Kim Overby

Professor of the Practice


Dr. Overby is a clinical ethicist and physician who has served on the faculties of the University of California, San Francisco, the University of Iowa, the University of Pennsylvania, and Weill Cornell Medical College before moving to Ithaca in July 2018.  In addition to her academic appointments, Dr. Overby has worked as the Medical Director for a non-profit human service organization serving children and adults with developmental and other disabilities and has provided clinical ethics consultative services at New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she also served as the Physician Co-chair of the hospital Ethics Committee. Dr. Overby’s scholarly interests center on ethical issues encountered in contemporary healthcare settings with a particular focus on disability, chronic illness, and the healthcare experience of vulnerable and marginalized populations. Her teaching at Cornell brings her real-world experiences to the classroom focusing on the most vexing contemporary ethical issues confronting individuals and society related to health and health care. 


Selected Publications: 

  • Overby KJ, Fins JJ. Organ Transplantation for Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Sandra Jensen’s Legacy. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 2016;25:272-281.        

  • Overby KJ, Weinstein MS, Fiester AM. Addressing Consent Issues in Donation after

  • Circulatory Determination of Death.  American Journal of Bioethics. 2015;15(8):3-9.

  • Overby KJ Weinstein MS, Fiester AM.  Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Addressing Consent Issues in Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death. American Journal of Bioethics. 2015;15(9):W3-W5.

  • Olson T, Overby KJ, Bessler M, Wilson DB. Chapter 24: Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Medical Care for Patients with Dyskeratosis Congenita. In Dyskeratosis Congenita Clinical Guidelines (1st ed., 2015). Editors: Sharon A. Savage and Elizabeth F. Cook. Dyskeratosis Congenita Outreach Inc.

  • Overby KJ. Chapter 1: Pediatric Health Supervision. Rudolph’s Pediatrics 21st ed. (2003);  Author & Assoc. Ed.; Abraham Rudolph, Colin Rudolph; (Editors) Appleton and Lange, Norwalk, CT.

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