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Emily Largent, JD, PhD, RN

Emily Largent, JD, PhD, RN

Emanuel & Robert Hart Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics | Secondary Appointment at Penn Law | Greenwall Faculty Scholar | CHIBE-affiliated faculty member


Emily Largent, JD, PhD, RN, is the Emanuel and Robert Hart Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics. She holds a secondary appointment at Penn Law, and she is a CHIBE-affiliated faculty member, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Dr. Largent’s work explores ethical and regulatory aspects of human subjects research with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease research.  Her work is supported by a K01 career development award from the National Institute on Aging.  In 2020, Dr. Largent was named a Greenwall Faculty Scholar, Class of 2023.  Her faculty scholar project, “Autonomy on the Precipice of Cognitive Decline,” seeks to understand how our evolving understanding of Alzheimer’s disease affects patients and their families. Dr. Largent’s work has been published in leading journals, including The Hastings Center Report, American Journal of Bioethics, New England Journal of Medicine, and JAMA Neurology. She co-authored Clinical Research Ethics Consultation: A Casebook (Oxford University Press).


Dr. Largent studied Science, Technology, and International Affairs as an undergraduate at Georgetown University and earned a second degree in nursing from Penn Nursing. She received her PhD in Health Policy, with a concentration in ethics, from Harvard University and her JD from Harvard Law School. Dr. Largent was previously a fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (2008-2010) and clerked for Chief Judge Jeffrey Howard of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (2016-2017) before coming to Penn.


A full list of Dr. Largent’s publications can be found here