Ana Iltis has been in the Department of Health Care Ethics since January, 2003 after receiving her PhD in Philosophy from Rice University. She is an Associate Professor of Health Care Ethics with Tenure and is PhD Program Director.
A popular teacher famous for her 4 a.m. emails to students, Dr. Iltis thinks her job is a perfect fit. "I’m really happy here," she says. "This is why I went to grad school, to study philosophy and do bioethics. I enjoy working with graduate students; it is a privilege to work with people as they solidify their career paths."
Dr. Iltis focuses primarily on research ethics and has served on the IRB at Saint Louis University since her arrival. I’m interested in vulnerable populations in research,” she says, “particularly children and people with limited English proficiency. The Department now has two fluent Spanish speakers on the faculty and I’m excited to see us build on our research in that area."
Dr. Iltis is also involved in the Department of Health Care Ethics’ collaboration with the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS). The ICTS houses the Center for Clinical Research Ethics, which is tasked with providing research ethics education and consultation for the multi-million dollar NIH-funded Institute as well as conducting and supporting research on research ethics. As part of her duties in the ICTS, Dr. Iltis teaches a course on research ethics to pre- and post-doctorate fellows and Career Development Award recipients.
"Even though the course is a requirement for their funding, the feedback we get has been tremendously positive," she says. "One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching the course is watching participants translate course material to their own studies and thoughtfully engage questions of how best to design and conduct research in their own area."
Dr. Iltis is active in professional organizations such as the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and in bioethics publishing. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics with Sandra Johnson, J.D., LL.M., Emerita Professor of Law and Health Care Ethics, and is Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Her most recent edited books include Research Ethics (Routledge 2006) and Legal Perspectives on Bioethics (Routledge 2007).