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Kathy Kinlaw, MDiv
Director, Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia
Associate Director of the Emory University Center for Ethics and Director of the Centers Program in Health, Science and Ethics.
Assistant Professor Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine

Kathy Kinlaw is Associate Director of the Emory University Center for Ethics where she directs the Center's Program in Health, Science, and Ethics; and Lead Ethicist at Emory Healthcare. She serves as Chair, Emory University Hospital Ethics Committee; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine; and Director of the Healthcare Ethics Consortium, a network of healthcare systems in the Southeast.  

Kathy directs integration of Clinical Ethics into the School of Medicine's curriculum and residency programs.  She completed 8 years of service as a Board member of the Georgia Composite Medical Board and served as a member of the Committee on Ethics and Professionalism of the Federation of State Medical Boards.  She also served as a member of the CDC Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director. Kathy brings ethical analysis to public policy concerns, providing bioethics guidance to legislators and leading working groups in drafting 1) the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare (2007); 2) 2010 revision of the Georgia Informed Consent law with particular attention to a consent process for those who lack decision making capacity; and 3) the Georgia POLST legislation (2015).

Kathy’s graduate training includes a degree is in religious ethics and bioethics from the Candler School of Theology at Emory; bioethics internship at the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Bioethics, and a fellowship in Perinatal Ethics through the Emory University School of Medicine.

Her publications and scholarly interests include:  ethics committees and ethics consultation, palliative and end of life care, perinatal and neonatal ethics, ethics and medical education, and practical ethics in healthcare.


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