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Joshua Crites, Ph.D.

Joshua Crites, Ph.D.
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Department Center for Bioethics
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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About Joshua Crites, Ph.D.

Joshua Crites, PhD joined the professional staff in the Department of Bioethics in Fall 2015 as a Regional Ethicist for Cleveland Clinic Westside hospitals. Prior to coming back to the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Crites was an Assistant Professor in the Humanities Department at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. He completed the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics in 2012 after a post-doctoral position with the Center for Management Research in Healthcare at Vanderbilt University and then at Oregon Health and Science University. He holds a PhD in philosophy, which he received from Vanderbilt University in 2007. In his current position, Dr. Crites manages the clinical ethics consultation services, coordinates clinical ethics programming and co-chairs ethics committees at four Cleveland Clinic hospitals. Additional efforts include leading a quality improvement project focusing on the Ethics Consultation Service across the enterprise, and is co-leading a subcommittee of the Center for End of Life Care tasked with standardization family meetings in the clinical setting. His current work and scholarship center around ethics consultation, ethics education for healthcare professionals and trainees, and ethical issues related to respecting autonomy in cases of traumatic injury. Previous scholarship includes institutional trust amongst participants in biobank-based research and ethical issues related to informed consent in oncology clinical trials.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN USA

Graduate School - Kent State University
Kent, OH USA

Undergraduate - Kent State University
Kent, OH USA

Specialty Interests

Quality improvement in clinical ethics consultation and ethics/professionalism education for medical students. Previous scholarship includes ethical issues related to respecting autonomy in cases of traumatic injury, institutional trust amongst participants in biobank-based research, and ethical issues related to informed con- sent in oncology clinical trials.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/29/2023, Dr. Crites has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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