Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD, HEC-C

  • Professor
  • Director, Graduate Program in Bioethics, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics


  • Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association, Bioethics

Advanced Degrees

  • JD, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX
  • PhD, Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston, Galveston, TX















Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD, is a tenured Professor of Bioethics & Health Policy at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Loyola University Chicago, having joined the faculty in January, 2002. He is also the Graduate Program Director of the online master’s and doctoral programs in bioethics. The bioethics graduate programs have grown to be one of the most thriving graduate programs at Loyola, having graduated many successful alumni. He is the moderator for Loyola Bioethics Live, a monthly program where Loyola faculty, students and guests discuss their work in an informal online format. In 2018, he was named Graduate Faculty Member of the Year at Loyola University Chicago.

He has served as a co-course director for Patient-Centered Medicine for the first year medical students at Stritch and is also a small group facilitator for both PCM-1 and PCM-3. He serves on the LUHS ethics committee and is an ethics consultant for LUHS. He became certified in 2019 by the HCEC Certification Commission and now holds the Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) credential
He has published in a variety of areas and has interests in clinical ethics, medical ethics education, professionalism and professional ethics, global health and justice, media and bioethics, the history of medicine and bioethics, and autism and neurodiversity. He has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Law School and UIC College of Medicine.

Dr. Parsi was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2007 to the nominating committee of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the major professional organization for bioethicists and medical humanities scholars in the United States. He was elected in 2009 to a 3-year term to the Board of Directors of ASBH.  He was elected in 2015 to serve a two-year term as Treasurer of ASBH. He was elected in 2019 as president-elect of ASBH. He began a two-year term as President of ASBH in October, 2021.
He also served as a member of the Public Interest Panel of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education from 2004 to 2006. He served as the chair of the Council of Graduate School Programs at Loyola for the year 2007-2008.  He became chair of the Committee on Academic Rank and Tenure (CART) for the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 2016.

In 2009, he was invited to serve as a book review editor for the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB). In 2012, he was invited to serve as an associate editor for AJOB, one of the highest impact journals in bioethics. In 2020, he started moderating AJOB webinars on a variety of topics.

From 1997 to 2001, he worked at the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association (AMA). As Director of Academic Affairs, he supervised the Institute's Fellowship and Externship Programs, as well as the seminar and lecture series. He was a senior editor for the Virtual Mentor (now the AMA Journal of Ethics).

BEHL 402 Justice and Health Care
BEHL 406 Principles of Health Care Ethics
BEHL 410 Ethics Consultation Simulation Seminar
BEHL 413 History of Medicine & Bioethics
BEHL 417 Narrative Bioethics
BEHL 427 Professionalism & Professional Ethics
BEHL 491 Bioethics of Pandemics and Public Health Preparedness
BEHL 491 Bioethics of Film and Television


Elster N, Parsi K (2023) The Infodemic and Healthcare Professionals' Ethical Obligations. Sci Tech Lawyer (Spring).

Olive EJ, Parsi K, Elster N, et al (2022) MEDICAL ETHICS: Fair Game or Fair Warning? Ethical Considerations for Social Media Use in Resident Selection - American Urological Association (auanet.org). American Urological Association

Parsi K (2022) Ethical Issues in Complex Discharge Cases in Thorny Issues in Clinical Ethics Consultations (eds. K. Wasson and M. Kuczewski) (Springer)

Elster N, Parsi K (eds) (2022) Transitioning to Adulthood with Autism: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (Springer)

Parsi K, Dudzinski DM (2022) The Need for Praxis in Combating the Race Idea in Bioethics: Theory, Refelction and Action. AJOB 2(3).

Zientek D, Parsi K. (2021) Just Distribution of Cardiovascular Resources: The Left Ventricular Assist Device. Ethical Issues in Cardiovascular Medicine, edited by David M. Zientek and Mark J. Cherry (Routledge Press)

Elster N, Parsi K. (2021) Oral Health Matters: The Ethics of Providing Oral Health During Covid-19. HEC Forum

Klugman C, Michelson K, Parsi K. (2020). Local Bioethicists Respond to the Pandemic: The Birth of the Covid-19 Chicago Bioethics Coalition (CBC). Bioethics.Net June 5th.

Parsi K, Elster N. (2020) "You Took an Oath!": Engaging Medical Students About the Importance of Oaths and Codes Through Film and Television. HEC Forum: doi.org/10.1007/s10730-020-09411-x

Elster N, Parsi K. (2020) Like Autism, Representation Falls on a SpectrumThe American Journal of Bioethics 20(4): 4-5.

Elster N, Parsi K. (2020) Transitioning from Adolescence to Adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview of Planning and Legal Issues. Child Adolesc Psychiatric Clinic N Am: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chc.2019.11.003.

Parsi, K, Winslade WJ. Why Dax's Case Still Matters. The American Journal of Bioethics 2019; 19(9): 8-10.

Wasson K, Adams WH, Berkowitz K, Danis M, Derse AR, Kuczewski MG, McCarthy M, Parsi K, Tarzian AJ. What Is the Minimal Competency for a Clinical Ethics Consult Simulation? Setting a Standard for Use of the Assessing Clinical Ethics Skills (ACES) Tool. AJOB Empirical Bioethics 2019; DOI: 10.1080/23294515.2019.1634653.

Parsi, K. Review of Christopher Meyers, The Professional Ethics Toolkit. The American Journal of Bioethics 2019 19(6).

Southworth E, Parsi K. How Should a Physician Counsel a Vegan Patient With IBD Who Might Benefit from Supplements? AMA Journal of Ethics 2018; 20(11): E1025-32.

Parsi K, Elster N. Peering into the Future of Peer Review. The American Journal of Bioethics 2018; 18(5): doi: 10.1080/15265161.2018.1453686.

Parsi K, Elster N. What's in a Name? The Ethical Importance of Respecting a Patient's "Unexplained" Medical Concerns. The American Journal of Bioethics 2018; 18(5): doi: 10.1080/15265161.2018.1461467.

Campbell K, Parsi K. A New Age of Patient Transparency: An Organizational Framework for Informed Consent. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 2017; 45(1): 60-5.

Wasson K, Kuczewski M, McCarthy M, Parsi K, Anderson EE, Hutchison P. Navigating Clinical Ethics: Using Real Case Constellations to Guide Learners and Teachers in Medicine. Southern Medical Journal 2017; 110(3): 195-99.

Parsi K. War Metaphors in Health Care: What Are They Good For? The American Journal of Bioethics 2016, 16(10): 1–2.

Parsi K. Reducing Tobacco Use Through Withdrawal Policies: When Should We Ban the Use of a Harmful Product? The American Journal of Bioethics 2016; 16(7): 1-2.

Parsi K. The Unbearable Whiteness of Bioethics: Exhorting Bioethicists to Address Racism. The American Journal of Bioethics 2016; 16(4): 1-2.

Parsi K, Elster N. Why Can't We Be Friends? A Case-Based Analysis of Ethical Issues with Social Media and Health Care. AMA Journal of Ethics 2015: 17(11): 1009-1018.

Wasson K, Anderson E, Hagstrom E, McCarthy M, Parsi K, Kuczewski M.  What Ethical Issues Really Arise in Practice at an Academic Medical Center? A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Clinical Ethics Consultations from 2008 to 2013. HEC Forum 2015; 27(3): DOI 10.1007/s10730-015-9293-5.

Hatchett L, Elster N, Wasson K, Anderson L, Parsi K.  Integrating Social Justice for Health Professional Education: Self-Reflection, Advocacy, and Collaborative Learning. Online Journal of Health Ethics 2015; 11(1).

Parsi K, Elster N. "A Life of One's Own: Challenges in the Transition from Childhood to Adulthood with Autism Spectrum Disorder." AMA Journal of Ethics 2015; 17(4): 342-7.

Wasson K, Parsi K, McCarthy M, Sidall VJ, Kuczewski M. Developing an Evaluation Tool for Assessing Clinical Ethics Consultation Skills in Simulation Based Education: The ACES Project. HEC Forum 2015; 27(1): DOI 10.1007/s10730-015-9276-6.

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

Parsi K. "Rethinking the Rescue Paradigm." The American Journal of Bioethics 2015; 15(2): 1-2.

Parsi K. "Testing Madness: Shifting From a Punitive Approach to a Therapeutic One," The American Journal of Bioethics 2014; 14(12): 1-2.

Parsi K, Elster N. "Conducting Research on Social Media - Is Facebook Like the Public Square?" The American Journal of Bioethics 2014; 14(10): 63-5.

Magnus D, Parsi K, Sharp R. "AJOB 2.0: Taking Bioethics to a New Level," AJOB 2014; 14(8): 1-2.

Elster N, Parsi K. "Monopolizing Our Bodies? The Myriad Supreme Court Case and Issues of Access and Justice." Current Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports 2013 Oct.

Parsi K, Hossa N. "Complex Discharges and Undocumented Patients: Growing Ethical Concerns." The Journal of Clinical Ethics 2012; 23(4): 299-307.

Parsi K, Elster N. "Growing Up With Autism: Challenges and Opportunities of Parenting Young Adult Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders." Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 2012; 2(3): 207-11.

Stoltenberg M, Rumas N, Parsi K. "Global Health and Service Learning: Lessons Learned at US Medical School." Medical Education Online 2012, 17: 18848.

Swetz KM, Thorsteindottir B, Feely MA, Parsi K. "Balancing Evidence-Based Medicine, Justice in Health Care, and the Technological Imperative: A Unique Role for the Palliative Medicine Physician." Journal of Palliative Medicine 2012 April; 15(4): 390-91.

Parsi K. "Education as Prevention," Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees (eds, Micah Hester and Toby Schonfeld). Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Parsi K. "The Political Satirist as Public Intellectual: the Case of Jon Stewart," American Journal of Bioethics 2011 Dec;11(12):3-6.

Parsi K, Bhattacharya D, List J. "The Dread Disease: Cancer in the Developing World," Hastings Center Report 2011; 41(3): 13-14.

Parsi K. "Abandonment" (Mr. Jones), in The Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies, Colt H, Quadrelli S, and Friedman L, editors. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Dyson M, Parsi K. "Characterizing the Risk in Pediatric Research: An Ethical Examination of the Federal Regulations," Journal of Clinical Ethics 2010; 21(3).

Parsi K. "Toward a More Just Health Care System," Annals of Health Law 2010; 19: 53-6.

Parsi K. "Commitment to Honesty with Patients" and "Commitment to Patient Confidentiality," in Professionalism in Medicine: The Case-Based Guide for Medical Students, Spandorfer J, Pohl C, Rattner S & Nasca T, editors. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.)