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Barbra Bluestone Rothschild, M.D.

Lecturer, Core Faculty, Master's of Bioethics

Barbra Bluestone Rothschild, M.D. is an internist with a research interest in human subjects research ethics and in community engagement. Her research interests, in part funded with support from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) ELSI program, have included early phase clinical trial research, the concept of ownership of biologic samples collected for research, and the notion of consent in human subjects research. In 2006 her involvement with community outreach regarding science, research, and ethics resulted in a year-long contract with NHGRI to develop a model community engagement plan around genetics. Dr. Rothschild taught medical ethics, healthcare financing, and research ethics in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2001 to 2008. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center in Garrison, N.Y. studying the moral underpinnings of healthcare finance decision-making. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


  • M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill