Center for Ethics and Humanities
in the Life Sciences

College of Human Medicine



Leonard M. Fleck

Leonard Fleck photo


Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Philosophy

C-202 East Fee Hall
(517) 355-7552
len.fleck @

PhD 1975 St. Louis University
BA 1966 Loyola University

Curriculum Vitae
MSU Scholars Profile
Research Gate Profile


Leonard Fleck's interests focus on medical ethics, health care policy, priority-setting and rationing, and reproductive decision-making. He explores the role of community dialogue (rational democratic deliberation) in addressing controversial issues of ethics and public policy related to emerging genetic technologies.

Selected Publications

Just Genetics: The Ethical Challenges of Personalized Medicine. In: Rhodes R, Battin M, Silvers A, eds. Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care; 2nd edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2012.

Whoopie Pies, Super-Sized Fries: "Just" Snacks? "Just" Des(s)erts? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 2012: 21(1): 5-19.

Just Caring: Defining a Basic Benefit Package. Journal of Medicine & Philosophy. 2011: 36(6): 589-611.

Just Caring: Health Care Rationing, Terminal Illness, and the Medically Least Well-Off. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 2011: 39(2): 156-71.

Just Caring: Health Care Rationing and Democratic Deliberation. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2009.


Fleck LM. The costs of caring: Who pays? Who profits? Who panders? Hastings Center Report. May-June 2006; 36(3): 13-17.


Selected Achievements and Awards

University Distinguished Faculty Award

Distinguished Faculty Award, College of Human Medicine

Elected Fellow of The Hastings Center