Ellen Wright Clayton, JD, MD

Ellen Wright Clayton, JD, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
General Pediatrics
Rosalind E. Franklin Professor of Genetics and Health Policy
General Pediatrics
Professor of Law
General Pediatrics
Craig-Weaver Chair in Pediatrics
General Pediatrics
Co-founder, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
General Pediatrics
Doctors' Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite

General Pediatrics
Stanford University, 1976
Yale Law School, 1979
Harvard Medical School, 1985
Residency-Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and Lecturer in Medical Ethics

Clinical Interests

Genetics, genomics, ethics, law, pediatrics, women's health

Research Information

Professor Clayton has focused on ethical, legal, and social issues presented by advances in genetics and genomics for many years in a truly transdisciplinary manner, combining empirical, normative, and legal analytic methods to address real-world challenges. I am currently co-PI of VUMC's highly transdisciplinary CEER on genomic privacy and identity, GetPreCiSe, and is completing work as co-PI of LawSeqSM, which created in-depth analyses and made recommendations regarding several issues confronting genomics, including privacy. She has been involved in eMERGE since its inception, participated in CSER addressing legal issues, and played a pivotal role in the creation of BioVU. She was a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research before it became an institute and served as Co-Chair of the ELSI Working Group of the International HapMap Project. In addition, she has been writing about ELSI in women's and children's health for years. She has taught numerous courses in the law school for many years and practiced general pediatrics for 20 years.

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