Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education
Arthur Derse, MD, JD, FACEP

Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD

Member, Culture & Systems Pillar, Kern Institute


  • Kern Institute
    8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Suite M1990
    Milwaukee, WI 53226

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Academic Appointments/Other Titles

  • Julia and David Uihlein Chair in Medical Humanities
  • Professor, Bioethics and Emergency Medicine
  • Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Dr. Derse serves as a resource for professionalism, ethics and medical humanities in medical education. His work is essential to the culture and systems change that is vital to advance character, competence and caring.

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Research Experience

  • Advance Directives
  • Advisory Committees
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Bioethics
  • Codes of Ethics
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill
  • Curriculum
  • Defensive Medicine
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Disasters
  • Double Effect Principle
  • Education, Graduate

Clinical Expertise

  • Clinical Ethics Consultation
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Humanities
  • Law

Leadership Positions

  • Administrative Board Member, AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS)
  • Board Member and Secretary, Association of Bioethics Program Directors
  • Chair, Advocacy Committee, AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS)
  • Director, MCW Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
  • Director, MCW Medical Humanities Program
  • Former Board Member, American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • Former Chair, Veterans Health Affairs National Ethics Committee
  • Member and Former Chair, Ethics Committee, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Past President, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities