Amy Michelle Debaets

Faculty Scholar

Amy Michelle DeBaets, Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div., M.A., is an assistant professor of bioethics at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

She received her Ph.D. in religion from Emory University and her Th.M. and M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary; she also holds an M.A. in bioethics. She received her undergraduate degrees from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where the practice of osteopathic medicine was founded.

Dr. DeBaets’s teaching and research interests include religion and bioethics, national and international health policy, and emerging technology ethics. Her current research looks at the history of spirituality in osteopathic medicine and its impact on contemporary osteopathic physicians. The goal of the research project is to understand what the tradition of osteopathic medicine has to offer in training physicians in addressing both their own and their patients’ spirituality. The project examines the spiritual and religious traditions that informed the development of early osteopathic medicine to better understand how the holistic philosophy of personhood in that medical tradition was formed. The project will then consider how this philosophy is taught in contemporary osteopathic medical school curricula and how it impacts the practice of currently-practicing osteopathic physicians.