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Pamela L. Sankar, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Bioethics
  • Office: 215.898.7136
  • Fax: 215.573.3036
  • Email: sankarp@upenn.edu

Biosketch

Pamela Sankar, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sankar has a BA from the University of Michigan in History of Ideas. She began her graduate training in Anthropology and Communications at Boston University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. She pursued post-doctoral training in health services research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine with a fellowship awarded by the Veteran's Administration. Dr. Sankar's research interests have included medical privacy and confidentiality, ethical and cultural implications of genetic research, research ethics, and genetics and race. Dr. Sankar's research and scholarship have been funded by the Ayer Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation, and National Institutes of Health.

Selected Publications

Sankar, P: 

2012. Forensic DNA Phenotyping: Continuity and Change in the History of Race, Genetics, and Policing in Genetics and the Unsettled Past, eds Keith Wailoo Alondra Nelson Catherine Lee, Rutgers University Press, 2012.

Sankar, P:

2010. "Forensic DNA Phenotyping: Reinforcing Race in Law Enforcement." In What's the Use of Race? Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference, eds. Ian Whitmarsh and David S. Jones. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Caulfield, T, Fullerton, SM, Ali-Khan, SE, Arbour,L, Burchard, EG, Cooper, RS, Hardy, B, Harry, S, Hyde-Lay, R, Kahn, J, Kittles, R, Koenig, BA, Lee, SS-J, Malinowski, M, Ravitsky, V, Sankar, P, Scherer, SW, Séguin, B, Shickle, D, Suarez-Kurtz, G, Daar, AS:

2009. Race and ancestry in biomedical research: exploring the challenges. Genome Medicine 1(1): 8.

Caulfield, T, Fullerton, SM, Ali-Khan, SE, Arbour,L, Burchard, EG, Cooper, RS, Hardy, B, Harry, S, Hyde-Lay, R, Kahn, J, Kittles, R, Koenig, BA, Lee, SS-J, Malinowski, M, Ravitsky, V, Sankar, P, Scherer, SW, Séguin, B, Shickle, D, Suarez-Kurtz, G, Daar, AS:

2009. Race and ancestry in biomedical research: exploring the challenges. Genome Medicine 1(1): 8.

Karlawish, J, Rubright, J, Casarett, D, Cary, M, TenHave, T, Sankar, P: 

2009. Older adults’ attitudes toward enrollment of non-competent subjects participating in Alzheimer’s Research. American Journal of Psychiatry 166(2): 182-8.

Sankar, P:

2008. "Moving Beyond the Two-Race Mantra." In Revisiting Race and Ethnicity in the Genomic Age, eds. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee and Barbara Koenig. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Hull Sara Chandros, Sharp Richard R, Botkin Jeffrey R, Brown Mark, Hughes Mark, Sugarman Jeremy, Schwinn Debra, Sankar Pamela, Bolcic-Jankovic Dragana, Clarridge Brian R, Wilfond Benjamin S: 

2008. Patients' views on identifiability of samples and informed consent for genetic research. The American Journal of Bioethics 8(10): 62-70.

Henderson, G.E., Churchill, L.R., Davis, A.M., Easter, M.M., Grady, C., Joffe, S., Kass, N., King, N.M.P., Lidz, C.W., Miller, F.G., Nelson, D.K., Peppercorn, J., Rothschild, B.B., Sankar, P., Wilfond, B.S., Zimmer, C.R.: 

2007. Clinical trials and medical care: defining the therapeutic misconception. PLoS Medicine 4(11): e324.

Sankar, P., Jones, N.L., Karlawish, J.:

2007. Evaluating existing and emerging connections among interdisciplinary researchers. BioScience 57(11): 965-972.

Sankar, P., Kahn, J.:

2005. "BiDil (R): Race Medicine or Race Marketing." Health Affairs content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/hlthaff.w5.455v1, October 11 2005.

Sankar, P:

2004. "Communication and Miscommunication in Informed Consent to Research." Medical Anthropology Quarterly 18(4): 429-446.

Sankar, P., Cho, M.K., Condit, C.M., Hunt, L.M., Koenig, B., Marshall, P. Lee, S.S., Spicer, P.:

2004. "Genetic Research and Health Dosparities." JAMA 297(24): 2985-9.

Education

University of Pennsylvania, PhD, Communications

University of Pennsylvania, MA, Communications

Boston University, MA, Anthropology

University of Michigan, BA, History of Ideas