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Building Consensus Out of Crisis


Ariel Clatty '13 HPA
Medical Ethicist, UPMC Presbyterian and Shadyside Hospitals

Lecture Details

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ruth Pike Auditorium, 22 Biobehavioral Health Building [map]


The event is free and open to the public.

About Ariel

Ariel Clatty graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Administration, and now serves as a Medical Ethicist for UPMC Presbyterian and Shadyside Hospitals in Pittsburgh. Immediately after graduation from Penn State, she worked full time as a unit coordinator at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital while pursuing a master’s and Ph.D. from Duquesne University in medical ethics, completing a clinical ethics residency at the Cleveland Clinic.

As lead Medical Ethicist, Dr. Clatty completes clinical ethical consultations, often on the topics of informed consent and healthcare advocacy, teaches medical students and residents, and mentors ethics fellows. She routinely provides ethics education to staff of all disciplines at the hospital, having built Medical Ethics Committees on both campuses. She also developed the “Ethics and Patient Safety Lunch and Learn” monthly series, which provides opportunities for the healthcare team to learn, interact, and role play difficult ethical dilemmas. Dr. Clatty is currently working with emergency department physicians and nurses to develop a novel approach towards treating patients suffering from opioid addiction.

Dr. Clatty is a volunteer in her local community, serving on the board of directors of the Human Milk Bank Science Institute and Biobank, advising the Biobank’s scientist to ensure their research is being held to ethical standards. She also volunteers for the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy and the local YMCA, where she teaches gymnastics and swimming lessons.


Distinguished Speaker Series

The Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series was established by the Board of Directors of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society in order to feature prominent graduates of the college who are leaders in their fields. The board's mission is to facilitate and promote the participation of alumni in activities that support the college's pursuit of excellence.