Dr. Bramstedt is one of the world's few formally trained transplant ethicists. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Loma Linda University (USA) and her PhD from Monash University Faculty of Medicine (Melbourne, Australia). Additionally, she spent over two years at UCLA as an Ethics Fellow. Recently, she served 6 years as Chair of the Ethics Committee for NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals (http://www.natco1.org/). Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Bond University School of Medicine (Queensland, Australia), as well as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. She is a member of The Transplantation Society's Ethics Committee and also has a private practice:www.AskTheEthicist.com
Dr. Bramstedt has conducted over 800 ethics consults, as well as over 100 living donor advocate assessments (kidney and liver). She also worked for several years with the Cleveland Clinic Face Transplant Team (2004-2007). In addition to traveling worldwide giving lectures and media interviews, she has published 75+ manuscripts in medical and bioethics journals. She has also authored several book chapters and 3 books. She has a passion for transplant and helping patients, families, and medical teams resolve complex ethical dilemmas.
Dr. Bramstedt is available for consulting projects pertaining to organ donation, transplantation, artificial organs, general medical ethics, moral decision-making, and research ethics (e.g., study design, informed consent). She is also available as an expert witness for legal matters. A sampling of some of her recent publications appears below:
Spaderna H, Zahn D, Pretsch J, Connor SL, Zittermann A, Schulze Schleithoff S, Bramstedt KA, et al. Dietary habits are related to outcomes in patients with advanced heart failure awaiting heart transplantation. J Card Fail 2013;19:240-250.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23582090
Neidich E, Neidich A, Cooper J, Bramstedt KA. The ethical complexities of online organ solicitation via donor-patient websites: Avoiding the “beauty contest”. Am J Transpl 2012;12: 43-47. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21951635
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