Pamela L. Sankar

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Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Department: Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Contact information
423 Guardian Drive
Blockley Hall, 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-898-7136
Fax: 215-573-3036
Education:
BA (History of Ideas)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1974.
MA (Anthropology)
Boston University (Advanced to Ph.D. Candidacy, 1980), Boston, MA, 1980.
MA (Communications)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1984.
Ph.D. (Communications)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1992.
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Description of Bioethics Expertise

RESEARCH INTEREST:
Privacy and confidentiality, genetics, and informed consent

ABOUT:
Pamela Sankar, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and a Fellow at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sankar has a BA from the University of Michigan in History of Ideas. She began her graduate training in Anthropology and Communications at Boston University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. She pursued post-doctoral training in health services research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine with a fellowship awarded by the Veteran's Administration.

Since coming to the Center for Bioethics, Dr. Sankar's research interests have included medical privacy and confidentiality, ethical and cultural implications of genetic research, research ethics, and genetics and race.

Dr. Sankar's research and scholarship have been funded by the Ayer Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation, and National Institutes of Health.

Selected Publications

Harkins K, Sankar P, Sperling R, Grill JD, Green RC, Johnson KA, Healy M, Karlawish J: Development of a process to disclose amyloid imaging results to cognitively normal older adult research participants. Alzheimer's Research & Therapy 7(1): 26, December 2015.

Reiff M, Giarelli E, Bernhardt BA, Easley E, Spinner NB, Sankar PL, Mulchandani S: Parents' perceptions of the usefulness of chromosomal microarray analysis for children with autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord 45(10): 3262-75, 2015.

Sandra P, Cho MK, Monahan K, Nowak K: Reporting Race and Ethnicity in Genetics Research: Do Journal Recommendations or Resources Matter? Sci Eng Ethics 21(5): 1353-66, 2014.

The Human Microbiome Project Consortium: A framework for human microbiome research. Nature 486: 215–221, June 2012.

Caulfield , Evans J, McGuire A, McCabe C, Bubela T, Cook-Deegan R, Fishman J, Hogarth S, Miller FA, Ravitsky V, Biesecker B, Borry P, Cho K, Carroll JC, Etchegary H, Joly Y, Kato K, Lee SS, Rothenberg K, Sankar P, Szego MJ, Osorio P, Pullman D, Rousseau F, Ungar WJ, Wilson B: Reflections on the cost of "low-cost" whole genome sequencing: framing the health policy debate. PLoS Biol 11(11): e1001699, 2013.

Caulfield, T, Fullerton, SM, Ali-Khan, SE, Arbour,L, Burchard, EG, Cooper, RS, Hardy, B, Harry, S, Hyde-Lay, R, Kahn, J, Kittles, R, Koenig, BA, Lee, SS-J, Malinowski, M, Ravitsky, V, Sankar, P, Scherer, SW, Séguin, B, Shickle, D, Suarez-Kurtz, G, Daar, AS: Race and ancestry in biomedical research: exploring the challenges. Genome Medicine 1(1): 8, 2009.

Hull Sara Chandros, Sharp Richard R, Botkin Jeffrey R, Brown Mark, Hughes Mark, Sugarman Jeremy, Schwinn Debra, Sankar Pamela, Bolcic-Jankovic Dragana, Clarridge Brian R, Wilfond Benjamin S: Patients' views on identifiability of samples and informed consent for genetic research. American Journal of Bioethics 8(10): 62-70, Oct 2008.

Armstrong, K, McMurphy, S, Dean, LT, Micco, E, Putt, M, Halbert, CH, Schwartz, JS, Sankar, P, Pyeritz, RE, Bernhardt, B, Shea, JA: Differences in the patterns of health care system distrust between blacks and whites. Journal of General Internal Medicine 23(6): 827-33, Jun 2008.

Armstrong, K, McMurphy, S, Dean, LT, Micco, E, Putt, M, Halbert, CH, Schwartz, JS, Sankar, P, Pyeritz, RE, Bernhardt, B, Shea, JA: Differences in the patterns of health care system distrust between blacks and whites. Journal of General Internal Medicine 23(6): 827-33, 2008.

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