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Center Hires New Moral Theologian

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Center Hires Moral Theologian

Tobias Winright, PhDThe Center for Health Care Ethics has hired a new Moral Theologian. Tobias Winright, PhD joined the CHCE faculty in March of this year, and has taught in the Department of Theological Studies at SLU since 2005. Dr. Winright will be teaching two courses at the graduate level: Health Care Ethics in the Catholic Tradition; and Methods in Religious Ethics. He will also be teaching a Foundations of Catholic Health Care Ethics in the undergraduate minor. Center Director, Dr. Jeffrey Bishop states, “We are delighted to have Tobias in the Center. His leadership in the Society for Christian Ethics demonstrates that he is well-respected in the community of moral theologians.”

Dr. Winright studied medical ethics, bioethics, and health care ethics at Duke with Harmon Smith and Stanley Hauerwas. Issues related to these areas also arose in courses he studied at Notre Dame with Richard McCormick, SJ, and Maura Ryan. Winright also served as a research assistant on some medical ethics-related topics for M. Cathleen Kaveny while at Notre Dame.

Winright is pleased to join the center and looks forward to the opportunities the new appointment will bring. He states, “Although I studied medical ethics, bioethics, and health care ethics in graduate school, there was interest over the years on my take about other moral issues--such as war, capital punishment, the use of force, and environmental degradation--given my professional experience in criminal justice. Now, I am excited to be able to return my attention as a theological ethicist to health care. I hope to continue to retrieve and creatively apply resources found in the Catholic tradition, as I have done with other moral problems, to questions we face in the practice of medicine.”


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