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Anne Zimmerman, J.D., M.S., CIPP/US, CEET

Advisory Board Member, Bioethics; Editor-in-Chief, Voices in Bioethics; Founder and Chair, Innovative Bioethics Forum / Modern Bioethics; Chair, New York City Bar Association Bioethical Issues Committee

Editor-in-Chief, Voices in Bioethics, Columbia University; Founder and Chair, Innovative Bioethics Forum / Modern Bioethics; Spring 2023 Colorado College Innovator in Residence; Chair, New York City Bar Association Bioethical Issues Committee


Zimmerman, A. Harm Reduction: A Weak Justification for Obesity Drugs and Surgery. Bioethics Today (American Journal of Bioethics blog), October 23, 2023.

Zimmerman, A. Our System for Reporting Child Abuse is Unethical. Hastings Center Forum, September 29, 2023

Zimmerman, A., Janhonen, J. and Beer, E., Human/AI relationships: challenges, downsides, and impacts on human/human relationships. AI Ethics (2023). 

Zimmerman, A., Janhonen, J. & Saadeh, M. Attention Span and Tech Autonomy as Moral Goods and Societal Necessities. Digital Society (2023).

Zimmerman, A. Politicizing Deference to the FDA Considering the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine Cases. Notice and Comment Blog, Yale Journal on Regulation. April 17, 2023.

Zimmerman, A. (primary drafter). “Human Organ Supply: Report on Ethical Considerations and Breaches in Organ Harvesting Practices.” Committee Report, New York City Bar Association. March 2023.

Zimmerman, A. Medicine, Power, and the Law: Exploring a Pipeline to Injustice. July 28, 2022. Ethics International Press: Cambridge, UK.

Zimmerman, A. “Medicalization’s Opportunity Costs: A Critique of Societal Acceptance of ADHD”, Deconstructing ADHD: Mental Disorder or Social Construct?, edited by Eric Maisel. Ethics International Press: Cambridge, UK, 2022. Link here.

Zimmerman, A. “Vigilante Grocers: Temperature Screening Ethics”, Ethical Implications of COVID-19 Management: Evaluating the Aftershock, edited by Eleftheria Egel and Cheryl Patton. Ethics International Press: Cambridge, UK, 2022. Link here.

Morrissey, M.B., Zimmerman, A., and Purvis Lively, C., “Radicalizing Aging Theory for a Participatory Democracy: Critical Reflective Praxis of Phenomenology as Enacted Activism,” Routledge International Handbook of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, edited by Brent D. Slife, Stephen C. Yanchar, and Frank C. Richardson (Routledge, 2022). Link here.

Zimmerman, A., Janhonen, J., Saadeh, M. et al. Values in AI: bioethics and the intentions of machines and people. AI and Ethics (2022).

Zimmerman, A. “Barcode Me,” American Journal of Bioethics Blog, June 3, 2021.

Zimmerman, A. “On the Wrong Track: The Societal Risks of Ending Religious Exemptions,” American Journal of Bioethics Blog, April 29, 2021.

Zimmerman, A. “Patriotism, Rights, and Vaccination,” American Journal of Bioethics Blog, April 2, 2021.

Zimmerman, A. “COVID-19 and an Outbreak of Civil Unrest,” American Journal of Bioethics Blog, June 2, 2020.

Zimmerman, A. “No New Crimes: COVID-19 Social Distancing Failures Should Not Be Punishable by Law,” Café Bioethics, July 13, 2020.

Zimmerman, A. and Morrissey, M. (primary drafters), “Call for Measures to Ensure Health, Human Rights and Public Health Protections for Detained Immigrant Women,” Committee Report, New York City Bar Association, February 23, 2021.

Voices in Bioethics Columbia University (Contributing Editor, September 2019-January 2020; Contributing and Managing Editor January 2020-July 2020; and Editor-in-Chief July 2020)

Zimmerman, A. “Forced Organ Harvesting: Expanding the Dead Donor Rule”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 9, Mar. 2023, doi:10.52214/vib.v9i.11007.

Zimmerman, A. “Religious Exemptions: Application of Employment Division v. Smith to COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 7, Nov. 2021, doi:10.52214/vib.v7i.8814.

Zimmerman, A. “The Trauma of Disregard: Doing Justice to Parental Healthcare Values in Conflicts in Pediatric Medical Care”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 7, Oct. 2021, doi:10.52214/vib.v7i.8810.

Zimmerman, A. “Weeding Out Disingenuous Emergency Orders: A Consistent Ethical Justification to Determine Whether to Apply Jacobson V. Massachusetts’ Deferential Approach or the Tiered Scrutiny That Would Apply Absent an Emergency”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 7, Mar. 2021, doi:10.7916/vib.v7i.8037.

Zimmerman, A. “Public Policy Through the Lens of Necessity: Post-Death Organ Donation”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 7, Jan. 2021, doi:10.7916/vib.v7i.7859.

Zimmerman, A. ““Salvage” over ‘Demolition’: Saving the ACA Post Ruth Bader Ginsburg”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 6, Sept. 2020, doi:10.7916/vib.v6i.7094.

Zimmerman, A. “The California Gig Economy Law: Just How Far Will Employers Go to Avoid Providing Health Insurance?”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 6, Sept. 2020, doi:10.7916/vib.v6i.6961.

Zimmerman, A. “Federal Troops in the Portland, Oregon Protests: Race, Authoritarianism, and a Posse Comitatus Act Violation”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 6, July 2020, doi:10.7916/vib.v6i.6765.

Zimmerman, A. “A Reflection on Voices in Bioethics, COVID-19, and a New Website”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 6, July 2020, doi:10.7916/vib.v6i.6662.

Zimmerman, A. “Economics and the Value of Human Life: The Priority Narrative in Public Health Ignores Secondary Health Effects Influenced by the Economy”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 6, June 2020, doi:10.7916/vib.v6i.6430.

Zimmerman, A. “Vigilante Grocers: Is Temperature Screening of Customers by Retailers an Ethical and Valuable Restriction on Privacy and Freedom?”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 6, Apr. 2020, doi:10.7916/vib.v6i.5833.

Zimmerman, A. “At the Intersection of Public and Private Morality: An Ethical Framework for Aggressive COVID-19 Policies”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 6, Apr. 2020, doi:10.7916/vib.v6i.5892.

Zimmerman, A. “The Precautionary Principle in Mask-Wearing: When Waiting for Explicit Scientific Evidence Is Unwise”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 6, Mar. 2020, doi:10.7916/vib.v6i.5896.

Zimmerman, A. “It Could Happen Again: Reducing Comorbidity as a Tactic for Long Term Preparation for Novel Viruses”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 6, Mar. 2020, doi:10.7916/vib.v6i.5900.

Zimmerman, A. “Marketing Madness: The Disingenuous Use of Free Speech by Big Data and Big Pharma to the Detriment of Medical Data Privacy”. Voices in Bioethics, vol. 6, Mar. 2020, doi:10.7916/vib.v6i.5901.

Archived Works in Columbia Academic Commons

Zimmerman, A. “Opting Out: The Importance of Parental Informed Refusals,” Report, Archived June 2021, Columbia University.  

Zimmerman, A. “Reframing the Healthcare Debate: Targeted Problems and Solutions,” Master’s Thesis, Archived April 2020, Columbia University.

Zimmerman, A. “Constitutional Essentials: Harnessing Public Reason to Prevent Government Intrusion on Abortion Rights,” Report, Spring, 2019, Archived May 2020, Columbia University.

Zimmerman, A. “Toward a Civilized Vaccination Discussion: Abandoning the False Assumption that Scientific Goals Are Shared by All,” Report, May 2020, Revised and Archived, February 2021, Columbia University.

Podcasts as Guest

Taugt Künstliche Intelligenz als bester Freund? (

Informed Consent in the Age of Big Data | RSA Conference

Negotiating the Ins and Outs of Parenting a Cancer Patient – Voices in Bioethics Podcast (

Podcasts as Host, Voices in Bioethics, Columbia University

Guardianship: Crimes and Ethical Violations with Dr. Sam Sugar

Neuroethics & Agency: A Discussion with Joshua May, PhD

Examining Technology with Michael Scroggins, PhD

Human Rights with Susie Hughes of the Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China

Critical Psychology and Psychiatry with Eric Maisel

Law and Bioethics with Kaitlin Puccio