Leah R. Eisenberg, JD, MA


Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics


E-mail: lreisenberg@uams.edu

Research Experience

I completed a fellowship in bioethics research at Mayo Clinic after earning a master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin. I joined the UAMS Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics in 2013. My education and experience give me unique insight into problems that arise at the intersection of law, medicine, and ethics. My research interests are ethics education, health policy, and improving informed consent and assent through the use of comics. I have worked with several illustrators and health care designers to develop such comics, and plans to study their efficacy with children next. I am also an experienced clinical ethicist, an IRB reviewer, and Director of Research Ethics at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. In that role, I handle calls to the institution’s research ethics consultation service and teaches most of the research ethics courses and lectures UAMS offers.  Additionally, I have been one of the co-leaders of the Addiction Research Ethics Series for UAMS trainees under the NIDA T32 training grant.

Recent Publications

LR Eisenberg. Minor Patient, Major Decisions: Caring for a Rural Child With Gender Dysphoria. American Journal of Bioethics 19(7): 64-65. July 2019.

LR Eisenberg. An Undocumented Immigrant with End-Stage Renal Disease. American Journal of Bioethics 19(1):80-81. Jan. 2019.

KM Miller, RD Coleman, LR Eisenberg, J Henriksen, JM Lantos, and EM Weiss. Unilateral Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy in a Severely Impaired Child. Pediatrics 142 (5): e20180131. 2018.

A Merrick, R Green, TV Cunningham, LR Eisenberg, and DM Hester. The Curricular Ethics Bowl: Answering Pedagogical Challenges. Teaching Ethics 17(2): 151-165. 2017

LR Eisenberg. Death Before Birth: The Ethical and Legal Landscape. The American Journal of Bioethics 17(7): 81-82. 2017.

A Merrick, R Green, TV Cunningham, LR Eisenberg, and DM Hester. Introducing the Medical Ethics Bowl. Cambridge Quartey of Healthcare Ethics 25(1):141-149. 2016.

LR Eisenberg. Research Involving Premature Infants: Timing is Everything.  American Journal of Bioethics 15(4): April 2015.

LR Eisenberg, TV Cunningham, and DM Hester. Closure but No Cigar. American Journal of Bioethics 15(1): January 2015.

JM Henriksen Hellyer and LR Eisenberg, The Right to Be Wrong? Is There a Responsibility to Ensure That Patients Act on Accurate Information? American Journal of Bioethics, 14(7): July 2014.