Catherine Hammack-Aviran

Catherine Hammack-Aviran

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law

Catherine Hammack-Aviran is a lawyer and empirical bioethicist who has collaborated on dozens of studies in bioethics and law, regulation, and policy in the biomedical arena, including over 15 NIH-funded studies. She has published peer-reviewed research on a wide range of topics, including unregulated mHealth research, international direct-to-participant genomic research, and legal protections in precision medicine research. Professor Hammack-Aviran is currently a Co-Investigator on a federally-funded study investigating conflict of law issues in multi-site biomedical research and is an invited expert on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Brain Trust for the national All of Us Research Program. As a Research Director for the Office of Medical Student Research and a graduate-level Course Director at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Professor Hammack-Aviran teaches, trains, and mentors medical students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and medical professionals in qualitative research and ethical, legal, and societal issues. Examples of additional active research topics include “medical neglect” in pediatric oncology, trauma surgeons’ decision-making in resuscitation for organ retrieval, and genomic research using sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data of LGBTQ+ individuals.Read more »


Catherine Hammack-Aviran
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