Chelsey Patten, DBe, HEC-CChelsey Patten
Director of Clincal Ethics

phone:  (303) 724-5832

office:   Fulginiti Room 012

Chelsey Patten joined the Center for Bioethics and Humanities as the Director for Clinical Ethics in October of 2023. In addition to this role, she is co-medical director of the Ethics Consult Service at University
of Colorado Hospital, lead ethics consultant at Children’s Hospital
Colorado, and a Senior Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics,
Section of Palliative Medicine. Chelsey sits on the ethics committees
at both University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Prior to joining the center, Chelsey successfully facilitated substantial clinical ethics program growth for a large hospital system in North Carolina and a large academic medical center in Illinois. She also served as a member of National POLST and helped develop recommendations for states that wish to develop POLST registries. 

Chelsey has a passion for clinical ethics consultation and has performed over 850 consults as lead consultant between 2018-2023. She also has a strong interest in clinical ethics consultation data, regarding its impact on program growth, policy development, and identification of ethics education needs, as well as developing national benchmarking standards for clinical ethics consultation services.


  • Doctor of Bioethics, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Loyola University Chicago, 2018
  • Master of Arts-Healthcare Ethics, Saint Joseph’s University, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science-Molecular Biology, Chestnut Hill College, 2014

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