Ethics Consulting Service

The Ethics Consulting Program provides consultations to patients and their families, health care providers, and researchers at UTMB Health.

Patients, their families, and health care practitioners sometimes face ethically hard, confusing, or conflicted choices. When this happens, they may not be sure how to make the best or right choice. The UTMB Ethics Consultation Service facilitates discussion, analysis and understanding of ethical issues in patient care, and provides ethically appropriate recommendations for solving problems arising in health care practice and research.

The UTMB Research Ethics Consultation Service promotes integrity and strives for clarity in the midst of what can be complex and confusing ethical situations that arise in the conduct of clinical and translational research.


  • Consults to clinicians to facilitate discussion of ethical concerns and decision-making
  • Consults to clinical and translational researchers, including
    • Evaluation and referral to Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    • Identification of available resources
    • Practical interpretation of ethical regulations
    • Identification, analysis of ethical problems or dilemmas, and recommendations


(409) 772-1208

For requests after-hours, on weekends, or on holidays, a recorded message will supply a pager number for the on-call consultant.

Mailing Address

Ethics Consulting Service
UTMB Health
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1311

Consulting Team

Jeffrey S. Farroni, PhD, JD
Director, UTMB Health Institutional Ethics Program
Michele A. Carter, PhD
Evelyn M. McKinney, JD, PhD
Emma Tumilty, PhD