Program on Medicine and Religion

John D. Yoon, MD

Program Director

John D. Yoon, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is an academic hospitalist, clinical ethicist, and medical educator with research interests in the fields of virtue ethics, moral psychology, and moral and professional formation in medical education. He was co-investigator on the Project on the Good Physician, a longitudinal study of medical students funded by the New Science of Virtues Project at the University of Chicago. He maintains a faculty affiliation with the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, and also serves as Senior Faculty Advisor of the Hyde Park Institute. As one of the co-founding Faculty Scholars of the Program, Dr. Yoon has been with the Program since its inception. His area of scholarship has addressed professional identity formation of physicians, physician well-being, and the role of religion/spirituality in shaping the moral and professional formation of physicians-in-training. Dr. Yoon has been deeply involved in generating new educational initiatives at the University that promote the study of Religion, Ethics, and Medicine to Medical Students, Divinity Students, undergraduates in the College, and other residents and trainees in health care. Most recently, he received funding from the Templeton Foundation to launch a Graduate Teaching Fellowship in Religion, Ethics and the Medical Sciences (REMS) in collaboration with the Hyde Park Institute and the Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS). Working with these Templeton Teaching Fellows (2020-2021), he plans to develop creative educational programming in religion, ethics, and medicine at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Yoon’s long-term vision for the Program is to establish a new field of Medical Education Chaplaincy ultimately through the development of a Chaplain Scholars Training Program. These “medical education” chaplains would be trained to provide spiritual care and cultivate the whole-person flourishing of clinicians in health care who are training to care for others, particularly in light of the existential challenges of clinician burnout and moral distress in the midst of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. He is in the process of being ordained as a future university minister and Spiritual Director to clinicians, students, and resident trainees in health care. Toward that end, Dr. Yoon is completing a four-year program of study and an internship in Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian Tradition (Society of Jesus). 

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Daniel T. Kim, MA, MPH

Assistant Director
2020-2021 Templeton Teaching Fellow in Religion, Ethics, and the Medical Sciences
2020-2021 William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellow at the Divinity School

Daniel T. Kim, MA, MPH, is a PhD Candidate in Religious Ethics at the University of Chicago, Divinity School. He received his master’s degrees in religious ethics and public health from Yale University, and has since published on medicine, ethics, and religion in leading academic journals. He previously served as Senior Program Manager of the Program on Medicine and Religion (2010-2016), as an organizer for its national series of Conferences on Medicine and Religion (2012-2016), and as Managing Editor of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics (2010-2017). Daniel’s current project Modern Medicine and the Hermeneutical Self: Meaning, Ethics, and Identity draws on the moral theories of Charles Taylor and Augustine to interrogate a range of bioethical concerns that grow out of his work at the Program on Medicine and Religion, including clinician malaise and health justice. His research interests extend also to questions of moral and spiritual significance in end-of-life care, biotechnology, and research ethics. Daniel most recently served as Senior Associate of the Center for Ethics and Professionalism at the American College of Physicians (2017-2019).


Caroline Anglim, MA

Co-Assistant Director
2020-2021 Templeton Teaching Fellow in Religion, Ethics, and the Medical Sciences
2020-2021 Martin Marty Center Fellow at the Divinity School

Caroline Anglim, MA, is a PhD candidate in Religious Ethics at the University of Chicago, Divinity School. Her dissertation research approaches medical ethics as a space of public, democratic discourse. She is working to identify analytical categories and conceptual distinctions in theories of democracy to make those relevant and useful to medical ethicists as they address issues of religious pluralism in American public health systems. She is pursuing this project with the support of a Martin Marty Center junior Fellowship, which fosters interdisciplinary scholarship on issues of religion in public life. She is currently an Alma Wilson Teaching Fellow for the Divinity School and College and has previously served as the Coordinator of the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion (2019-2020). In 2019, Caroline helped to organize and lead the Program on Medicine and Religion’s “Religious Dimensions of Healthcare Delivery, a conference for clinicians and chaplains in the greater Chicago area.


Kathryn R. Thompson

Program Manager

Kathryn Thompson is a 4th year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in pre-professional science and theology. As an undergraduate, she worked as a mentor-in-faith and office assistant for the Notre Dame Vision program at the McGrath Institute for Church Life. She is currently a Medical Student Scholar at the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, an Undergraduate Mentor for the Hyde Park Institute Scholars in Ethics and Medicine intiative, and a Student Ambassador for the Social Sciences Scholarship and Discovery research track at the medical school. Under the mentorship of Dr. John Yoon, Kathryn conducted qualitative research at a local retirement home exploring how seniors process aging through the lens of the Christian faith. Through her parish, she has served as a Minister of Care at the hospital and as a Catechist for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

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