Kathy Kinlaw

Associate Director
Director, Program in Health Sciences and Ethics
(404) 727-2201


Areas of Expertise:
Patient and family decision making
Palliative and end of life care
Neonatal and pediatric ethics
Public health ethics
Public engagement, ethics, and health policy
Ethics and spirituality/religious beliefs
Reproductive ethics
The work of ethics committees and ethics consultation            
Teaching medical ethics

Kathy Kinlaw

Kathy Kinlaw is Associate Director of the Emory University Center for Ethics and Director of the Center's Program in Health, Science, and Ethics. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine; and Director of the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia. 

Since 1994 Kathy has co-directed integration of Clinical Ethics into the School of Medicine's curriculum and enjoys teaching in multiple departments and modules, including residency programs.  She led the development of the Master of Arts in Bioethics degree program of the Center for Ethics and the Laney Graduate School, and teaches core courses for the program.  She currently serves as:  a member of the Georgia Composite Medical Board; the Committee on Ethics and Professionalism of the Federation of State Medical Boards; and the Advisory Committee for EBICS (Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems).   Kathy co-chairs the Ethics/Legal Workgroup for the HRSA-funded, Georgia Department of Public Health HIV Health Information Exchange Challenge Grant.  She has served as a member of the CDC Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director, and is actively involved in emergency preparedness scholarship and practice, including work on ethical issues in pandemic planning.   Her publications and scholarly interests are primarily in the areas of:  palliative and end of life care, ethics and medical education, perinatal and neonatal ethics, the work of ethics committees, and public health ethics.