Abram Brummett, Ph.D., HEC-C

Assistant Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies

An image of Abram BrummettAbram Brummett joined Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in May of 2020 as an assistant professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies. He teaches medical humanities and clinical bioethics to medical students, as well as serving on the scholarship and curriculum committees. Dr. Brummett also serves as a clinical ethics consultant for Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest health care system.

Dr. Brummett recently completed a clinical ethics fellowship in the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. Prior to his time in Albany, he received his PhD in Health Care Ethics from Saint Louis University. Dr. Brummett also has a M.A in history from Murray State University, and a M.A. in philosophy from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is among the first to receive a certification in clinical ethics consultation (HEC-C) from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, an organization with which he is also a member.

 Dr. Brummett does research on the question of clinical ethics expertise, which asks whether clinical ethicists can make justified moral recommendations in philosophically contested medical contexts involving reproduction, child-rearing, sexuality, suffering, and death. Dr. Brummett also produces scholarship on the problem of conscientious objection in health care, neuroethics, and LGBTQ rights. His articles have appeared in publications such as The American Journal of Bioethics, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, The Journal of Clinical Ethics, HEC Forum, Clinical Ethics, Bioethics, and The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

Prior to his work in bioethics, Dr. Brummett served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kosrae Micronesia where he taught philosophy, history, and English at the College of Micronesia, and did a lot of fishing. He enjoys most games, some dogs, and participating in the occasional American Civil War re-enactment.

Contact Information:

Office: 446 O’Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-3618
Email: abrummett@oakland.edu

Specialties:

 Clinical ethics, ethics expertise, conscientious objection, neuroethics

Education:

Ph.D., Health Care Ethics with concentration in clinical ethics, Saint Louis University
M.A., Philosophy, University of Missouri-St. Louis
M.A., History, Murray State University

Research Interests:

Medical Humanities and Bioethics