Lance Wahlert

Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy


Lance Wahlert, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy and Program Director of the Master of Bioethics (MBE) in the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Wahlert is also Core Research and Teaching Faculty Member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Penn. He serves as the Director of the Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity, which has demarcated a sub-field within bioethics that focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and medical ethics.

Twice the recipient of the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Dr. Wahlert teaches classes on: Bioethics and Sexuality, Medicine and Literature, the History of Medicine, AIDS and Bioethics, Clinical Ethics Mediation, Medicine in Film, and Digital Media Bioethics. He has held residential fellowships at the University of Oslo, Trinity College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast, King's College London, and the British Film Institute.

Dr. Wahlert’s scholarly interests include the historiographical legacy of the healthcare concerns of LGBTQ persons, the impact of cinematic genres on cultural histories, and the relationship between literary narratives and clinical forms of storytelling. Having been funded by the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and the Pew Foundation, his work has been featured in publications including BioethicsThe American Journal of BioethicsThe Journal of Medical Humanities, and The Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics.

Dr. Wahlert is Faculty Fellow at Gregory College House in Penn’s residential college system; and serves on the faculty advisory board of Penn's LGBT Center. He is also the Perelman School of Medicine's faculty advisor for the Minor in Bioethics in the undergraduate College.


Medical Ethics & Health Policy