Welcoming Daniel Sulmasy

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics is proud to welcome Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, as its newest Senior Research Scholar. Dr. Sulmasy joins us as part of a dual appointment here at Georgetown. He will hold offices here at the Institute and also at Georgetown’s Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, reflecting his expertise in both philosophical and clinical bioethics.

Sulmasy earned a PhD in philosophy from Georgetown, and has cited it as foundational to his work as an ethicist and practicing physician. “I think [a] solid training in epistemology, metaphysics, and ethical theory are essential to doing good work in bioethics,” says Sulmasy. “Georgetown prepared me exceptionally well for this.”

He joins us from the University of Chicago, where he previously served as Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School, Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and Director of the Program on Medicine and Religion.

Sulmasy’s research interests include end‐of‐life decision making, ethics education, and spirituality in medicine. He is the author or editor of six books and has written more than 200 peer‐reviewed journal articles on topics such as the ethics of stem cell research, physician assisted suicide, informed consent, and surrogate‐decision making.

He is a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, and is the editor‐in‐chief of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. He previously served as Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Society of General Internal Medicine and on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

“We are just delighted to welcome Dan to the Kennedy Institute of Ethics — and to welcome him back to Georgetown,” says Institute Director Maggie Little.

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