Sarah B Vittone


Assistant Professor, Clinical Ethics Consultant
Department of Nursing; Consultant-Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics; Research Subject Advocate-GHUCCTS.


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Sarah B. Vittone is an assistant professor at Georgetown University joined the the School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2007. She has a MSN as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and a MA in Clinical Ethics and Religious Studies, both from the University of Virginia and is currently a doctoral student in Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago. Mrs. Vittone's teaching interests are in pediatrics and clinical ethics. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Nursing as well as in Health Studies. She is an Engelhard Fellow since 2008.
She was inducted into the GUMC Teaching Academy as a Principal Member in 2015.

Ms. Vittone has 20+ years experience in clinical ethics consultation and since 2007 has been a primary consultant with the Ethics Consultation Service of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics here at GUMC and MGUH.
Her clinical ethics interests are in decision making and surrogacy, and issues at the interface of vulnerable populations and health systems. She provides ethics education to the MGUH staff and for their residency program. She teaches NURS 254/PHIL Introduction to Health Care Ethics as well as NURS 518 Health Care Ethics.

Since 2011, Mrs. Vittone has received salary support for her work in human protection and research ethics for the Clinical and Translational Sciences Award with Georgetown-Howard Universities-Veterans Administration- Oak Ridge National Lab and Medstar Health Research Institute as a Research Subject Advocate. She also currently serves on IRB-E at Georgetown University. She is the course director for the Ethics, Regulatory and Implementation of Clinical Research Studies with Human Subjects provided by the GHUCCTS CTSA.

Mrs. Vittone has been a speaker at a number of national meetings on nursing, and ethics, including the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities; and the National Teaching Institute-American Association Critical Care Nurses Annual Conference, National League for Nursing, International Association of Clinical Research Nursesand the National Press Foundation.


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  • Doctoral Student (start 2013) Loyola University Chicago, Bioethics
  • Master of Arts (1994) University of Virginia, Clinical Ethics/Religious Studies
  • Master of Science (1989) University of Virginia, Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science (1988) University of Virginia, Nursing