Health Care Ethics Graduate Program Faculty

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Amy M. Haddad, Ph.D.

Amy M. Haddad, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics and the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences at Creighton University; she is also President-Elect for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She has a B.S.N. from Creighton University, an MSN from University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Among her publications are several books, including The Health Professional and Patient Interaction with Dr. Ruth Purtilo (2007) and Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics with Robert Veatch (2007). In 2001 she was selected for the national Carnegie Scholars program of the Carnegie Center for the Advancement of the Scholarship of Teaching. As part of her project for the program, Haddad evaluated various methods of teaching applied ethics including the use of standardized patients.

Helen Stanton Chapple, Ph.D.

While obtaining her Ph.D. in Anthropology and Masters in Clinical Ethics, Chapple pursued her interests in dying as it occurs in the American hospital. Her dissertation research was an ethnographic study comparing dying in two hospitals. Her current research interests involve the study of nursing recommendations for palliative care. Chapple came to Creighton in 2007 after 20 years of bedside nursing in a variety of settings. She served on the University of Virginia Health System's Ethics Committee for 10 years. An active member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, she served as its President in 2007-2008. Chapple teaches ethics to traditional nursing undergraduate students at Creighton while pursuing an MSN in Clinical Systems Administration. Her book "No Place for Dying: Hospitals and the Ideology of Rescue" was published in 2010 by Left Coast Press.

Beth Furlong, Ph.D.

Beth Furlong, Ph.D., earned her RN from the Mercy School of Nursing in Davenport, Iowa; a B.S.N. from Marycrest College in Davenport; and an M.S. from the University of Colorado. She obtained her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Nebraska and her JD from Creighton University. Social justice is the basis of her nursing, policy and law interests, and she has taught and mentored many students and health professionals in health policy to be effective in changing laws to increase health status for the public. She has volunteered, taught and consulted in many developing countries and currently serves on two National Institute of Health councils.

Christy Rentmeester, Ph.D.

Christy Rentmeester, Ph.D., is a member of the faculty at the Center for Health Policy and Ethics in the Creighton University School of Medicine. Trained as a philosopher, her academic interests focus on the intersections of ethics and humanities in professional health education, as well as on the application of moral, social and political theory to justice problems in health care, particularly regarding mental illness. Rentmeester's recent work focuses on cultivating health professions students' skills of clinical moral perception and on developing strategies for teaching health sciences students about disparities in health care. She teaches and serves on the Case Consultation Subcommittee of the Creighton University Medical Center's Ethics Committee. She is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the American Public Health Association.

John R. Stone, MD, Ph.D.

John Stone, MD, Ph.D., earned a BA from Emory University, his MD at Johns Hopkins University; an MA in philosophy at the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Brown University. Stone practiced cardiology, co-founded the Institute of Medicine and Humanities in Missoula, Montana, and was associate professor at the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University, Alabama. Social justice is an overarching theme in his work, especially health inequalities that adversely affect minority populations. These concerns flow through his work related to health policy, research ethics, cross-cultural health interventions, institutional transformation and humanistic health care. Stone's professional activities include scholarship, writing, teaching, grant development, and programmatic work.

Jos V.M. Welie, Ph.D.

Jos V.M. Welie, Ph.D., studied medical sciences and law at the University of Maastricht and philosophy at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in The Netherlands, as well as clinical ethics at Loyola University Chicago. He is a professor at the Center for Health Policy and Ethics with a secondary appointment in Creighton's Graduate School, and served as visiting professor on the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, in 2005-2006. He is on the board of several international associations and journals, and has authored, co-authored, and edited close to 200 publications. His research interests include ethical issues in death and dying, the intersection of law and ethics, philosophical anthropology, and Catholic bioethics.