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Ana S. Iltis

Nonresident Scholar for Biomedical Research Policy


Ana S. Iltis, Ph.D., is a nonresident scholar in the Center for Health and Biosciences. She is the director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society and professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University. Iltis also holds an appointment in the department of Social Sciences and Health Policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine. In addition, Iltis serves on several National Institutes of Health (NIH) data safety monitoring boards, and she holds a wide range of editorial positions, including co-editor of the Annals of Bioethics book series (Routledge), senior associate editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press), and co-editor of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (Johns Hopkins University Press). 

Iltis’ scholarly focus is primarily on the ethical conduct of human research, including research involving children, first-in-human studies and clinical trials, mental health research, informed consent, and risk in research decision-making. Iltis currently is working on a book on research ethics in which she argues for the need to develop evidence-based research ethics guidelines and practices. Prior to joining Wake Forest University, Iltis was an associate professor of health care ethics and director of the Ph.D. program in the Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University.

Iltis received a B.A. and B.A.H from Villanova University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Rice University.

Contact her at iltisas@wfu.edu or (713) 348-4784.