Susannah L. Rose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics


Dr. Susannah Rose is Core Faculty in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). She has a secondary appointment in the Department of Health Policy and is a Faculty Scholar in the Center for Health Services Research. Prior to VUMC, she was a Full Professional Staff (faculty) member at Cleveland Clinic, and she served in many leadership roles, including as the Director of Research for the Center of Bioethics, the Director of Research for Safety, Quality and Patient Experience, and the Associate Chief Experience Officer. She was also an Assistant Professor at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine and in the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Rose is also an Instructor at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she teaches public health ethics, including artificial intelligence ethics.

Dr. Rose earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University's Health Policy Program (with a concentration in Ethics) in 2010. Dr. Rose was a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) pre-doctoral research fellow; a Harvard Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Graduate Fellow; a Safra post-doctoral lab fellow; and she was also a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) through the Program in Cancer Research Outcomes Training (PCORT). Prior to her doctoral studies, she earned an MS in Bioethics from Union College/Albany Medical Center in 2006, and a MS in Social Work from Columbia University in 1998. Dr. Rose was a clinical social worker and researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

During her career, Dr. Rose has received multiple mentorship and teaching awards. She has published two books focused on helping patients and family members cope with cancer, and she has published and presented in academic venues on topics related to technology diffusion in healthcare, conflicts of interest in medicine, health policy ethics, and bioethics. Her publications have appeared in high-ranked peer-reviewed journals, such as: JAMA Internal Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM), The Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), PLOS One, American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), and The Hastings Center Report, and her book chapters on health policy ethics and end of life care have been published by the Oxford University Press. She frequently presents at peer-reviewed national and international conferences, and is invited to speak at conferences all over the world, including the United States, Sweden, Germany and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Her current research focuses upon the ethics and impact of medical technology innovations, including artificial intelligence in healthcare, improving patient experience, and developing data-driven approaches to improve patient care. Dr. Rose’s research has been generously funded by multiple funding sources, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, NIH’s Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) at Cleveland Clinic & Case Western Reserve University, and The Greenwall Foundation, in addition to internal Cleveland Clinic funding sources.