 2023 Feb; 23(2):12-14.

Noohi F, Sundaresan M, Naylor R, Ross LF. "Diagnosis, treatment and disclosure: A qualitative exploration of participant challenges in a Monogenic Diabetes Registry." Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics.. 2023 Jan 19; :100019. Epub 2023 Jan 19.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Defining Death: The Case for Choice
Author List: Robert M Veatch and Lainie Friedman Ross
Published By: Georgetown University Press 2106 in Washington DC, USA

Book Title: The Living Organ Donor as Patient: Ethics and Practice
Author List: Lainie Friedman Ross and J. Richard Thistlethwaite, Jr
Published By: Oxford University Press 2021 in New York, NY, USA

Book Title: Transplantation Ethics, 2nd ed
Author List: Robert M Veatch and Lainie F Ross
Published By: Georgetown University Press 2015 in Washington DC, USA