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Ryan Spellecy PhD

Ryan Spellecy PhD

Associate Professor

Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Department: Institute for Health & Equity
Division: Bioethics
Program: Administration

Member of the Cancer Center
Member of the Neuroscience Research Center


I am willing to mentor a junior faculty member.


Research Experience

  • Advance Directive Adherence
  • Advance Directives
  • Advisory Committees
  • Beneficence
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Bioethics
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill
  • Consent Forms
  • Education, Distance
  • Education, Graduate
  • Educational Technology
  • Ethical Review
  • Ethicists
  • Ethics Committees, Research
  • Ethics, Clinical
  • Ethics, Research
  • Euthanasia
  • Euthanasia, Active
  • Gatekeeping
  • Helsinki Declaration
  • Informed Consent
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Living Wills
  • Parental Consent
  • Patient Rights
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Quality-Adjusted Life Years
  • Third-Party Consent
  • Value of Life
  • Virtues
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Leadership Positions

  • Chair, Frodert Memorial Lutheran Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin IRB #2
  • MCW Program / Core Facilities

  • CTSI
  • Community Partnerships

  • United Community Center
  • Walnut Way
  • Publications

  • Ethical and Regulatory Considerations Regarding Enrollment of Incompetent Adults in More Than Minimal Risk Research as Compared With Children. (Derse AR, Spellecy R) Am J Bioeth 2015;15(10):68-9 PMID: 26479114 10/21/2015
  • Facilitating Autonomy With Broad Consent. (Spellecy R) Am J Bioeth 2015;15(9):43-4 PMID: 26305751 08/26/2015
  • Is 'informed consent' an 'understood consent' in hematopoietic cell transplantation? (D'Souza A, Pasquini M, Spellecy R) Bone Marrow Transplant 2015 Jan;50(1):10-4 PMID: 25243618 PMCID: PMC4320584 09/23/2014
  • The limits of traditional approaches to informed consent for genomic medicine. (May T, Zusevics KL, Derse A, Strong KA, Jeruzal J, La Pean Kirschner A, Farrell MH, Spellecy R) HEC Forum 2014 Sep;26(3):185-202 PMID: 25117558 08/15/2014
  • Piloting a nationally disseminated, interactive human subjects protection program for community partners: unexpected lessons learned from the field. (Solomon S, Bullock S, Calhoun K, Crosby L, Eakin B, Franco Z, Hardwick E, Holland S, Leinberger-Jabari A, Newton G, Odell J, Paberzs A, Spellecy R) Clin Transl Sci 2014 Apr;7(2):172-6 PMID: 24720349 PMCID: PMC4782626 04/12/2014
  • In the absence of evidentiary harm, existing societal norms regarding parental authority should prevail. (Strong KA, Derse AR, Dimmock DP, Zusevics KL, Jeruzal J, Worthey E, Bick D, Scharer G, La Pean Kirschner A, Spellecy R, Farrell MH, Geurts J, Veith R, May T) Am J Bioeth 2014;14(3):24-6 PMID: 24592835 03/07/2014
  • Risk, respect for persons, and informed consent in comparative effectiveness research. (Spellecy R, Leuthner S, Farrell M) Am J Bioeth 2013;13(12):46-8 PMID: 24256539 11/22/2013
  • More than cheating: deception, IRB shopping, and the normative legitimacy of IRBs. (Spellecy R, May T) J Law Med Ethics 2012;40(4):990-6 PMID: 23289700 01/08/2013
  • The importance of risk tolerance in maternal autonomy. (Kapfhamer JD, Menon S, Spellecy R) Am J Bioeth 2012;12(7):53-4 PMID: 22694037 06/15/2012
  • Easy-to-read informed consent forms for hematopoietic cell transplantation clinical trials. (Denzen EM, Santibáñez ME, Moore H, Foley A, Gersten ID, Gurgol C, Majhail NS, Spellecy R, Horowitz MM, Murphy EA) Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2012 Feb;18(2):183-9 PMID: 21806948 PMCID: PMC3242929 10/05/2011
  • Maximizing beneficence and autonomy. Ethical support for the use of nonpharmacological methods for managing dental anxiety. (Donate-Bartfield E, Spellecy R, Shane NJ) J Am Coll Dent 2010;77(3):26-34 PMID: 21314050 02/15/2011
  • Philosophical and ethical issues at the forefront of neuroscience and genetics: an overview for psychiatrists. (Hoop JG, Spellecy R) Psychiatr Clin North Am 2009 Jun;32(2):437-49 PMID: 19486824 06/03/2009
  • Psychiatric outpatient commitment: one tool along a continuum. (Spellecy R) Am J Bioeth 2007 Nov;7(11):45-7; discussion W3-4 PMID: 18027302 11/21/2007
  • Viewpoint: IRBs, hospital ethics committees, and the need for "translational informed consent". (May T, Craig JM, Spellecy R) Acad Med 2007 Jul;82(7):670-4 PMID: 17595563 06/28/2007
  • Unproven or unsatisfactory versus equipoise in emergency research with waived consent. (Spellecy R) Am J Bioeth 2006 May-Jun;6(3):44-5 PMID: 16754452 06/07/2006
  • Reviving Ulysses contracts. (Spellecy R) Kennedy Inst Ethics J 2003 Dec;13(4):373-92 PMID: 15049305 03/31/2004
  • Last update: 08/30/2017
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