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Dr. Keren Ladin named Greenwall Faculty Scholar

Dr. Keren Ladin was recently named as Greenwall Faculty Scholar by the Greenwall Foundation. The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. This award supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical care, biomedical research, and public policy.

Dr. Ladin's project incorporates bioethics, social psychology, and health services approaches to examine disparities in transplantation and in access to health care more broadly.

Project abstract:
Although social support is routinely assessed during transplant candidate evaluation, we hypothesize that inconsistent definitions of social support and evaluation procedures may result in unequal treatment of patients with limited support. We hypothesize that clinicians have unconscious bias in favor of more socially connectedness patients, and that this bias will be significantly associated with waitlist decisions. Clinicians may experience moral distress and cognitive dissonance, which occurs when actions (using a discriminatory criterion) do not align with values (treating all patients fairly). Perspective-taking interventions, more supportive center-level and Medicaid policies, and reforming the social support criterion may be needed to reduce this source of bias and ensure equal access to solid organ transplantation.

Learn more about Dr. Ladin's research and the REACH Lab >

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