Affiliate, Program on Medicine and Religion
Andre Hellegers Professor of Biomedical Ethics, The Pelligrino Center for Clinical Bioethics
Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Departments of Medicine and Philosophy, Georgetown University
Dr. Sulmasy is a Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and holds a joint appointment at the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics. He is the inaugural Andre Hellegers Professor of Biomedical Ethics, holding co-appointments in the Departments of Philosophy and Medicine.
His research interests include both theoretical and empirical investigations of end-of-life decision-making, ethics education, and spirituality in medicine. Dr. Sulmasy has extensively studied the role of intention as it pertains to the rule of double effect and the distinction between killing and allowing to die. Additionally, he is interesed in the philosophy of medicine and logic of diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning. Empirically he has explored various topics including decision-making by surrogates on behalf of patients who are nearing death and informed consent for biomedical research. Dr. Sulmasy's work in spirituality primarly focuses on the spiritual dimensions of the practice of medicine.
Dr. Sulmasy holds an M.D. from Cornell University and a PhD from Georgetown University. He completed his residency, chief residency, and post-doctoral fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He continues to practice medicine part-time as a member of the Georgetown University faculty practice. He has served on a number of governmental advisory committees, and was appointed to the Presidential Commission for the study of Bioethical Problems by President Barack Obama in April 2010. He previously held faculty positions at New York University and here at the University of Chicago. While at the University of Chicago he was the Kibride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School, Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics in tthe Department of Medicine, and the Director of the Program on Medicine and Religion which he co-founded with Dr. Farr A. Curlin.
He is the author or editor of six books: The Healer's Calling (1997), Methods in Medical Ethics (2001; 2010, 2nd ed.), The Rebirth of the Clinic (2006), A Balm for Gilead (2006), Safe Passage: A Global Spiritual Sourcebook for Care at End of LIfe (2013), and Francis the Leper: Faith, Medicine, Theology, and Science (2014). Dr. Sulmasy also serves as the editor-in-chief of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.