Pilar Ossorio

Pilar Ossorio Ph.D., J. D., is associate professor of law and medical ethics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and program faculty in the Graduate Program in Population Health at the UW. Prior to taking her position at UW, she was director of the genetics section at the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association, and taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School.

Dr. Ossorio received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology in 1990 from Stanford University. She went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in cell biology at Yale University School of Medicine. Throughout the early 1990’s Dr. Ossorio also worked as a consultant for the federal program on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of the Human Genome Project, and in 1994 she took a full time position with the Department of Energy’s ELSI program. In 1993 she served on the Ethics Working Group for President Clinton’s Health Care Reform Task Force.

Dr. Ossorio received her JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1997. While at Boalt she was elected to the legal honor society Order of the Coif and received several awards for outstanding legal scholarship.