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Nanette Elster, JD, MPH

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Email: nelster@luc.edu

About

Nanette Elster, JD, MPH, is an associate professor at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She is an active educator in the graduate program, teaching a variety of courses in areas related to law, pediatrics, oral health, genetics, and professionalism.  She also supervises the graduate program’s writing courses, master's capstone course, and doctoral capstone courses.

She has extensive experience in legal, public health and ethical issues related to women’s and children’s health. She has spoken nationally and internationally and is the author of numerous articles on the legal, health policy and ethical implications of a range of public health issues. She has appeared on such media staples as CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show, NPR and Chicago Tonight. More recently, she has been quoted in ForbesInsider, and The Cut, and BMJ.

She served for many years as the chair of the Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law for the American Bar Association and was the Manager of Ethics Outreach for the Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs of the American Dental Association. She is the legal consultant to the Committee on Bioethics for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also serves on the board of the Alliance for Fertility Preservation. She was elected in 2016 to serve on the executive board of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). In 2020, she was elected to a two-year term as board member of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC); she was re-elected in 2022 for another two-year term. She is currently a member of the ethics committee of NorthShore University Health System. She was the content director for the American College of Dentists and served as the editor for the Journal of the American College of Dentists.

In 2017, she received an honorary fellowship to the American College of Dentists. This is bestowed on individuals who do not hold a dental degree but have significantly advanced the profession of oral health and have shown exceptional leadership in areas such as education, research, public health, administration, public service, or related fields of health care. This is the highest honor the ACD awards to non-dentists.


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Degrees

  • JD, Loyola University, School of Law, Chicago, IL
  • MPH, Boston University, School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Courses Taught

  • BEHL 408 Ethics, Genetics & Health Policy
  • BEHL 420 Advanced Topics in Bioethics and Law
  • BEHL 427 Professionalism & Professional Ethics
  • BEHL 428 Writing and Scholarship Skills
  • BEHL 429 Pediatric Ethics
  • BEHL 434 Oral Health Ethics
  • BEHL 423 Doctoral Capstone I
  • BEHL 424 Doctoral Capstone II
  • BEHL 492 Master's Research Capstone
  • BEHL 491 Bioethics of Pandemics and Public Health Preparedness
  • BEHL 491 Bioethics of Film and Television

Selected Publications

PUBLICATIONS

PRESENTATIONS

  • April 12, 2024
    Ethical, Legal, and Social Challenges for Neurodivergent Adults in our Communities
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, PhD, JD, HEC-C
    31st Annual Interprofessional Healthcare Ethics Conference, Center for Bioethics & Health Law, University of Pittsburgh
  • February 29, 2024
    Engaging with Neurodiversity Narratives in Healthcare
    Speakers: Samantha Chipman, MA; Melanie Gregg, PhD; Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD, HEC-C
    The Person in Front of You: 2024 Gold Humanism Summit, Atlanta GA
  • February 24, 2024
    Disability Health Justice Panel: The Need for Medical-Dental Integration - One Educational Step in the Process
    Speakers: Emily Carnes, M4; Carla Hanna, M4; Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD, HEC-C
    Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, OH
  • February 1, 2024
    Ethical, Legal, and Social Challenges for Neurodivergent Adults in our Communities
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, PhD, JD, HEC-C
    MCPHS Center for Health Humanities, Boston, MA
  • November 2, 2023
    Autistic and Neurodiverse Adolescents Transitioning to Adulthood: Legal and Ethical Issues
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD, HEC-C
    Illinois Statewide Transitional Conference, Bloomington-Normal, IL
  • October 18, 2023
    Disability Justice: Our Ethical Commitments
    Speaker: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • October 14, 2023
    Thought Leader Break - Medical-Dental Integration: A Matter of Social Justice
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Cheryl Austin Casnoff
    ASBH 25th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD
  • September 27, 2023
    Law and Ethics: Complementary, Competing, or Conflicting?
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
    Christus Health Ethics Webinar
  • June 9, 2023
    Educating Medical Students on Disability Health: Creating a New Disability Health Elective
    Speakers: Emily Carnes; Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
    Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC)
  • June 8, 2023
    Earned Mistrust: Involuntary (Permanent) Contraception in the US
    Speaker: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
    UIC Co-EMCH/IL LEND Alumni Virtual Book Club
  • June 7, 2023
    Neurodiverse and Autistic Adolescent Patients Transitioning to Adulthood: Legal and Ethical Issues
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
    Catholic Health Association: Emerging Topics in Catholic Health Care Ethics
  • May 20, 2023
    Oral Health Ethics: An Overview
    Speaker: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
    Indiana Dental Society Midwest Dental Assembly
  • April 6, 2023
    Legal and Ethical Challenges/Questions in Neurodiverse Pediatric Patients Transitioning to Adulthood
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
    Children's National Hospital Ethics Committee
  • April 4, 2023
    Oral Health Ethics: An Overview
    Speaker: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
    American Association of Orthodontists
  • March 31, 2023
    Communication in Healthcare: Ethical & Professionalism Challenges and Opportunities in Editing, Scholarly Writing and Social Media
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD; Earl Sewell, MFA
    Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
  • March 1, 2023
    The Impact of Dobbs Through an Historical Lens
    Speaker: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
    2023 Jaharis Symposium (Unplanned Obsolescence: Reproductive Health Care Technology's to a Changing Legal Landscape)
  • October 27, 2022
    The Ethics of Health Care Organizations’ Apologies for Systemic Racism
    Panel: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH, Lena Hatchett, PhD, Liz Stokes
    24th Annual ASBH Meeting, Portland, OR
  • October 21, 2022
    Lies, Damn Lies & Statistics: Professionalism & Health Care - Misinformation on Social Media
    Speakers: Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD; Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
    Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC)
  • October 13, 2022
    Making your Voice Heard: Challenges and Opportunities in Editing, Scholarly Writing, and Social Media
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Earl Sewell, MFA, Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
    American Association of Dental Editors & Journalists (AADEJ) Meeting, Houston, TX
  • March 16, 2022
    Ignatian Pedagogy and Student Advocacy
    Speakers: Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD; Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
    Ignatian Pedagogy Seminars, Loyola University Chicago
  • October 16, 2021
    Dental Ethics Through the Lens of Covid-19
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Erik G Klingman, DMD, MPH, MA; Carlos S Smith, DDS, MDiv
    ASBH Annual Meeting (Virtual)
  • February 27, 2021
    The Ethical Importance of Clear Communication in the Times of Public Health Crisis
    Speakers: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH; Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
    Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Annual Meeting
  • February 11, 2021
    From Autistic Savant to Autistic Sauvant: The Narrow Depiction of Autism in Film and Television
    Speakers: Kayhan Parsi, PhD, JD, Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
    Institute for Bioethics and Humanities, UTMB-Galveston