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Anne Lederman Flamm is Staff in the Department of Bioethics at Cleveland Clinic and Director of e-Ethics Cleveland Clinic. e-Ethics Cleveland Clinic is a departmental initiative that offers our bioethics case consultation, education, research and policy development expertise to healthcare organizations outside Cleveland Clinic that lack their own bioethics resources.
Ms. Flamm obtained her undergraduate degree in Religion and Politics from Princeton University in 1989 and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1995. She completed two fellowships in clinical bioethics, the first at Cleveland Clinic in 1998 and the second at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX the following year. Ms. Flamm then served as a Clinical Ethicist and Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Care, Division of Anesthesiology, at M.D. Anderson until 2006. Her responsibilities included ethics consultation, education, institutional policy development and research in bioethics-related areas.
Following a move back to Cleveland, Ms. Flamm became a Visiting Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Ethicist & Member of the Central IRB for the National Cancer Institute. She joined the Staff of the Cleveland Clinic Bioethics Department in 2008.
Published writings appear in law reviews, peer-reviewed medical & ethics journals and textbooks and address such topics as First Amendment rights; medical futility; bioethics policy development; research with newly and nearly dead participants; and the perceptions of, influences upon, and quality of life of participants in Phase 1 cancer trials.
Bioethics, clinical ethics, ethics consultation, ethics of cancer care & research, organizational ethics
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