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Eric J. Keller is an interventional/diagnostic radiology resident (2019-2024) with background in bioethics, medical anthropology, 4D flow MRI, and legal guardianship. He founded the Applied Ethics in IR working group, a multi-institutional group of faculty and trainees developing practical approaches to challenging situations in IR. He is also a junior board member of the Interventional Initiative, a nonprofit devoted to patient education and advocacy around image-guided procedures.
I primarily focus on two areas of research: applied ethics and professional cultures in healthcare.<br/><br/>1. Applied ethics - Many approaches to ethics start with abstract theory, followed by looking at clinical behaviors and then suggesting how those behaviors should be adjusted. Applied ethics instead takes a bottom-up approach, starting with understanding how people perceive and experience a challenging issue and then adapting theory into practical resources/initiatives based on that initial understanding. I use my own specialty, interventional radiology, as my 'lab,' to test out approaches that I hope to be useful throughout healthcare.<br/><br/>2. Professional cultures in healthcare - We all realize that an internist is different than a surgeon just like a nurse is different than a physician that is different from a CMO. Forming multiple interlacing social groups is a natural part of human life. However, the impact and specific characteristics of these distinct professional cultures are often underappreciated. I've spent the last few years working to describe those distinct cultures and how they affect perceptions, behaviors, relationships, and ultimately, patient care. I think collaboration is critical in healthcare and that it can be improved by fostering better cross-cultural understanding.