Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBE
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBE
Assistant Professor
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  • About

    Professor Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBe, is health law and bioethics faculty at the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School (Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology). She is the first faculty member to make tenure at the medical school with JD as their terminal degree (eff. September 2024). She is also the interim co-director of the U-M Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, which won the 2022 American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH) Cornerstone Award. At U-M she is also the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee, the ethicist on the Michigan Medicine Human Data and Biospecimen Release Committee, and a clinical ethicist. She teaches the Responsible Conduct of Research as well as Research Ethics and the Law.

    Prof. Spector is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics and a member of the National Academies’ committee on Newborn Screening: Current Landscape and Future Directions. In the past, she was also Chair and lead author of the American Heart Association’s “Principles for Health Information Collecting, Sharing, and Use,” a member of the ASBH Board of Directors, and an Associate Director for President Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

    The overarching goal of Prof. Spector’s work is improving the governance of secondary research with health data and specimens to increase the accessibility of data and generalizability of advances across diverse communities. To that end, she was the PI of a NHGRI K01 focusing on academic/private relationships in genetic research and is the PI of an NCTAS R01 on hospitals sharing patient data with commercial entities. She has been PI or Co-I on ~$200M in funding.

    Her recent articles have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Science, JAMA, Health Affairs, and Nature Medicine, and her research or expertise has appeared in the NY Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, and CNN.

    Professor Spector received her JD and MBe from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and School of Medicine after graduating from Middlebury College. She completed a research fellowship in bioethics at Michigan Medicine and is a former practicing drug and device attorney for the biotech industry.

    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
      University of Michigan Medical School, Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine, 2016
    • JD
      University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 3501 Sansom Street, 2009
    • MBE
      University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvani Blockley Hall, 11th & 14th Floors 423 Guardian Drive, 2009
    • BA
      Middlebury College, Middlebury, 2004
    Center Memberships
    • Center Member
      Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
    • Center Member
      Precision Health Initiative
    • Center Member
      Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine
    Research Overview

    The substantive focus of my research is improving the governance of research with health data and specimens to increase both accessibility and generalizability across diverse communities. My methodological focus is “translational policy,” generating the empirical data necessary to develop and implement improved health policy.

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    • Journal Article
      Healthcare utilization and behavior changes following workplace genetic testing at a large U.S. healthcare system.
      Charnysh E, Pal S, Reader JM, Uhlmann W, McCain S, Sanghavi K, Blasco D, Brandt R, Feero WG, Ferber R, Giri VN, Hendy K, Prince AER, Lee C, Roberts JS, INSIGHT @ Work consortium . Genet Med, 2024 May 7; 101160 DOI:10.1016/j.gim.2024.101160
      PMID: 38733246
    • Journal Article
      Toward Realizing the Promise of AI in Precision Health Across the Spectrum of Care.
      Wiens J, Spector-Bagdady K, Mukherjee B. Annu Rev Genomics Hum Genet, 2024 May 9; DOI:10.1146/annurev-genom-010323-010230
      PMID: 38724019
    • Journal Article
      Use of Artificial Intelligence in Improving Outcomes in Heart Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.
      Armoundas AA, Narayan SM, Arnett DK, Spector-Bagdady K, Bennett DA, Celi LA, Friedman PA, Gollob MH, Hall JL, Kwitek AE, Lett E, Menon BK, Sheehan KA, Al-Zaiti SS, American Heart Association Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Lifelong Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Health in the Young; Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention; Council on Hypertension; Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease; and Stroke Council . Circulation, 2024 Apr 2; 149 (14): e1028 - e1050. DOI:10.1161/CIR.0000000000001201
      PMID: 38415358
    • Journal Article
      Challenges for In Vitro Fertilization After Alabama’s Decision in LePage v. Center for Reproductive Medicine
      Admon L, Marsh EE, Spector-Bagdady K. Milbank Q, 2024 Mar 12;
    • Journal Article
      Serious news communication between clinicians and parents impacts parents' experiences, decision-making, and clinical care for critically ill neonates.
      Kukora S, Krenz C, De Vries R, Spector-Bagdady K. Acta Paediatr, 2024 Mar; 113 (3): 449 - 452. DOI:10.1111/apa.17084
      PMID: 38158750
    • Journal Article
      Genetic Researchers' Use of and Interest in Research With Diverse Ancestral Groups.
      Jaffe K, Greene AK, Chen L, Ryan KA, Krenz C, Roberts JS, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, McGuire AL, Thomas JD, Marsh EE, Spector-Bagdady K. JAMA Netw Open, 2024 Apr 1; 7 (4): e246805 DOI:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.6805
      PMID: 38625702
    • Journal Article
      Genomic testing in voluntary workplace wellness programs in the US: Evidence and challenges.
      Cohn B, Ryan KA, Hendy K, Callahan K, Roberts JS, Spector-Bagdady K, Mathews DJH, INSIGHT @ Work Consortium . Mol Genet Genomic Med, 2023 Nov; 11 (11): e2245 DOI:10.1002/mgg3.2245
      PMID: 37592452
    • Journal Article
      Principles for Health Information Collection, Sharing, and Use: A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association.
      Spector-Bagdady K, Armoundas AA, Arnaout R, Hall JL, Yeager McSwain B, Knowles JW, Price WN, Rawat DB, Riegel B, Wang TY, Wiley K, Chung MK, American Heart Association Advocacy Coordinating Committee . Circulation, 2023 Sep 26; 148 (13): 1061 - 1069. DOI:10.1161/CIR.0000000000001173
      PMID: 37646159