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Emma Hergenrother and Emma Kaplan have been selected as the new student leaders for the School of Medicine’s  Clinical Ethics Discussion Group This position also entails appointment to the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee. Outgoing leaders are Mary Kaufman and Kelsey Rich. Center for Bioethics faculty members Arlene Davis and Jean Cadigan are advisors to the student group. Professors Davis and Cadigan are also HEC members.



Emma Hergenrother grew up in Ridgefield, CT, and graduated from Princeton University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. After studying theology and the natural sciences while abroad in Cambridge, Emma developed a passion for the intersection of medicine and human ethics. During her three gap years, Emma worked for an affordable housing nonprofit, a women’s advocacy group, and scribed for UNC Pediatrics. In her free time, Emma enjoys listening to 60s and 70s music, calling her three siblings, and hanging out with her two cats. She is honored and excited to be joining the CEDG as a Co-Leader.


Emma Kaplan grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2022 with a B.S. in Biology, Health, and Society and a minor in the History of Medicine. Emma is currently enrolled as a first-year medical student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She feels passionate about working with children and hopes to integrate the lessons that she learns through her work with HEC into her future patient care.