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Meet Ryan Spellecy, PhD

Meet Ryan Spellecy, PhD

Ryan Spellecy, PhDRyan Spellecy, PhD is an Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, in the Institute for Health Equity at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Spellecy leads CTSI’s Clinical Research Scholars program, a program designed to support and mentor junior faculty committed to pursuing careers in academic medicine as independently funded, clinical and translational investigators.

In addition, he serves as a faculty advisor for the CTSI’s Regulatory and Support group, which aims to facilitate regulatory knowledge and compliance related to clinical and translational research across CTSI partner organizations.

Dr. Spellecy has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in the area of research ethics, informed consent, ethical issues in psychiatry, and community involvement in research. He has advised the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute regarding engaging patients in the peer review process, the Association of American Medical Colleges on IRBs and community based research, and testified before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics regarding the use of clinical data for research, and served on the Association of American Medical Colleges working group on IRBs and community based research.

He currently chairs an Institutional Review Board at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and recently completed an NIH funded national study evaluating a novel, easier to read informed consent form for BMT trials. He also works on character for the Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education.

Outside of work, Dr. Spellecy enjoys spending time with his family, fly fishing, and cycling.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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