John Hardt, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Vice Dean, Professional Formation, Stritch School of Medicine
  • Adjunct, Niehoff School of Nursing, Health Systems Leadership and Policy Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Chicago, Faculty Scholar, Program on Medicine and Religion, 2012-2014


  • University of Chicago, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Chicago, IL

Advanced Degrees

  • PhD in Christian Ethics, Boston College, MA
  • MA in Systematic Theology, Boston College, MA



John Hardt, PhD, is the Vice Dean of Professional Formation and Associate Professor of Bioethics in Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine.

He serves as a lecturer in the medical school on issues pertaining to Catholicism and medicine, end-of-life decision-making, and advanced directives.

In March of 2012, Dr. Hardt was awarded a two-year, funded appointment as a Faculty Scholar in The University of Chicago’s Program on Medicine and Religion where he is pursuing research at the intersection of the professional formation of physicians and Ignatian spirituality. As an outgrowth of his work as a Faculty Scholar, he serves as director of a new pilot project for medical student formation at Stritch entitled, The Program on the Physician’s Vocation. John’s research and writing has focused on professional ethics, end-of-life care in the Catholic tradition, neonatal ethics, and physician conscience in the clinical encounter, a topic on which he offered testimony to the President's Council on Bioethics in Washington, D.C. His teaching portfolio considers issues in religion and medicine with special attention paid to the Catholic moral tradition.


BEHP 415 Catholic Bioethics in Clinical Practice

BEHP 426 Ignatian Spirituality and Medicine

BEHP 414 Moral Theology for Bioethics

BEHP 409 Religion & Bioethics

Research Interests

Professional ethics, end-of-life care in the Catholic tradition, neonatal ethics, physician conscience in the clinical encounter, spirituality and physician formation.


Hardt J.  (2020)“Birth narratives, babies, and the Catholic moral imagination: informing influences on the Pope’s Address”.  Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, volume 63, number 3 (summer 2020): 539–543.

Irizarry Gatell V, Ng uyen T, Anderson EE, McCarthy MP, Hardt JJ. (2017) Characteristics of Medical Students Planning to Work in Medically Underserved Settings. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved 28(4): 1409-22.

Wasson K, Bading E, Hardt J, Hatchett L, Kuczewski MG, McCarthy M, Michelfelder A, Parsi K (2015). Physician Know Thyself: The Role of Reflection in Bioethics and Professionalism Education. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 5(1): 77-86.

Hardt J. (2011) Murder or Mercy? Southern Medical Journal 104(10):682-63.

Hardt J. (2009) Birth Plan. America Magazine, November.

Hardt J, Smith P. (2009) Ethics. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, 4th Ed, Carey, Crocker, Coleman, et al, eds (Saunders-Elsevier: Philadelphia): 985-89.

Hardt J. (2008) The Conscience Debate: Resources for Rapprochement from the Problem’s Perceived Source. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 29:151–60.

Hardt J. (2008) Some Thoughts on Conscience in the Delivery of Catholic Health Care. Health Care Ethics USA 16(1).

Hardt J. (2008) Church Teaching and My Father’s Choice: ANH for PVS Patients in the Catholic Tradition. America Magazine, January.

O’Rourke K, Hardt J. (2007) The CDF Response, In Perspective, Health Progress 88(6):44-7.

Hardt J. (2007) The Necessity of Conscience and the Unspoken Ends of Medicine. American Journal of Bioethics 7(6):18-19.

Duke University, Working Group on the Profession and the Practice of Medicine, 2009 - 2012.

Princeton University, Witherspoon Institute, “Protecting Institutional Religious Conscience” Consultant, April 2011.