by Sara Michael
Her research focuses on patient and family healthcare decision-making at the end of life and on decisions regarding living organ donation, key issues in both clinical care and bioethics. Nolan’s pioneering end-of-life research has advanced the understanding of patients’ preferences for shared decision-making with family and physician and has called into question the autonomous decision-making model on which advance-care-planning health policy is based.
Nolan was previously director of the PhD program and currently serves as the director of the China Doctoral Program Partnership, a collaboration between Hopkins and Peking Union Medical College, funded by the China Medical Board of Boston. Nolan holds a joint faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and has served on advisory panels of the National Institutes of Health regarding end-of-life care research.