Peter A. Clark, S.J.

Professor and Director of Institute of Catholic Bioethics

Areas Taught: Latin American Studies, Religious Studies, Theology

Expertise: Catholic Bioethics, End-of-Life Issues, Health Care Management and Religion, Health Care Reform

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Merging Medicine and Morality

Face transplants. The global pain crisis. Designer babies. All three topics fall under the umbrella of bioethics, a field Peter Clark, S.J., specializes in and to which he brings a Catholic perspective.

"There is a real hunger for information about Catholic bioethics and how it can assist the medical community in dealing with complex medical dilemmas," says Fr. Clark.

A professor of theology who has developed popular undergraduate and graduate programs in health care ethics at Saint Joseph's, Fr. Clark serves as the director of the University’s Institute of Catholic Bioethics. A bioethicist for the Mercy Health System in Philadelphia, as well as for the Institutional Review Boards of the American College of Radiology in Philadelphia and the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, N.J., Fr. Clark is also on the steering committees of the International Forum of Catholic Bioethics and the Consortium of Jesuit Bioethics Centers.

His extensive list of publications and other written work, which are among the forces changing the way health care is managed and doctors are educated – nationally and internationally – includes two books: To Treat or Not to Treat: The Ethical Methodology of Richard A. McCormick, S.J., As Applied to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Newborns and Death with Dignity; Ethical and Practical Considerations for Caregivers of the Terminally Ill.

Media outlets as diverse as CNN.com and The Philadelphia Tribune have sought Fr. Clark’s expertise on topics ranging from the ethics associated with face transplants to the quality of health care offered to racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. His article for Health Progress, "Racial and Ethnic Medical Disparities in the West Philadelphia African American Community: A Paradigm for Catholic Hospitals," highlights issues he upholds as "cutting edge, and quite pertinent to the legal, medical and ethical areas of research."

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