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Kimbell Kornu, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant professor of health care ethics; Assistant professor of palliative medicine
Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics


  • Clinical fellow in hospice and palliative medicine at Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D. in theology at the University of Nottingham
  • Internal Medicine Residency Training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • M.A.R. from Westminster Theological Seminary
  • B.S. in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University

Research Interests

History and philosophy of medicine; intersection of theology and medicine; medical ethics; social, philosophical and historical determinants of medicine; philosophical and theological anthropology; physician-patient relationship as it relates to phenomenology, aesthetics and ethics.

Publications and Media Placements

  • Kornu, K. (Under review). “Asclepius against the Crucified: Medical Nihilism and Incarnational Life in Death.” Christian Bioethics.
  • Kornu, K. (2015). “‘Know Thyself’: The Soul of Anatomical Dissection.” In The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person, eds., Samuel Kimbriel and Eric Lee, 93–113. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.
  • Kornu, K. (2014). “The Beauty of Healing: Covenant, Eschatology, and Jonathan Edwards’ Theological Aesthetics Toward a Theology of Medicine.” Christian Bioethics 20: 43-58.

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Christian Ethics