Peter A. Clark, S.J., Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Institute of Clinical Bioethics
Specializations: Medical Ethics, Catholic Bioethics, Clinical Bioethics
Office: Barbelin 108
Phone: 610-660-1867
Fax: 610-660-3426
Website: Institute of Clinical Bioethics

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Peter A. Clark, S.J., Ph.D. is a Professor of Medical Ethics and Director of the Institute of Clinical Bioethics at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He is also the Bioethicist for the Mercy Health System of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. In addition he is the consultant for Catholic Charities of Maryland, Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore Maryland and Mercy Health System, Baltimore Maryland.

As Bioethicist, Father Clark is responsible for the ethical training of the medical interns and residents in the 4 hospitals. He does weekly Ethics Teaching Rounds at the four acute care facilities in the Mercy Health System, co-chairs the hospital ethics committees, IRBs and the Corporate Ethics Committee and is on consult 24/7 for the 4 hospitals.

Father Clark is author of numerous articles in medical and bioethics journals on topics, which include: medical futility, pain management, prejudice in the medical profession, the medical use of marijuana, tube feedings and PVS patients, male circumcision and HIV/AIDS, face transplantation, and the Ashley treatment, etc.

He is also author of To Treat or Not to Treat: the Ethical Methodology of Richard A. McCormick as Applied to Treatment Decisions for Handicapped Newborns published by Creighton University Press. His upcoming book is Death With Dignity: Ethical and Practical Considerations for Caregivers of the Terminally Ill, which will be published in the fall. Father Clark also is a reviewer for numerous bioethics journals and is a member of various medical and ethical organizations nationally and internationally.



  • Ph.D. Christian Ethics - Specialization in Biomedical Ethics, Loyola University of Chicago, 1996
  • M.Div. Divinity, Weston School of Divinity, 1992
  • M.A. Philosophy, Fordham University, 1987
  • M.S. Counseling Psychology, Duquesne University, 1978
  • B.A. International Relations, Saint Joseph's College, 1975
  • Minor: Latin American Studies

Professional Experience

  • Director of the Institute for Catholic Bioethics
  • Member of the Consortium of Jesuit Bioethics Programs (Steering Committee)
  • International Forum of Catholic Bioethicists – Brussels, Belgium 2009-2012 (Steering Committee)
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Society of Christian Ethics
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Jesuit Philosophical Society

Courses Taught

  • Christian Medical Ethics
  • Ethics of Healthcare
  • Just Healthcare in Developing Nations


  • Clark, P. To Treat Or Not To Treat: The Ethical Methodology Of Richard A. McCormick, S.J. As Applied To Treatment Decisions For Handicapped Newborns (Omaha, NE.: Creighton University Press, Fall 2003).
  • Clark, P. Death With Dignity: Ethical and Practical Considerations for Caregivers of the Terminally Ill (Scranton, Pa.: University of Scranton Press, Summer 2011).
  • Clark, P. (Editor) Contemporary Issues in Bioethics (Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Publishers, 2012).

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Grants and Awards

  • Michael J. Morris Grant for Scholarly Research – 2011-2012
  • Certificate of Merit - Extraordinary Achievement in Teaching - Saint Joseph's University- 2005-2006
  • Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching – Saint Joseph’s University, 2004-2005
  • Dean Connelly Award for the Outstanding Article of 2005 from the American College of Health Care Executives – March 2005
  • Midcareer Award –Catholic Health Association – June 2004
  • John McShain Chair in Ethics - Saint Joseph’s University - 2000 to 2002

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  • Ethicist, Catholic Charities Child and Family Services, Baltimore, Maryland (2013-Present)
  • Ethicist, Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland (2013-Present)
  • Ethicist, St. Agnes Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland (2013-Present)
  • Ethicist, Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2011-Present)
  • Ethicist, Inglis Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2011-Present)

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Faculty Expert Profile

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