Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing
Professor of Nursing
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Connie M. Ulrich was drawn to the study of bioethics early in her career when, as a pediatric nurse, she often worked with seriously ill pediatric patients and their families and was a member of a pediatric heart transplantation team. After completing her PhD in nursing ethics, Dr. Ulrich was the first nurse ever accepted into the postdoctoral training program in the NIH’s Department of Bioethics.

When she joined the Penn Nursing faculty and was appointed senior fellow at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2003, she became the first nurse bioethicist at the university.

“I am committed to helping nurses develop the skills of bioethics and ensuring that the perspective of nurses is represented in bioethics.”


  • PhD, University of Maryland,
  • MSN, The Catholic University of America ,
  • BSN, The Catholic University of America ,
  • Diploma, Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing ,
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics,