Consortium Ethics Program

Director, Rosa Lynn Pinkus, PhD

Administrator, Jody Stockdill

Communications Specialist, Sarah Sudar


Rosa Lynn Pinkus, PhD

Professor of Medicine/Neurosurgery
Associate Director, Center for Bioethics and Health Law
Director, Consortium Ethics Program

University of Pittsburgh

Rosa Lynn Pinkus, a historian, received both her MA (1970) and Ph.D. (1975) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1978 she completed a fellowship in the Medical Humanities at Penn State Hershey and joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1980. By 1986, her frontline clinical work in neurosurgery earned her an Associate Professorship in that department. She is currently Professor of Medicine/Neurosurgery. Since 1990 she has been Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and Director of the Consortium Ethics Program. She has extensive experience as an ethics consultant and has taught applied ethics for over twenty years in both the medical school and, most recently, the School of Engineering.

Rosa Lynn is lead author of the book, Engineering Ethics: Balancing Cost, Risk and Schedules: Lessons Learned from the Space Shuttle (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and co-author, with Mark Kuczewski, of An Ethics Casebook for Hospitals: Practical Approaches to Everyday Ethics(Georgetown University Press, 1999). Her current research, (funded by the NSF-LIS Program) is an interdisciplinary study to understand how bioengineering students learn ethics by using a case-based approach and how a computer model of this reasoning process can aid future teaching. Still publishing historical articles examining the development of a "tacit ethic" in neurosurgery, Rosa Lynn’s commitment to applying what the "academic" ethics center has learned to everyday practice of professionals is the common theme that ties this diverse career together.


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