Pioneering psychiatrist earns MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics

Laura Roberts, MD, MA, Stanford University

Laura Roberts, MD, MA, Stanford University

The 2015 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics and Health Outcomes will be presented to Laura Roberts, MD, MA, who is chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and an internationally recognized scholar in bioethics, psychiatry, medicine and medical education.

Roberts will receive the $50,000 award, the largest prize in bioethics and clinical ethics, during the 27th annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on ethics in medicine later this month at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Roberts has dedicated much of her career studying vulnerable and special populations, particularly those with serious disability and life-threatening diseases and who often experience societal and economic adversity. Her work has led to advances in understanding the ethical aspects of physical and mental illness research, societal implications for genetic innovation, the role of stigma in health disparities, the impact of medical student and physician health issues and optimal approaches to fostering professionalism in medicine.

Roberts, who is the Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor at Stanford, is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. The prize will be presented to Roberts by Holly Humphrey, MD, dean for medical education at the University of Chicago.

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