Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education
Ryan Spellecy, PhD

Ryan Spellecy, PhD

Member, Community & Institutional Engagement Pillar, Kern Institute


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

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Academic Appointments/Other Titles

  • Ursula von der Ruhr Chair in Bioethics
  • Professor, Bioethics and Medical Humanities and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Dr. Spellecy has a background in research ethics, informed consent, ethical issues in psychiatry, and community involvement in research. He works primarily on character in the Kern Institute and nationally with our NTN partners, seeking to define character in medical education so that we can measure character and ultimately, create conditions under which good character can flourish.

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Research Experience

  • Advance Directive Adherence
  • Advance Directives
  • Advisory Committees
  • Beneficence
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Bioethics
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill
  • Consent Forms
  • Education, Distance
  • Education, Graduate
  • Educational Technology
  • Ethical Review

Leadership Positions

  • Chair, Frodert Memorial Lutheran Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin IRB #2

MCW Program / Core Facilities

  • CTSI

Community Partnerships

  • United Community Center
  • Walnut Way