Ethical dilemmas arrive in all shapes and sizes, and can affect many personal domains: health/medicine, business, career, finance, and family.
The field of ethics provides educated and skilled practitioners to aid those who are in the midst of an ethical crisis. Ethicists also work with clients to offer proactive steps to avoid ethical conflict.
In practice since 2002 and formerly on staff at The Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Bramstedt has worked in the inpatient and outpatient setting, performing over 900 consultations involving a variety of topics (e.g., end of life, living wills, futility, transplant and organ donation, research protocol review, conflict of interest assessment, moral decision-making, conflict resolution). She has also been active in medical student education including curriculum creation and teaching, as well as elective supervision. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Bond University School of Medicine in Queensland, Australia.
She has worked with patients, family members, medical teams, IRBs, OPOs, the FDA, NIH, medical device companies, network television writers (e.g., ABC's "Private Practice"), and attorneys. Additionally, she has published over 75 articles in peer-reviewed medical and ethics journals, and she lectures nationally and internationally. Her philosophical practice certification is through the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (cert# CACC00045).
The 2nd Edition of Dr. Bramstedt's book, Finding Your Way: A Medical Ethics Handbook for Patients and Families released in 2012 (Hilton Publishing). Her book with co-author Rena Down, The Organ Donor Experience: Good Samaritans and the Meaning of Altruism (Rowman & Littlefield) released in Oct 2011. Both books have received excellent reviews.