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October, 30 2009
Distinguished Lecturer Series
Laurence B. McCullough, PhD, Dalton Tomlin Chair in Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
"Taking Professional
Conscience Seriously"
Noon, School of Law Courtroom

November 6-7, 2009
30 Years of Health Care Ethics—An Anniversary Symposium of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics At Saint Louis University
Multiple Locations and times, please see our site for more details.

February 25, 2010
HCE Lecture:
John J. Hardt, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago,
3:30 p.m., Location: TBA


Health Care Ethics PhD Graduates:
Where are they Now?

Since the inception of the PhD program in Health Care Ethics, we have graduated eighteen students and anticipate graduating four more students over the next year. As the table below indicates, our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of professional settings.

Graduates from 2002-2009 (n= 18)*:
Vice President of Ethics, Health Care System 2
Director of Ethics, Health Care System 3
Director of Ethics/Clinical Ethicist, Hospital 3
University Faculty 3
Ethics Consultant 2
Think Tank/Independent Center 2
Government 1
Post doctoral training 2

Our graduates are among our greatest assets. Their various professional pursuits and achievements attest to the longevity and success of the PhD program.

Michael Panicola, PhD (2000)
Corporate Vice President of Ethics, SSM Health Care, St. Louis
"The doctoral program allowed me to further my education in moral theology and ethics, gain some much needed clinical experience, and connect with a number of outstanding people in the Catholic health ministry. The highlight was being taught by some of the giants in Catholic health care ethics, like, Fr. Kevin O'Rourke, O.P., Fr. Benedict Ashley, O.P., and the late Fr. Dennis Brodeur, and working with Dr. Griffin Trotter, MD, PhD, who taught me much both clinically and philosophically."

Kevin Valadares, PhD (2004)
Associate Professor and Program Director, Health Services Administration, University of Southern Indiana
"[The doctoral program] certainly launched my career in academia but also within the health care community in my region. I've had many experiences serving on committees within health care organizations that are striving to deal with very practical ethical issues."

A Memorable Moment: "I was preparing for my oral comprehensive exams when our first child (Sam) was born. I will never forget holding him and pacing the hospital floor as I was trying to perfect the arguments and counter-arguments that I was about to deliver. We both survived."

James A. Hynds, LLB, PhD (2004)

Clinical Ethicist UCLA Healthcare Ethics Center, Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity I had to study at the Center and for the generous welcome I received there as an international student. I believe the center's PhD program furnished me with the many skills necessary to engage critically the daunting challenges we face in the delivery of ethical health care, both in Catholic health care and beyond. The center's many projects embody the great humanistic tradition of the Jesuit order with its commitment to academic excellence put at the service of other's. Semper Magis!"

Anji Wall, PhD (2009)
MD/PhD Dual Degree Program: Third Year Medical School, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
"When I entered the MD/PhD program at Saint Louis University, I wanted to pursue a PhD that would best complement a career in clinical medicine so I chose Health Care Ethics. Having both an MD and PhD in Health Care Ethics will allow me to engage in translational research—recognizing ethical issues in the clinical setting, exploring them through research, and applying the findings back to clinical medicine. The dual degree will allow me to build an integrated professional career, in which my clinical practice informs the questions that I ask in my research and my research informs the way I conduct my clinical practice."
*3 alumni work only part-time in bioethics by choice given other career commitments.
Higher purpose. Greater good.
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