June 2013

Neal Dickert Named Greenwall Faculty Scholar

Neal Dickert, MD, PhD (Health Policy and Bioethics) is Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Emory University. His project is “Consent-related challenges in acute cardiology research.” In acute conditions, such as cardiopulmonary arrest and severe heart attack, research is needed to identify more effective therapies. However, patients are too sick to give informed consent for research, and surrogates are often not available before urgent study interventions would need to be instituted. Dr. Dickert’s project will develop, implement, and evaluate a strategy for patient or surrogate involvement in such research and also examine the requirement of community consultation if consent is waived in such research. He has published several articles on this topic.