Abram Brummett, Ph.D., HEC-C

Assistant Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies

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Abram Brummett joined Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in May 2020 as an assistant professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies. He teaches medical humanities and clinical bioethics to medical students and serves on the scholarship and curriculum committees. Dr. Brummett also serves as a clinical ethics consultant for Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital.

Before joining the medical school, Dr. Brummett completed a clinical ethics fellowship at the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. Prior to his time in Albany, he received his PhD in Health Care Ethics from Saint Louis University. Dr. Brummett also has an M.A. in history from Murray State University and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is among the first to receive a certification in clinical ethics consultation (HEC-C) from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, an organization with which he is also a member.

Dr. Brummett researches clinical ethics expertise, which asks whether clinical ethicists can make justified moral recommendations in the medical context. Dr. Brummett also produces scholarship on the problem of conscientious objection in health care, neuroethics, ethical deception, and LGBTQ rights. His articles have appeared in publications such as the Hastings Center Report, Annals of Internal Medicine, The American Journal of Bioethics, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, The Journal of Clinical Ethics, Bioethics, and The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

Prior to his work in bioethics, Dr. Brummett served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kosrae Micronesia, where he taught philosophy, history, and English at the College of Micronesia and did a lot of fishing. He enjoys most games, some dogs, and participating in the occasional American Civil War re-enactment.

Contact Information:

Office: 446 O’Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-3618
Email: [email protected]


 Clinical ethics, ethics expertise, conscientious objection, neuroethics


Ph.D., Health Care Ethics with concentration in clinical ethics, Saint Louis University
M.A., Philosophy, University of Missouri-St. Louis
M.A., History, Murray State University

Research Interests:

Medical Humanities and Bioethics