Karola V. Kreitmair

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: kreitmair@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-3701

Room 1430, Medical Sciences Center

Assistant Professor Karola Kreitmair

Co-Director Path of Distinction in Bioethics (PoD-B)

Vice-Chair Hospital Ethics Committee


Clinical ethics, neuroethics, self-tracking and phenomenology, human brain surrogates


My scholarly work includes topics in clinical, research, and consumer ethics. Within clinical ethics, I am working on questions around the determination of death in a clinical setting. In research ethics, I am interested in the moral status of novel “human brain surrogates”, such as human brain organoids. Within consumer bioethics, I focus on digital behavioral technology, where I am particularly interested in the phenomenological, epistemological, and existential implications of self-tracking.

Curriculum Vitae

Karola Kreitmair CV 2024


Ph.D., Stanford University, Philosophy, 2013

M.Sc., University of Edinburgh, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, 2006

B.A., Brown University, Philosophy, 2004

Selected Articles

Kreitmair, K. (2023) “Consciousness and the Ethics of Human Brain Organoid Research”, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, [EARLY VIEW: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963180123000063]. [P]

Kreitmair, K. (2023) “Mobile Health Technology and Empowerment”, Bioethics, [EARLY VIEW: https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.13157]. [P]

Kreitmair, K. (2021) “Medical Ethics, Moral Courage, and the Embrace of Fallibility”, Academic Medicine, 96(12), 1630-1633.

Kreitmair, K. (2019) “Dimensions of Ethical Direct-to-Consumer Neurotechnologies”, American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience, 10 (4), 152-166. [P]

Selected Book Sections

Kreitmair, K. (2021) “Digital Behavioral Technology, Deep Learning, and Self-Optimization”, in Fabrice Jotterand, Marcello Ienco, Liang Mingyu (eds) Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Brain and Mental Health, Springer Series.

Courses Taught

MEDHIST/PHILOS 534: Ethics and the Brain
MEDHIST 558: Ethical Issues in Healthcare
MEDHIST 729: Introduction to Bioethics
MEDHIST 730: Topics in Bioethics
MEDHIST 745: Clinical Ethics: Individual and Population Considerations