Ethics & Professionalism in Caring

Ethics & Professionalism in Caring overview

Research conducted by the EPIC group is primarily focused on three areas:

  1. organ donation and transplantation, including Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation; 
  2. clinical ethics consultation; and
  3. medical humanities (including bioart). 

Additionally, EPIC oversees Medical Humanities Week which includes a curated art exhibit of medical student mixed media creations. A goal of the EPIC research group is to train medical students to become future physician-investigators.

Current Projects

  1. Decisions about paediatric hand transplantation: Perspectives of Australian and US hand therapists (Nitin Mukesh, Katrina A. Bramstedt)
  2. Developing a living donation app for Facebook (Johns Hopkins University, Facebook Inc, Katrina A. Bramstedt)
  3. Ethics consultation registry (Katrina A. Bramstedt)
  4. Surgical ethics considerations with 3-D printed implants and prostheses (Allan Stirling, Katrina A. Bramstedt)
  5. Trapped in my own labyrinth: Poetry spawned by vertigo [revising with photographic images] (Katrina A. Bramstedt)
  6. Exploring the perceptions of Australian and US Medical students and their teachers about clinical professional attire (LAPEL Study) (Katrina A. Bramstedt, Clinton Colaco, University of Tasmania, Touro University, Baylor University)

Completed Projects

  • Exploring the success of Good Samaritan organ donation in New Zealand (Kusam Nagi, Moohambika Srinivasan, Piyumi B. Lekamlage, Katrina A. Bramstedt).  Prog Transpl 2015;25:in press.
  • Art is good medicine (Katrina A. Bramstedt).  Salvataggio Press, 2014.
  • Trapped in my own labyrinth: Poetry spawned by vertigo (Katrina A. Bramstedt).  Salvataggio Press, 2014.
  • Dietary habits are related to outcomes in patients with advanced heart failure awaiting heart transplantation (Johannes Gutenberg University, University of Koblenz-Landau, Oregon Health and Science University, Heart Center North Rhine-Westphalia, Katrina A. Bramstedt, Eurotransplant International Foundation, San Francisco State University).  J Card Fail. 2013 Apr;19(4):240-50.
  • The silence of Good Samaritan kidney donation in Australia: a survey of hospital websites (Sameer Dave, Katrina A. Bramstedt).  Clin Transplant. 2013 May-Jun;27(3):E244-8.
  • Family refusals of registered consents: the disruption of organ donation by double-standard surrogate decision-making (Katrina A. Bramstedt).  Intern Med J. 2013 Feb;43(2):120-3.
  • Harms and responsibilities associated with battery-operated implants (BOI): who controls postmortem explantation? (Katrina A. Bramstedt).  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2013 Jan;36(1):7-10.