Professor of Research Ethics
Emory School of Medicine
Dr. Pentz received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of California in 1970. During the early part of her career, she served as a clinical ethicist, helping patients, families and the healthcare team at the bedside to resolve ethical dilemmas, first in the community setting in Yakima, Washington and then as the sole Clinical Ethicist at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson for a decade. She joined Emory and the Winship Cancer Center as an Associate Professor (2002-2004) and now as Professor of Research Ethics.
Dr. Pentz works directly with innovative oncology researchers to develop and design cutting edge ethical research. In order to ensure that such research is ethical, she designs ethics companion studies that examine the ethics of the study concurrently with its implementation. She has three main foci: (1) early drug development; (2) palliative care; and (3) pediatric bone marrow donation. She works extensively with patients on early drug development trials to increase their understanding of the research and to assist them in communicating their values to the healthcare team. She works closely with the supportive care clinic at Winship to facilitate supportive care in research. She also works extensively with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to support families of oncology patients.
Dr. Pentz’s other interests include research in the emergency setting, genetic research, informed consent for vulnerable populations and promoting an ethical research culture.
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