Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Leonard Ortmann is an ethicist working with the CDC Public Health Ethics and Strategy Unit. Projects in which he is involved include ethics training and consults, ethical guidance in emergency response, and co-editing an international public health ethics casebook. He began his association with CDC as a Public Health Ethics Fellow from October 2008 to October 2010. For this fellowship, Dr. Ortmann completed a rotation at the National Center for HIV-AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and Tuberculosis Prevention where he addressed ethical issues surrounding expedited partner therapy for treating chlamydia. Prior to coming to CDC, he was Senior Associate for Programs at the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care. As a member of Tuskegee’s philosophy faculty, Dr. Ortmann taught courses in ethics, humanities, and logic. As Senior Associate for Programs, he taught courses in practical ethics and managed Tuskegee’s participation in the Ethics Bowl, an intercollegiate team competition involving ethical case studies. Dr. Ortmann holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University and The Pennsylvania State University, respectively. He has particular interests in evolutionary genetics in relation to theories of human nature, public health ethics and health equity, and how ethics relates to science in practical decision making.