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Anne D. Lyerly, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Faculty Associate, Center for the Study of Medical Ethics and Humanities

Office Location:  239 Baker House
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  • M.D. Duke University 1995
  • Medical Doctor Duke University 1995

Research Interests:

Her scholarly and teaching interests focus primarily on bioethics and health policy, specifically issues regarding women's health, reproductive medicine, and applications of feminist theory. During her recent tenure as a Greenwall Fellow, her research and writing addressed a range of issues, including the ethics of decisions regarding hormone replacement therapy, HIV in women, research in reproductive medicine including maternal-fetal surgery and the assisted reproductive technologies, and methodology in case-based approaches to issues in obstetrics and gynecology. She is interested in continuing work in these areas, and as a faculty member at Duke, is planning to begin a research project examining individuals' attitudes regarding the disposition of their own cryopreserved embryos. Ultimately she plans to broaden this endeavor into an examination of individuals' attitudes regarding research on their own products of conception (for example, in their use as sources of stem cells or for research regarding preimplantation genetic diagnosis or manipulation). She also will continue ongoing theoretical work regarding childbirth practices in the United States. She is interested in teaching at an undergraduate or graduate level in the areas of feminist bioethics and approaches to ethics in reproductive medicine.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. AD Lyerly, MO Little, RR Faden. "The National Children's Study: a golden opportunity to advance the health of pregnant women.." American journal of public health, United States 99:10 (October, 2009): 1742-5.  [abs]
  2. H Minkoff, AD Lyerly. ""Doctor, what would you do?".." Obstetrics and gynecology, United States 113:5 (May, 2009): 1137-9.  [abs]
  3. Obstetrics and Gynecology Risk Research Group, R Kukla, M Kuppermann, M Little, AD Lyerly, LM Mitchell, EM Armstrong, L Harris. "Finding autonomy in birth.." Bioethics, England 23:1 (January, 2009): 1-8.  [abs]
  4. AD Lyerly, K Steinhauser, C Voils, E Namey, C Alexander, B Bankowski, R Cook-Deegan, WC Dodson, E Gates, ES Jungheim, PG McGovern, ER Myers, B Osborn, W Schlaff, J Sugarman, JA Tulsky, D Walmer, RR Faden, E Wallach. "Fertility patients' views about frozen embryo disposition: results of a multi-institutional U.S. survey.." Fertility and sterility  (December, 2008).  [abs]
  5. MO Little, AD Lyerly, LM Mitchell, EM Armstrong, LH Harris, R Kukla, M Kuppermann. "Mode of delivery: toward responsible inclusion of patient preferences.." Obstetrics and gynecology, United States 112:4 (October, 2008): 913-8.  [abs]
  6. AD Lyerly, MO Little, RR Faden. "A critique of the 'fetus as patient'.." The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, United States 8:7 (July, 2008): 42-4; discussion W4-6.
  7. "Lyerly AD, Little M, Faden R.  The Second Wave:  Toward Responsible Inclusion of Pregnant Women in Research.  International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 2008; 1(2):5-22.."   (2008).
  8. AD Lyerly, MO Little, R Faden. "The second wave: Toward responsible inclusion of pregnant women in research.." International journal of feminist approaches to bioethics 1:2 (2008): 5-22.  [abs]
  9. AD Lyerly, RR Faden. "Embryonic stem cells. Willingness to donate frozen embryos for stem cell research.." Science (New York, N.Y.), United States 317:5834 (July, 2007): 46-7.
  10. AD Lyerly, LM Mitchell, EM Armstrong, LH Harris, R Kukla, M Kuppermann, MO Little. "Risks, values, and decision making surrounding pregnancy.." Obstetrics and gynecology, United States 109:4 (April, 2007): 979-84.  [abs]
  11. AD Lyerly, K Steinhauser, E Namey, JA Tulsky, R Cook-Deegan, J Sugarman, D Walmer, R Faden, E Wallach. "Factors that affect infertility patients' decisions about disposition of frozen embryos.." Fertility and sterility, United States 85:6 (June, 2006): 1623-30.  [abs]
  12. BJ Bankowski, AD Lyerly, RR Faden, EE Wallach. "The social implications of embryo cryopreservation.." Fertility and sterility, United States 84:4 (October, 2005): 823-32.  [abs]
  13. J Kurtzberg, AD Lyerly, J Sugarman. "Untying the Gordian knot: policies, practices, and ethical issues related to banking of umbilical cord blood.." The Journal of clinical investigation, United States 115:10 (October, 2005): 2592-7.  [abs]
  14. "Lyerly AD.  Shame, Gender and Birth.  Hypatia.  Winter 2005, in press.."   (2005).
  15. AD Lyerly, RR Faden. "HIV and assisted reproductive technology: women and healthcare policy.." The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, United States 3:1 (2003): 41-3.
  16. "Lyerly, AD, Anderson, J. Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Assisted Reproduction: Reconsidering Evidence, Reframing Ethics. Fertil Steril 2001; 75:843-58.."   (2001).
  17. "Lyerly, AD, Gates, E, Cefalo, RC, Sugarman, J. Toward the Ethical Evaluation and Use of Maternal-Fetal Surgery. Obstet Gynecol 2001, 98:689-97.."   (2001).
  18. AD Lyerly, P Schwartz. "Is the patient always right?." The Hastings Center report, United States 34:2 (): 13; discussion 13-4.
  19. AD Lyerly, MO Little, RR Faden. "Pregnancy and clinical research.." The Hastings Center report, United States 38:6 (): inside back cover.

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