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

Dr. Ellen Clayton is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a founding member of its Standing Committee on Reproductive Health, Equity, and Society. At VUMC, she is a Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, a Professor of Health Policy, a co-founder of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, and a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt. Her research focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the conduct and translation of genomics research into clinical care. She is the co-PI of a transdisciplinary Center for Excellence in ELSI Research focusing on Genetic Privacy and Identity in Community Settings and of a project that seeks to define the legal framework for genomics. In addition, she has been involved in the eMERGE consortium assessing the impact of returning genomic results, and currently working on ethical issues in the development and use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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