Jessica Berg, JD, MPH

School of Law
Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law
School of Law
Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
School of Medicine

Jessica Berg is Dean and the Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law. She is also a Professor of Bioethics and Professor of Public Health, with a joint appointment in Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. She received both her B.A. and J.D., with honors, from Cornell University where she was a notes editor of the Cornell Law Review. She received her MPH from Case Western Reserve University.

Ms. Berg joined the faculty at Case Western in 1999 after serving as the Director of Academic Affairs of the Institute for Ethics, and Secretary of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for the American Medical Association. While in Chicago, she also taught courses at the University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern University Law School. Before that, she was a Visiting Professor at Michigan State Medical School, a Scholar in Excellence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Fellow at both the Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Ms. Berg has taught many courses in law schools, medical schools and graduate programs including: Health Management & Policy, Food & Drug Regulation, Public Health Law & Ethics, Bioethics & Law, and Research Regulation. She is first author on a book published by Oxford University Press entitled “Informed Consent: Legal Theory and Clinical Practice” and has over 50 publications, spanning a wide variety of areas including professionalism, public health, mental health, e-medicine, medical decision-making, organizational ethics, research with human subjects, confidentiality, reproductive law and ethics, genetic enhancement, and end-of-life care.

Ms. Berg was the legal consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics from 2007-2013; was a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Central Institutional Review Board from 2006-2009; served on various Protocol Review Committees and Data Safety and Monitoring Boards for the National Heart Lung Blood Institute from 2005-2013; and has served as a consultant for various professional organizations including the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology. In 2008 Ms. Berg was named “Health Policy Researcher of the Year” by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, and in 2009 she received the Case Western Reserve University Mather Spotlight Award for Excellence in Research. She was appointed the inaugural Oliver C. Schroeder Jr., Distinguished Research Scholar in 2012 and awarded an endowed chair in 2014. In November 2013 she was appointed Dean of the Law School, along with Professor Michael Scharf.

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Research Information

Research Interests

  • Bioethics and Law
  • Informed Consent and Advance Directives
  • End-of-Life Decision Making
  • Reproductive Law and Ethics
  • Research Law and Ethics
  • E-Medicine

External Appointments

  • American Journal of Bioethics, Editorial Board (1/09-1/11)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Ethics Committee (since 2007)
  • NIH, National Cancer Institute, Pediatric Central IRB (2006-2009)
  • NIH, National Heart Lung Blood Institute
  • IMMEDIATE Trial, PRC (2005) and DSMB (since 2006)
  • Heart Network, PRC and DSMB (since 2007)
  • ISCHEMIA Trial DSMB (since 2011)
  • McDonald Women’s Hospital, Reproductive Ethics Committee, Cleveland Ohio (since 1999)
  • University Hospitals, Ethics Committee, Cleveland Ohio (since 1999)
  • American Journal of Bioethics, Co-Editor, Book Reviews (2005-2008)



Juris Doctor
Cornell University
Master of Public Health
Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine
Bachelor of Arts
Cornell University