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Graduates from the Saint Louis University Center for Health Care Ethics have an excellent job placement rate. Nearly all of our SLU graduates seeking full-time employment in an ethics-related field have found positions within months of graduation, and doctoral candidates are well-prepared for placements in academia.

Recent appointments include academic, clinical and corporate positions, such as:

  • Tenure-track assistant professor of philosophy
  • Tenure-track assistant professor of health services
  • Director of a university bioethics institute
  • Clinical ethics postdoctoral fellowships
  • Vice president of ethics in health care systems
  • Director of ethics or mission in health care systems

Academia and Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Shahram Ahmadi Nasab Emran, M.D., Ph.D. (Grad '20)
Visiting assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy at Villanova University

Emily Anderson, Ph.D. (Grad ‘07)
Assistant professor of bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Alec Arnold,  Ph.D. (Grad '21)
Director of ministry formation at Bon Secours Mercy Health

Lauren Baker, Ph.D.(Grad '22)                                                                                                Instructor of medicine and co-investigator for the Healthcare, Values, and the Spiritual Life Program at Washington University

Abram L. Brummett Ph.D. (Grad ‘19)
Clinical ethics fellow of the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College

Kelly Dineen, R.N., J.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Assistant professor and co-director of the Bander Center at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics

Martin Fitzgerald, Ph.D. (Grad '22)                                                                                            Assistant professor at Ohio State University in the Division of Bioethics

Brandy Fox, Ph.D. (Grad '22)
Research fellow at Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE)

Annie Friedrich, Ph.D. (Grad '21)
Fellowship staff scientist at Washington University Bioethics Research Center

Tyler Gibb, J.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Assistant professor at the University Western Michigan School of Medicine

Amanda Hine, Ph.D. (Grad '16)
Assistant professor at Regis University

Erika Ann Jeschke, Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Post-doctoral research fellow at the Uniformed Services University of Health Services

Jaime Konerman-Sease, M.A. (Grad '22)
Clinical ethics adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics 

Kayla Kostelecky, J.D, Ph.D. (Grad '20)
Affiliate faculty, Health Services Education at Regis University

D. Robert MacDougall, M.Div., Ph.D. (Grad ‘12)
Assistant professor of philosophy in New York City College of Technology at CUNY

Reverend Jarosław. L. Mikuczewski S.J, M.A., M.Sc., M.Div., Ph.D. (Grad ‘22)
Research Fellow at Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University 

Jordan Mason, M.Div., HEC-C, Ph.D. (Grad ‘23)                                                                  Assistant professor of theology and bioethics at Belmont University  

Ruaim Muaygil, MBBS, MBE, Ph.D. (Grad ‘18)
Healthcare ethics faculty at King Saud University

Gina Noia, Ph.D. (Grad ‘18)
Assistant professor of theology at Ave Maria University

Benjamin Parks , Ph.D. (Grad ‘20)
Assistant professor of religious studies and medical ethics at Mercy College of Ohio

Kathryn Pham, Ph.D. (Grad ‘22)                                                                                                  Director at EAB Global, Inc. in the Student Success department.

Andrew Plunk, MPH, Ph.D. (Grad ‘11)
Assistant professor of pediatric community health research at Eastern Virginia Medical School

Erica Salter, Ph.D. (Grad ‘11)
Assistant professor and director of the Ph.D. program at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics

Jerome Schmelzer, Ph.D. (Grad ‘09)
River University (NH) and West Essex

Devan Stahl, M.Div., Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Assistant professor at Michigan State University’s Center for Ethics and Humanities in Life Sciences

Bradley Thornock, MPH, Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Assistant professor at Saginaw Valley State University

Kevin Valadares, MHA, Ph.D. (Grad ‘03)
Chair of health administration and associate professor at University of Southern Indiana

Rebecca Volpe, Ph.D. (Grad ‘11)
Assistant professor of bioethics at the Hershey Medical Center

Kevin Voss, D.V.M., Ph.D. (Grad ‘12)
Associate professor of philosophy and director of the Concordia Center for Bioethics

Clinical Ethics and Medical Practice

Michelle Bach, Ph.D. (Grad ‘20)
M.D. student

Nathaniel Brown, M.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘10)
Adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellow at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Jacquelyn Harootunian-Cutts (Ph.D. Candidate)                                                                    Clinical Ethicist at Providence

Christine Gorka, Ph.D. (Grad ‘10)
Director of the Clinical Ethics Center at Memorial Medical Center

Barbara Hinze, Ph.D. (Grad ‘14)
Clinical ethicist at Memorial Medical Center

James Hynds, Ph.D. (Grad ‘05)
Senior clinical ethicist and fellowship director at UCLA Ethics Center, and visiting professor of medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine

Elena Kraus, M.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘13)
Resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Louis University

Kyle Karches, M.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘22)
Practicing Physician & Associate Professor Internal Medicine and Health Care Ethics

Jay R. Malone, M.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘19)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine & Section Leader for Ethics and Health Policy at Washington University
Medical Director of Ethics at St. Louis Children's Hospital Services

Anji Wall, M.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘09)
Clinical instructor of general surgery and abdominal transplant at Stanford Children's Hospital

Health Care Systems Ethics Executives

Rachelle Barina, MTS, Ph.D. (Grad ‘16)
System director of ethics and formation at SSM Health

Elliott Bedford, M.A., Ph.D. (Grad ‘14)
Systems director of ethics integration at St. Vincent Health

David Belde, Ph.D. (Grad ‘05)
Senior vice president of mission services at Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Amanda Berg, M.A. (Ph.D. Candidate)                                                                                        Director of Mission at Bon Secours Mercy Health

John Brehany, Ph.D. (Grad ‘03)
Director of institutional relations at the National Catholic Bioethics Center 

Kirsten Dempsey, M.A. (Ph.D. Candidate)                                                                                  Manager of Mission Integration at SSM Health

Samuel Deter, M.A. (Ph.D. Candidate)                                                                                        System manager of Formation at SSM Health

Nathaniel Blanton Hibner, PhD (Grad ‘19)
Ethics director at the Catholic Health Association of the United States

Sarah Hill, Ph.D. (Grad '16)
Systems director for palliative care initiatives at Ascension Health

Ryan Holmes, Ph.D. (Grad ‘18)
Bioethicist in Program of Medicine and Human Values at Sutter Health

John Robert Becket Gremmels, Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Systems director of ethics at Christus Health

Birgitta Sujdak Mackiewicz, Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Director of ethics at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Illinois

Daniel O’Brien, Ph.D. (Grad ‘00)
Senior vice president of ethics, discernment and church relations at Ascension Health

Michael Panicola, Ph.D. (Grad ‘00)
Senior vice president of mission, legal and government affairs at SSM Health Care

Mark Repenshek, Ph.D. (Grad ‘05)
Senior director of ethics integration and education at Ascension Health

Alan Sanders, M.A., Ph.D. (Grad ‘08)
Vice president of ethics integration and strategy at Trinity Health

Sarah Sawicki, M.A. (Grad ‘23)
Ethicist at the UAB Hospital Clinical Ethics Program

Kristen Senetar, M.A., MSPH (Ph.D. Candidate)
Director of Ethics at Mercy Oklahoma City 

Kaitey Sheldon, M.A. (Ph.D. Candidate)
Ethicist at OSF Healthcare St. Francis Medical Center 

John Paul Slosar, M.A., Ph.D. (Grad ‘03)
Vice president of ethics integration and education at Ascension Health

Ann Suziedelis, Ph.D. (Grad ‘04)
Vice president of spiritual care and ethics at Holy Cross Hospital

Private Practice (Bioethics Consulting)

Heather Danesh, Ph.D. (Grad ‘10)
Attorney at law and consultant

Craig Paterson, Ph.D. (Grad ‘10)
Director and consultant at BioEthics World

Jill Van Derven, Ph.D. (Grad ‘06)
Bioethics Consultants of Florida

Religious Orders and Clergy

Thomas Knoblach, Ph.D. (Grad ‘03)
Pastor for St. Cantius Church in the St. Cloud Diocese

Louise Lears, Ph.D. (Grad ‘01)
Teaching adjunct for the Sisters of Charity (Ohio)

Research Oversight and Government Policy

Holly Bante, Ph.D., MPH (Grad ‘12)
Director of research affairs at the University of Cincinnati

Kathrine Bendtsen, M.A., Ph.D. (Grad ‘23)                                                                                 IRB Analyst at Saint Louis University

Aaliyah Eaves, J.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘19)
Healthcare Resolutions Specialist for the U.S. Army

Martin Onwu, J.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘06)
Associate general counsel for the Department of Justice’s Department of Community Policing

Tim Rubbelke, Ph.D. (Grad ‘18)
Research compliance specialist, conflict of interest programs, office of research integrity and ethics at Washington University