Saint Louis University

Center for Health Care Ethics Alumni

The Center's graduates work in a variety of settings utilizing their training in interdisciplinary bioethics as educators and scholars in the academic setting, as executives and leaders in health systems, in non-for profit and government settings, and as clinicians and clinical ethicists. Many of our alumni comprise the ethics leadership in major Catholic health care systems, including Ascension Health and SSM Health Care.


Academia & Post Doctoral Fellowships

Emily Anderson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Bioethics
Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics & Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Class of 2007

Kelly Dineen, RN, JD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Co-Director Bander Center
Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University
Class of 2015

Tyler Gibb, JD, PhD

Assistant Professor
University Western Michigan School of Medicine
Class of 2015

Erika Ann Jeschke, PhD

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Uniformed Services University of Health Services
Class of 2015

D. Robert MacDougall, MDiv, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
Class of 2012

Andrew Plunk, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Community Health Research
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Class of 2011

Erica Salter, PhD

Assistant Professor, Director PhD Program
Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University
Class of 2011

Jerome Schmelzer, PhD

River University (NH) and West Essex
Class of 2009

Devan Stahl, MDiv, PhD

Assistant Professor
Michigan State University, Center for Ethics and Humanities in Life Sciences
Class of 2015

Bradley Thornock, MPH, PhD

Pediatric Ethics and Genomics Fellow
Children's Mercy Hospital
Class of 2015

Kevin Valadares, MHA, PhD

Chair of Health Administration, Associate Professor
Univeristy of Southern Indiana
Class of 2003

Rebecca Volpe, PhD

Assistant Professor of Bioethics
Hershey Medical Center
Class of 2011

Kevin Voss, PhD

Professor of Philosophy
Concordia University, Wisconsin
Class of 2012


Health Care Systems Ethics Executives

Elliott Bedford, MA, PhD

Systems Director, Ethics Integration
St. Vincent Health
Class of 2014

David Belde, PhD

Senior Vice President, Mission Services
Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Class of 2005

John Brehany, PhD

Executive Director and Ethicist
Catholic Medical Association
Class of 2003

John Robert Becket Gremmels, PhD

Director of Ethics
Christus Health
Class of 2015

Birgitta Sujdak Mackiewicz, PhD

Director of Ethics
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Illinois
Class of 2015

Daniel O’Brien, PhD

Senior VP, Ethics, Discernment and Church Relations
Ascension Health
Class of 2000

Michael Panicola, PhD

Senior Vice President, Mission, Legal & Government Affairs
SSM Health Care
Class of 2000

Mark Repenshek, PhD

Senior Director, Ethics Integration and Education
Ascension Health
Class of 2005

Alan Sanders, MA, PhD

Ethics Director
Health Care East
Class of 2008

John Paul Slosar, MA, PhD

Vice President, Ethics Integration and Education
Ascension Health
Class of 2003

Ann Suziedelis, PhD

VP Spiritual Care & Ethics at Holy Cross Hospital
Holy Cross Hospital
Class of 2004


Clinical Ethics & Medical Practice

Valerie Badro, PhD

Regional Ethicist
Champlain Centre for Health Care Ethics
Class of 2013

Nathaniel Brown, MD, PhD

Resident in Anesthesia
University of Colorado Health Sciences
Class of 2010

Christine Gorka, PhD

Clinical Ethics Center, SIU Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center
Class of 2010

Barbara Hinze, PhD

Clinical Ethicist
Memorial Medical Center
Class of 2014

James Hynds, PhD

Senior Ethicist, Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Ethics Center
Class of 2005

Elena Kraus, MD, PhD

Resident in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Saint Louis University
Class of 2013

Anji Wall, MD, PhD

Chief Surgical Resident
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Class of 2009


Research Oversight & Government Policy

Holly Bante, PhD, MPH

Director of Research Affairs
University of Cincinnati
Class of 2012

Martin Onwu, JD, PhD

Associate General Counsel
Department of Justice, Department of Community Policing
Class of 2006


Clergy & Religious Orders

Thomas Knoblach, PhD

Pastor, St. Cantius Church
St. Cloud Diocese
Class of 2003

Louise Lears, PhD

Teaching Adjunct
Sisters of Charity, Cincinnati
Class of 2001


Private Practice (Bioethics Consulting)

Heather Danesh, PhD

Class of 2010

Craig Paterson, PhD

Director and Consultant
BioEthics World
Class of 2001

Jill Van Derven, PhD

Bioethics Consultants, Inc.
Class of 2006

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