Bioethics and Environmental Ethics

Date(s) - January 25, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

St. Mark's College

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Bioethics originally began as a focus on the environment and the living world around us. The focus of bioethics in the 1960s and 1970s shifted to clinical dilemmas in the wake of the development of new technologies and concerns over how persons were treated as patients. The current crisis of climate change has led clinical bioethics to become more aware of its roots and consider how the health of persons and the care they receive when ill is linked to our changing and deteriorating environment. Catholic bioethics, in particular, is challenged by Pope Francis’s writings in Laudato Si and Laudato Deum.

About the Speaker: Myles N. Sheehan, S.J., M.D.

Fr. Sheehan is a Jesuit priest, physician, and, since December 2020, the Director of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University, where he also serves as Professor of Medicine and the David Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, he trained in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, practiced in these fields, and served until 2009 as the Senior Associate Dean at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, and the Ralph P. Leischner Professor and Chair of the Leischner Institute for Medical Education.

Fr. Sheehan entered the Society of Jesus in 1985, was ordained to the priesthood in 1994, and pronounced final vows in the Society in 2005. From 2009 to 2014 Fr. Sheehan was the Provincial for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus and from 2015 to 2021 he served as the Provincial Delegate for Senior Jesuits for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus. His interests in ethics include end of life care, care of older persons, spirituality in healthcare, and medical education.

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