M. Sara Rosenthal, B.A., B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.
I. Home Address: 3005 Merideth Circle, Lexington, Kentucky 40513 Telephone: (859)-223-9969
University Appointment: Director, University of Kentucky Program for Bioethics and Patients’ Rights, and
Assistant Professor, Bioethics, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine,
and, College of Medicine Building, Lexington, KY 40536-0086. Direct line: (859) 257-9474/Fax: 859-323-5350.
INSTITUTION & LOCATION DEGREE YEAR FIELD
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON BA 1986 English Literature
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON B.Ed., OTC* 1996 English and Politics
*(Ontario Teacher’s Certificate)
University of Toronto Joint Centre For Bioethics MA 1999 Bioethics and
University of Toronto Joint Centre For Bioethics Ph.D. 2002 Bioethics and
Dissertation: “Socio-Ethical Issues of Prenatal Counselling: A Qualitative Study Of Women’s Experiences With Prenatal
Counselling In The Greater Toronto Area.”
III. Positions and Honors
Academic Positions and Employment
1997-1999:Consulting Bioethicist, Toronto Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinical Ethics Board
1997-1999: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, The University of Toronto
1999-2001, Doctoral Fellow, The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
1999-2001, Consulting Bioethicist, Clinical Case Consultation Committee
2000: Consulting Bioethicist, Clinical Ethics Committee, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, Ontario
2001: Consulting Bioethicist, Toronto Community Care Access Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2002: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Ontario Hospital Association, Toronto, Ontario
2003: Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky
2004: Director, University of Kentucky Program for Bioethics and Patients’ Rights
2005: Administrative Chair, Hospital Ethics Committee, University of Kentucky
Non-Academic Employment and Membership
1986-1993: Journalist and communications consultant
1990: Feature writer, Family Practice (numerous news articles).
1993-2002 Health journalist, author, and consumer health correspondent for Canadian media
1993-1994: Health columnist, Modern Woman magazine (Maclean Hunter).
1995-2002: Associate, University of Toronto Centre for Health Promotion, a WHO collaborating centre in health
1995-2002: Board Member, Cancer Prevention Interest Group, University of Toronto Centre for Health Promotion
1995: Board Member, Thyroid Federation International, an international consortium of patient thyroid organizations,
1996-2000: Contributing Editor, A Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding (Family Communications).
1997-2002, Contributing columnist, WebMD
2000-present: Board Member/Consulting Bioethicist, American Foundation for Thyroid Patients, Houston, Texas
2000, Review Board, Encyclopedia of Birth Control (Oryx Press, Arizona)
2000-Present: Founder, Patient Information website, Sarahealth.com, a consumer health website
2001-Present: Founder and Publisher of patient literature/ health books dedicated to orphan or stigmatizing diseases (Your
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Health Press; www.yourhealthpress.com)
2003-Present: Consulting Bioethicist, Safe Baby and Toddler Council (sponsored by EvenFlo)
2004:-Present: Consulting Bioethicist, The Thyroid Foundation of America
2005: Member, The American Thyroid Association
2005: Member, The Endocrine Society
2005: Member, The American Bioethics and Humanities Society
IV. Clinical Ethics Training and Experience
Areas of Expertise:
Informed consent and capacity to consent; confidentiality and disclosure; moral distress and truth-telling; access and
resource allocation; feminist bioethics; surrogate decision-making, advance directives, and end-of-life; ethics in homecare
and eldercare ethics; cultural issues.
Ethics Committee Service: 1997-2001 (Case consults, writing opinions/decisions, drafting guidelines and policies)
Toronto Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinical Ethics Board (gamete donor/disclosure issues; familial cancers;
prenatal and delivery distress; termination decisions)
Clinical Case Consultation Committee, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (complex case consults from 13
member hospitals, including Toronto’s pediatric, psychiatric, rehabilitation, geriatric, cancer, Catholic, and community
Clinical Ethics Committee, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto, Ontario (DNR; dementia, end-of-life; surrogacy)
Ethics Consultation for non-hospital Health Organizations: 2001-2002
Toronto Community Care Access Centre (Homecare and nursing ethics, community health ethics, public health ethics)
The Ontario Hospital Association (policy and guidelines affecting healthcare providers and resource allocation)
EvenFlo Safe Baby and Toddler Council (recommendations for prenatal counseling, postpartum counseling and support)
Ethics Consultation for Patient Organizations: 2000-Present (Case consults, patient education, assessing medical error or
compromised patient care, patient and family member education)
The American Foundation for Thyroid Patients
The Thyroid Foundation of America
Books for Patients (listed chronologically)
1. Rosenthal MS, 1993; 1995; 1996 (2nd edition); 1998 (3rd edition); 2000(4th edition): The Thyroid Sourcebook
(McGraw-Hill, New York). [Note: Spanish, Polish and Chinese editions, 2003]
2. Rosenthal MS, 1994; 1995; 1997 (2nd edition); 1999 (3rd edition); 2003 (4th edition): The Gynecological Sourcebook
(McGraw-Hill, New York).
3. Rosenthal MS, 1994; 1995; 1997 (2nd edition); 1999 (3rd edition): The Pregnancy Sourcebook (McGraw-Hill, New
4. Rosenthal MS, 1995; 1998 (revised edition); 1999 (2nd edition); 2002 (3rd edition): The Fertility Sourcebook
(McGraw-Hill, New York).
5. Rosenthal MS, 1995; 1998 (2nd edition); 2000 (3rd edition): The Breastfeeding Sourcebook (McGraw-Hill, New
York). [Note: Russian edition, 2004.]
6. Rosenthal MS, 1996; 1999 (2nd edition): The Breast Sourcebook (McGraw-Hill, New York). [Note: Arabic edtion,
7. Rosenthal MS, 1997; 1998: The Gastrointestinal Sourcebook (McGraw-Hill, New York).
8. Rosenthal MS, 1999; 2005 (2nd
edition): The Type 2 Diabetic Woman (McGraw-Hill, New York)
9. Rosenthal MS, 1999; 2004 (2nd edition): The Thyroid Sourcebook for Women (McGraw-Hill, New York).
10. Rosenthal MS, 2000: Women and Depression (McGraw-Hill, New York).
11. Rosenthal MS, 2000: Women of the Sixties Turning 50 (Penguin Books, Toronto).
12. Rosenthal MS, 2000: Women and Passion (Penguin Books, Toronto).
13. Rosenthal MS, 2000: 50 Ways To Prevent Colon Cancer (McGraw-Hill, New York).
14. Rosenthal MS 2000: 50 Ways To Prevent Women’s Heart Disease (McGraw-Hill, New York).
15. Rosenthal MS 2001: 50 Ways To Manage Heartburn, Reflux and Ulcer (McGraw-Hill, New York).
16. Rosenthal MS 2001: 50 Ways To Manage Type 2 Diabetes (McGraw-Hill, New York).
17. Rosenthal MS 2001: 50 Ways To Prevent and Manage Stress (McGraw-Hill, New York).
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18. Rosenthal MS, 2001: Managing PMS Naturally (Penguin Books, Toronto).
19. Rosenthal MS, 2001: Stopping Cancer At The Source (Your Health Press, Toronto)
20. Rosenthal, MS, 2001 Women and Unwanted Hair (Your Health Press, Toronto)
21. Rosenthal MS, 2001: The Hypothyroid Sourcebook (McGraw-Hill, New York)
22. Rosenthal MS 2002: 50 Ways To Fight Depression Without Drugs (McGraw-Hill, New York). [Chinese and Spanish
23. Rosenthal MS, 2002: Women Managing Stress (Penguin Books, Toronto).
24. Rosenthal MS, 2002; 2004 (2nd edition) The Canadian Type 2 Diabetes Sourcebook (Wiley & Sons, Toronto)
25. Rosenthal MS, 2002; 2003 (2nd edition): The Thyroid Cancer Book (Your Health Press, Toronto)
26. Rosenthal MS, 2002: Natural Woman’s Guide To Living With the Complications of Diabetes (New Page Books, New
27. Rosenthal MS, 2003: Gynecological Health, A Sourcebook for Canadian Women (Penguin Books, Toronto.)
28. Rosenthal MS, 2003, Natural Woman’s Guide To Hormone Replacement Therapy (New Page Books, New York)
29. Rosenthal MS, 2004: The Skinny On Fat (McClelland & Stewart, Toronto).
30. Rosenthal MS, and Kenneth B. Ain, 2005: The Complete Thyroid Book (McGraw-Hill, New York)
Rosenthal, MS., Pierce, H. (2005) “Inherited Medullary Thyroid Cancer and The Duty to Warn: Revisiting Pate V.
Threlkel”. Thyroid, Volume 15 (5):140-45.
Rosenthal, MS. (2006) “Socio-Ethical Issues in Hospital Birth: Troubling Tales From a Canadian Sample.” (Sociological
Rosenthal, MS. (2006) “Ethical Problems with Patient Misconceptions in RAI Scans and Therapy.” (Journal of Nuclear
Articles in Preparation
Rosenthal, MS. “Reframing Clinical Equipoise for the Phase I Trial.”
Rosenthal, MS, and Slevin, JT. “Ethical Dilemmas in Parkinson’s: Resolving Clinical Uncertainty.”
Rosenthal, MS. “Ethical Dilemmas in the Severely Hypothyroid Patient.”
“Socio-Ethical Barriers in Genetic Screening for Medullary Thyroid Cancer” (Scored R01; 2nd Resubmission planned for
University of Toronto Rosenthal (CI) 2000
“Women’s Health Research Network Internet Resources Project”
This project involved a meta-analysis and collection of Canadian women’s health resources on the Internet for the
development of a women’s health page developed by the Women’s Health Research Network, affiliated with the
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics through a grant from the Social Science and Research Council of Canada
Human Resources Development Canada Rosenthal, (PI) 2001
“Community Ethics: Towards an Ethical Framework.”
This project involved an extensive meta-analysis on community care, home care and hospital-at-home. The goals of this
analysis were to identify topics of ethical concern to workers in the field of home or community care; identify possible
solutions to established problems in the field of home or community care; and to suggest practical ethical guidelines that
workers in the field of home or community care can use in the “trenches”. The outcome of this research formed a
Background Paper and content for an Ethics Roundtable attended by homecare providers across Canada.
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The Ontario Hospital Association Rosenthal, (PI) 2002
“Women’s Health Consumerism”
This research was a meta-analysis of women’s health consumerism, which surveyed doctor office visits and health
products and prescriptions. This research resulted in a background paper to the Ontario Hospital Association’s
PricewaterhouseCoopers Rosenthal (Co-Investigator) 2002
Tracking Trends: Canadian Healthcare Consumerism from 1988-2002”
This research summarized trends from PricewaterhouseCoopers health surveys collected between 1988 through 2002,
representing approximately 2000 questions and 25,000 respondents. Subscribers to these surveys included all levels of
healthcare providers: health care provider associations, ministries of health within municipal and federal government,
NGO’s, regional health authorities and pharmaceutical companies. This data was weighted against 1996 Statistics Canada
census information (e.g. province size, community size, gender, age) to adjust for differences in response rates, and the
outcome of this research was a Summary Report utilized by subscribers.
The Ontario Hospital Association Rosenthal, (PI) 2002
“The Female Health Consumer And Informed Consent”
This research explored some of the tensions and problems surrounding adequate informed consent for female health
consumers with respect to gender-related healthcare, such as routine gynecological healthcare, reproductive healthcare,
menopausal healthcare, and postmenopausal healthcare. The outcome of this research was a bioethics Background Paper
distributed to Ontario hospitals and healthcare workers as a component of their continuing medical education.
The University of Toronto Rosenthal, (PI) 1998-1999
“Socio-Ethical Issues of Prenatal Testing Literature”
A content analysis of current prenatal testing literature distributed by hospitals and women’s healthcare organizations to
pregnant patients, examining the ethical, legal and social implications of this literature, as well as the implications of the
absence of such literature.
The University of Toronto Rosenthal, (PI) 2000-2002
“Socio-Ethical Issues of Prenatal Counselling”
A qualitative study surveying the quality of verbal counseling that university-educated pregnant women in Toronto
received from their prenatal healthcare providers. The main inquiry evaluated what pregnant women were “hearing” when
they were being verbally counselled about their prenatal health, and evaluated the ethical, legal and social implications of
prenatal counseling, as well as the absence of such counseling.
The University of Kentucky Rosenthal, (PI) 2003 (in progress)
“Socio-ethical Barriers to Genetic Screening in Medullary Thyroid Cancer”
The purpose of this pilot study is to determine whether the medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) patient who is being screened
for the autosomal dominant gene mutation for MTC understands and appreciates the benefits, risks, and potential social
harms associated with genetic screening. This research will also identify key social and ethical barriers to genetic screening
with respect to the individual patient and his or her family members. The data obtained from this pilot study will inform
objectives for a larger nationally funded study.
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VII. Invited Lectures
(Lectures prior to 1997 not listed.)
“Cancer Prevention” (Panelist). The Ontario Public Health Association Annual Conference, November, 1997, Sudbury, Ontario.
“Breast Cancer: Screening, Treatment, Possible Causes” (Keynote). Women’s Wellness Weekend, Manitoulin Island,
Ontario. June 15, 1998.
“Women and Thyroid Disease” (Keynote). The American Foundation for Thyroid Patients, October 30, 1999, Houston,
“Thyroid Cancer and Long Term Survivorship.” The Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Association, Annual Conference,
September, 2000 and 2001, Washington, D.C.
“Ethical Issues in Breast Cancer” (Keynote). Sponsored by Hamilton Public Health and Community Services, and
Dell Pharmacy. Dundurn Castle, Hamilton Ontario, October, 2000.
“Cancer and the Environment: Education and Prevention.” (Panelist). Sponsored by The Breast Cancer Prevention
Coalition, Canadian Association for Physicians and the Environment, Canadian Environmental Law Assocation,
Environmental Studies Program, University of Toronto, Ontario College of Family Physicians, Environmental Health
Committee, Occupational Health Clinic, Toronto; Toronto Environmental Alliance; Women’s Health and the Environment
Network. Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto, April 23, 2001.
“Burgeoning Issues in Women’s Health”. (Keynote). Sponsored by the Scarborough Women’s Centre, The Guild Inn, May
“Environmental Causes of Cancer”. (Keynote). Sponsored by the Canadian Autoworkers Association (CAW), Oshawa,
Ontario, September 15, 2001.
“Living Well With Thyroid Disease” (Keynote). Sponsored by the Dell Pharmacy Living Well Series. Royal Botanical
Gardens, Burlington, Ontario. June, 2001; and June, 2002.
“Women and Emotional Health (Keynote).” Annual Women’s Wellness Evening. Sponsored by Haddassah, Kingston,
Ontario. April 22, 2002.
“Living Well With Type 2 Diabetes” (Keynote). Sponsored by the Dell Pharmacy Living Well Series. Royal Botanical
Gardens, Burlington, Ontario. November 4, 2001.
“Breastfeeding and The Working Mom”. (Panelist). Sponsored by EvenFlo, New York Academy of Sciences, New York,
September 24, 2003.
"Ethical Issues Around Hirsutism" (Keynote). The American Electrology Association Convention. Sponsored by the
American Electrology Association. November 5, 2003, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Talk repeated, March, 2004, for the The
Massachussets Chapter of the American Electrology Association conference.
“Hirsutism: It’s a Psychosocial Issue, Not a Beauty Problem” (Keynote). The American Electrology Association
Convention. Sponsored by The American Electrology Association, November 6, 2003, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“Ethical Issues in Food Labelling”. Sponsored by the University of Kentucky Department of Community and Leadership
Development, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, March 24, 2004.
“Ethical Problems with Patient Misinformation in Endocrinology”. October 30, 2004, Annual Conference, Ohio Valley
Chapter of the American Association for Clinical Endocrinology, The Marriott, Lexington, KY.
End of Life Panel: Addressing the Schiavo Case Sponsored by the Univesity of Kentucky and Hospice of the Bluegrass. March
“Breastfeeding in the Workplace”. CAPPA. Sponsored by Evenflo, April 29, 2005.
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“Women and Stress.” Women’s Conference, Chatham, Ontario, Canada. May 5, 2005.
“What is a Clinical Ethics Consult, and When Do You Need One?” September Bioethics Lecture, Program for Bioethics Lecture
Series. September 6, 2005.
“Ethical Problems with Patient Misconceptions in RAI Scans and Therapy.” Society for Nuclear Medicine Conference, October 8,
2005, Rochester, NY.
“Ethical Issues for Thyroid Cancer Patients: Information and Expectations.” Thyroid Cancer Information Day, Burlington
Ontario. Sponsored by Genzyme Corporation. October 15, 2005.
“Justice in Biotechnology: Ethical and Economic Considerations.” 1st Southwestern Ontario Multidisciplinary Biotechnology
Symposium, London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ontario, Canada, October 26, 2005.
“Ethical Issues in DNR and End of Life Care.” UK Med Alumni Assoc., Medical Alumni Reunion conference. Friday, October
28, 8:30-9:30 at the Marriott
University of Kentucky College of Nursing: Nursing Ethics in the Clinical Setting. March 23, 2005.
University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Dept. of Neurology: “Ethical Dilemmas in Translational Research: Resolving
Clinical Uncertainty.” April 27, 2005.
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. The Informed Consent Process in the Oral Health Setting. May 3, 2005.
University of Kentucky College of Medicine, OBGYN. “Ethical Issues in the OBGYN Clinical Setting.” October 18, 2005.
Clinical Ethics Seminars and Teaching, University of Kentucky
Internal Medicine. Introduction to Clinical Ethics. January 13, 2005
OBGYN. Ethical issues in the Obstetrics Setting. January 25, 2005.
Students Association, AMA. Introduction to Clinical Ethics. March 9, 2005.
College of Nursing: Nursing Ethics in the Clinical Setting, March 23, 2005.
Internal Medicine Residents: Ethics Case Discussion, March 25, 2005.
Research Ethics, K130. Research on Children. March 29, 2005.
Internal Medicine. Ethics Case Discussion, May 16, 2005.
Pediatric ICU: Ethics at the Bedside (various cases) May 19, 2005; repeated June 30, 2005; October 18, 2005.
House Staff. Bioethics Consults. Orientation, July 5, 2005.
Magnet Status Ethics Breakfast. August 11, 2005.
Nursing Ethics in the Clinical Setting, Acute Care Nurses Council, July 20, 2005; repeated for:
• Markey Nurses Council, August 8, 2005
• OB Nurses Council, September 8, 2005
• Psychiatric Nurses Council, September 8, 2005
• Cardiac Nurses Council, October 10, 2005
• Pool Nurses Council, November, 2005
• Children’s Hospital Nurses Council, November 16, 2005
Nursing Ethics Leadership Workshop, Alumni House. October 13, 2005.
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Presented Papers/Seminars and Teaching
“The Role of Dot Com in Bioethics.” Delivered at Canadian Bioethics Society annual conference, October 11-14, 2000, Quebec City,
“Imagine Community Ethics Taking Centre Stage.” Delivered at Canadian Bioethics Society annual conference, October 14-16, 2001,
“The Role of Trade Publishing in Bioethics.” Delivered January 15, 2001 as part of The University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Seminar Series, an accredited continuing education activity under AMA, CFPC and RCPSC programs.
“The Vagina Monologues: Troubling Tales of Labor and Delivery in Toronto Teaching Hospitals.” May 23, 2002. The Conference on
Issues in Women's Health, sponsored by the Centre for Research in Women's Health, Toronto, Ontario.
“Socio-ethical Issues of Genetic Screening in Thyroid Cancer”. Department of Behavioral Science Brown Bag Series, University of
Kentucky College of Medicine, October 22, 2003.
“Ethical Problems in DNR and long-term care”. January, 2004. Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Seminar Series, University of Kentucky.
“Ethical Issues in Prenatal Care and Hospital Birth: Troubling Tales.” Pacific Sociological Association meeting, San Francisco April 15-
18, 2004. Paper re-presented, November 3, 2004, Department of Behavioral Science Brown Bag Series, University of Kentucky College
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