Job Placement

Graduates from the Saint Louis University Center for Health Care Ethics have an excellent job placement rate. Nearly all of our graduates seeking full-time employment in an ethics-related field have found positions within months of graduation and doctoral candidates are well prepared for placements in academia.

Recent appointments include academic, clinical and corporate positions, such as:

  • Tenure-track assistant professor of philosophy
  • Tenure-track assistant professor of health services
  • Director of a university bioethics institute
  • Clinical ethics postdoctoral fellowships
  • Vice president of ethics in health care systems
  • Director of ethics or mission in health care systems

Academia and Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Emily Anderson, Ph.D. (Grad ‘07)
Assistant professor of bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Kelly Dineen, R.N., J.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Assistant professor and co-director of the Bander Center at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics

Tyler Gibb, J.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Assistant professor at the University Western Michigan School of Medicine

Amanda Hine, Ph.D. (Grad '16)
Assistant professor at Regis University

Erika Ann Jeschke, Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Post-doctoral research fellow at the Uniformed Services University of Health Services

D. Robert MacDougall, M.Div., Ph.D. (Grad ‘12)
Assistant professor of philosophy in New York City College of Technology at CUNY

Andrew Plunk, MPH, Ph.D. (Grad ‘11)
Assistant professor of pediatric community health research at Eastern Virginia Medical School

Erica Salter, Ph.D. (Grad ‘11)
Assistant professor and director of the Ph.D. program at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics

Jerome Schmelzer, Ph.D. (Grad ‘09)
River University (NH) and West Essex

Devan Stahl, M.Div., Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Assistant professor at Michigan State University’s Center for Ethics and Humanities in Life Sciences

Bradley Thornock, MPH, Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Assistant professor at Saginaw Valley State University

Kevin Valadares, MHA, Ph.D. (Grad ‘03)
Chair of health administration and associate professor at University of Southern Indiana

Rebecca Volpe, Ph.D. (Grad ‘11)
Assistant professor of bioethics at the Hershey Medical Center

Kevin Voss, D.V.M., Ph.D. (Grad ‘12)
Associate professor of philosophy and director of the Concordia Center for Bioethics

Clinical Ethics and Medical Practice

Nathaniel Brown, M.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘10)
Adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellow at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Christine Gorka, Ph.D. (Grad ‘10)
Director of the Clinical Ethics Center at Memorial Medical Center

Barbara Hinze, Ph.D. (Grad ‘14)
Clinical ethicist at Memorial Medical Center

James Hynds, Ph.D. (Grad ‘05)
Senior clinical ethicist and fellowship director at UCLA Ethics Center, and visiting professor of medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine

Elena Kraus, M.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘13)
Resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Louis University

Anji Wall, M.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘09)
Clinical instructor of general surgery and abdominal transplant at Stanford Children's Hospital

Health Care Systems Ethics Executives

Rachelle Barina, MTS, Ph.D. (Grad ‘16)
System director of ethics and formation at SSM Health

Elliott Bedford, M.A., Ph.D. (Grad ‘14)
Systems director of ethics integration at St. Vincent Health

David Belde, Ph.D. (Grad ‘05)
Senior vice president of mission services at Bon Secours Richmond Health System

John Brehany, Ph.D. (Grad ‘03)
Director of institutional relations at the National Catholic Bioethics Center 

Sarah Hill, Ph.D. (Grad '16)
Systems director for palliative care initiatives at Ascension Health

John Robert Becket Gremmels, Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Systems director of ethics at Christus Health

Birgitta Sujdak Mackiewicz, Ph.D. (Grad ‘15)
Director of ethics at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Illinois

Daniel O’Brien, Ph.D. (Grad ‘00)
Senior vice president of ethics, discernment and church relations at Ascension Health

Michael Panicola, Ph.D. (Grad ‘00)
Senior vice president of mission, legal and government affairs at SSM Health Care

Mark Repenshek, Ph.D. (Grad ‘05)
Senior director of ethics integration and education at Ascension Health

Alan Sanders, M.A., Ph.D. (Grad ‘08)
Vice president of ethics integration and strategy at Trinity Health

John Paul Slosar, M.A., Ph.D. (Grad ‘03)
Vice president of ethics integration and education at Ascension Health

Ann Suziedelis, Ph.D. (Grad ‘04)
Vice president of spiritual care and ethics at Holy Cross Hospital

Private Practice (Bioethics Consulting)

Heather Danesh, Ph.D. (Grad ‘10)
Attorney at law and consultant

Craig Paterson, Ph.D. (Grad ‘10)
Director and consultant at BioEthics World

Jill Van Derven, Ph.D. (Grad ‘06)
Bioethics Consultants of Florida

Religious Orders and Clergy

Thomas Knoblach, Ph.D. (Grad ‘03)
Pastor for St. Cantius Church in the St. Cloud Diocese

Louise Lears, Ph.D. (Grad ‘01)
Teaching adjunct for the Sisters of Charity (Ohio)

Research Oversight and Government Policy

Holly Bante, Ph.D., MPH (Grad ‘12)
Director of research affairs at the University of Cincinnati

Martin Onwu, J.D., Ph.D. (Grad ‘06)
Associate general counsel for the Department of Justice’s Department of Community Policing