Dr. Lammers retired from Indiana University Health in September of 2011. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Mercy LIFE in Mobile, Alabama.
Prior to departing IU Health, he had served as Medical Director, Senior Patient Safety and Quality at Indiana University Health, Medical Director of IU Health’s Senior Health Center, Medical Director of Palliative Care at IU Health Methodist Hospital, and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Lammers received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL, and his MD from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia/Augusta VA Medical Center, and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Duke University/Durham VA Medical Center. He also served as a fellow in Health Services Research and Development at the Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC. Dr Lammers earned his Master in Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Since joining the Methodist Hospital staff in 1993, Dr. Lammers was continuously active in clinical ethics. He served as a member of the Methodist Hospital Ethics Consultation Team and chair of the Methodist Hospital Ethics Committee. He became co-chair of the IU Health Ethics Committee (formerly Clarian Health) in 1997 and served in that capacity for nine years while also providing ethics consultation at Methodist Hospital. Dr. Lammers also served as co-chair of the IU Health Ethics Consultation Sub-Committee of the Ethics Committee and was an active member of the Ethics Consultation Service. Dr. Lammers has also served on the Ethics Committee for the American Geriatric Society.
Dr. Lammers’ clinical interests include dementia, depression in the elderly and systematic approaches to improving care of hospitalized elderly, especially medication safety. Dr Lammers works directly with learners in both clinical ethics and geriatric medicine. Dr Lammers is the 2006 Tony and Mary Achievement Award winner in Geriatrics and Gerontology by the Indiana Public Health Foundation, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and an American Geriatrics Society Fellow, where he served on the Public Policy Committee.
Choi EK, Fredland V, Zachodni C, Lammers JE, Bledsoe P, Helft PR. Brain death revisited: the case for a national standard. Journal of Law Medicine & Ethics. 2008;36(4):824-36,611.