Berlinger, Nancy

Nancy Berlinger is a research scholar at The Hastings Center, an interdisciplinary, nonprofit, nonpartisan bioethics research  institution, whose scholarship focuses on ethical challenges in health care work and on related societal challenges. Her special interests include population aging; health care access and social integration for migrants; problems of safety and harm in health care systems, and treatment decision-making and care for seriously ill people and near the end of life. Her books include After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness (Johns Hopkins, 2005); The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life (with Bruce Jennings and Susan M. Wolf, Oxford, 2013); and Are Workarounds Ethical? Managing Moral Problems in Health Care Systems (Oxford, 2016). She was a resident at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation in 2018 for a book project on migrants as social citizens of urban societies. She co-founded and co-directs The Hastings Center’s Undocumented Patients project, directs the Center’s Visiting Scholar program, and serves on the editorial committee of the Hastings Center Report. She teaches an interdisciplinary course on migration at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY) and serves on the Bioethics Committee of Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY) and on Montefiore’s Ethics Review Committees for hospice access for patients alone. She is a graduate of Smith College and earned a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Glasgow. She also received a M.Div., with a focus on ethics, from Union Theological Seminary.