2019 FSA Annual Meeting

Gerard Magill



Dr. Magill holds the Vernon F. Gallagher Chair at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh (appointed in 2007) where he is a tenured Professor in the Center for Healthcare Ethics.

       In 1987 he graduated with his Ph.D. degree from Edinburgh University in Scotland. From 1987 he developed his scholarly career at Saint Louis University where in 1996 he was appointed as the Department Chair of the Center for Healthcare Ethics in the University’s Health Sciences Campus. As Executive Director of that Center from 1999, he held multiple appointments including being a member of the Council of Deans for the University’s Health Sciences Campus, a Division Director in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University Hospital, a member of the University’s Institutional Review Board, a member of the Hospital Ethics Committee, a Professor in the School of Medicine (secondary appointment), and a Professor in the School of Public Health (secondary appointment).

       He has authored, co-authored, or edited 10 books including a co-authored textbook on health care ethics. He has just completed a co-authored book on Governance Ethics for Boards of Directors in Health Care. He has published over 60 scholarly and professional articles and he has given over 200 scholarly presentations at conferences. He is a member of 15 Professional Associations. He has extensive experience on Institutional Review Boards, Hospital Ethics Committees and Ethics Consultation Services.

       In 2015, he was appointed by Duquesne University’s President to be Chair of the Committee for the annual endowed conference series on the Integrity of Creation. Each conference results in a co-edited book: the 1st conference led to a book on The Urgency of Climate Change (2016), and the 2nd conference led to a book on Integral Ecology (2018), the 3rd conference led to a book on Cascading Challenges in the Global Water Crisis (2019, forthcoming). The 4th conference is on the Global Sustainability Challenge, Sep. 2018.

       At the Center for Healthcare Ethics, Dr. Magill teaches graduate courses on Methods in Healthcare Ethics, Genetics and Ethics, and Organizational Ethics in Health Care. He has directed 30 doctoral dissertations at Duquesne University since 2007. His current bioethics research includes: Governance Ethics and Organizational Ethics in Healthcare; Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (e.g., Face & Limb transplants); Human Genomics; Hospital Ethics Committees; Research Ethics, Human Subjects Protection, and Institutional Review Boards; Medical Error and Patient Safety.