Justin Penny, DO, MA, HEC-C

Clinical Ethics Assistant Professor

Expertise: LGBTQ+ Ethics | Advanced Care Planning | Ethics in Medical Education

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United States

Dr. Justin Penny’s clinical work is within the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program (Smiley's). He practices full spectrum family medicine, including hospital medicine, obstetrics, primary care, and LGBTQ+ comprehensive care.

Through his joint appointment in the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics, he is part of the Clinical Ethics Consult team providing clinical ethics services for the MHealth Fairview system and serves on the UMMC Ethics Committee.

Dr. Penny's current academic and research focus is the intersection of LGBTQ+ care and Bioethics, care delivery and medical education concerning transgender and gender nonconforming care, and the needs of an aging LGBTQ+ population.

Dr. Penny has a BS in Biology and a BA in Classics from the University of Kentucky. He completed his DO and MA in Bioethics from Kansas City University. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in Family Medicine from the American Board of Family Medicine as well as Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He has earned the Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certification (HEC-C) credential through the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).

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Konerman-Sease, J., Penny, J. Applying the Harm Principle to Elder Care. The American Journal of Bioethics 2024;24(1):144-145.

Allen, L., Adams, N., et al. Principlism and contemporary ethical considerations for providers of transgender health care. International Journal of Transgender Health 2024;1-19.

Pathoulas, JT,Blume, K, Penny, J, Mansh, M, Rubin, N, Farah, RS. Effectiveness of an Educational Intervention to Improve Medical Student Comfort and Familiarity With Providing Gender-Affirming Hormone Therapy. Family Medicine 2021;53(1):61-64.

Penny, J, Madlon-Kay, D.  Is topiramate safe and effective for the treatment of pediatric chronic migraines? Evidence-Based Practice 2019(June);22(6):16-17.