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Dr Katrina Bramstedt  

PhD, MA, BS,

Dr Katrina Bramstedt
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Bond University QLD 4229


Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

Office Telephone Number
Within Australia:
From overseas:

7 559 55517
+61 7 559 55517
Closest Fax Number
Within Australia:
From overseas:

7 559 51652
+61 7 559 51652
Building Level: 2
Building: 5. Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Location: Bond University
Professional Biography
Associate Professor, Lead, Ethics & Professionalism. Dr. Bramstedt is a clinical ethicist with over 10 years inpatient and outpatient experience. Formerly on staff at the Cleveland Clinic, her specialty foci are dilemmas occurring in transplant medicine and ICU care ( She has performed over 800 ethics consultations, written 80+ peer-reviewed journal articles, and authored several books, including Finding Your Way: A Medical Ethics Handbook for Patients and Families (Hilton Publishing, 2012); and The Organ Donor Experience: Good Samaritans and the Meaning of Altruism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). She has created and taught numerous courses in bioethics for medical students.
Doctor of Philosophy - Monash University Faculty of Medicine
Master of Arts - Loma Linda University (USA)
Bachelor of Science - Loma Linda University (USA)
Professional admission & memberships

The Transplantation Society

International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society

Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.

Other professional appointments

Editorial Consultant - The Lancet

Associate Editor - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Editorial Board Member - Progress in Transplantation

Recent Keynote Addresses
  • Good Samaritan living donation in Australia
    Joint Congress of the International Transplant Nurses Society and the Italian Society for Safety and Quality in Transplantation,
  • Good Samaritan living donation in Australia
    3rd Congress on Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Transplantation (Rotterdam), European Society for Organ Transplantation
Teaching expertise
clinical ethics, bioethics, research ethics, health law
Subject list

MBBS11-YR1 MBBS Year One

MBBS12-YR2 MBBS Year Two

MBBS13-YR3 MBBS Year Three

Teaching awards

Cleveland Clinic Bernard A. Loeschen Pastoral Care Award (2005)

Research interests & research expertise

living organ donation, deceased organ donation, composite tissue allografting, medical tourism, medical education, medical implants, research ethics

Recent research grants

Division of Transplant Ethics (CPMC Foundation)

Exploring the Ethical Complexities of Transplant Tourism (NATCO)

Research partners & collaborators

Dr. Richard Fatica - Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Andrew Cameron - Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Gerdi Weidner - San Francisco State University

Dr. Patricia Rehfield - Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Blumenthal Barby - Baylor College of Medicine

Katrina A. Bramstedt
(Link to personal researcher page)

Recent Publications
  • Optimising the documentation practices of an Ethics Consultation Service
  • China: A case study regarding transplant publishing issues
  • The silence of Good Samaritan kidney donation in Australia: a survey of hospital websites
  • The use of visual arts as a window to diagnosing medical pathologies
  • Medical boards and fitness to practice: The case of Teleka Patrick, MD
  • The donor application: Utilizing social media to identify potential live donors
  • Smoke and mirrors: unanswered questions and misleading statements obscure the truth about organ sources in China
  • International access to clinical ethics consultation via telemedicine
  • Smoking status at time of listing for a heart transplant predicts mortality on the waiting list: A multicenter prospective observational study
  • Technology- and policy-based strategies for increasing supply of deceased donor livers