Alessandra Colaianni, MD

Alessandra Colaianni, MD

Chief Resident, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Alessandra Colaianni, MD

Originally from Lake Forest, Illinois, Dr. Alessandra Colaianni is a graduate of Duke University, where she received degrees in biology and philosophy. She attended medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and concurrently completed an MPhil in history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. There, her work focused on historical and sociological factors contributing to the culture surrounding end-of-life care in the United States and the United Kingdom. 

She has published several articles examining the influence of institutional culture on Do-Not-Resuscitate decision-making as well as moral distress regarding futile treatments at the end of life amongst medical trainees.

Her research interests include medical/surgical ethics, the history and philosophy of science, and the concept of narrative medicine and how medical storytelling can be used to benefit physicians and patients.


Undergraduate School
Duke University (Biology and Philosophy)

Medical School
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


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