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Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE

Big Data Institute Visiting Fellow, Ethox Centre

June 2022

Holly Fernandez Lynch will join the Ethox Centre as a visiting fellow in June 2022. She is an Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment at Penn Carey Law School.

Her scholarship focuses on clinical research ethics and regulation, priority setting in research (especially within academic institutions), access to investigational medicines outside clinical trials, FDA pharmaceutical policy, and the ethics of gatekeeping in health care. She is founder and co-chair of the Consortium to Advance Effective Research Ethics Oversight (, an organization working to evaluate and improve the quality and effectiveness of institutional review boards (IRBs), and an active member of the NYU Working Group on Compassionate Use and Preapproval Access (CUPA). She serves as a member of the boards of Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R) and the American Society for Law, Medicine, and Ethics, and as "ethicist in residence" at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Professor Fernandez Lynch has worked as an attorney in private practice, a bioethicist serving NIH’s Division of AIDS, a senior policy analyst with President Obama's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and executive director of Harvard Law School's bioethics and health law research program. She holds a law degree and master of bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Holly Fernandez Lynch