Mark Kuczewski, PhD, HEC-C

  • Michael I English, S.J., Professor of Medical Ethics
  • Director, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics,
    Stritch School of Medicine

Advanced Degree
  • PhD, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA








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Mark G. Kuczewski, PhD, is the Fr. Michael I. English, S.J., Professor of Medical Ethics.  He is also the director of the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy. Mark is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and a Fellow of the Hastings Center.  Mark is a dedicated bioethics educator. He is known for having created two of the major online graduate programs in bioethics. In the mid-1990s, his experience in providing resources to support ethics committees in community hospitals led him to explore online education. His mission has been to form a supportive learning community that enables experienced professionals to share their insights and support each other to meet their emerging clinical and administrative challenges.  The graduate bioethics programs of the Neiswanger Institute are the outcome of this guiding ideal.

His current interests include attention to the role of culture and spirituality in decision making.  This has led him to a particular interest in the bioethical issues related to the recent wave of immigration to the United States. He has been an articulate spokesperson for the just and equitable treatment of immigrant patients.  His writings argue for a prohibition on forced medical repatriation and the severing of any relationship between health insurance and immigration status. He served as the project manager of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine effort to include Dreamers in medical education.  This resulted in Stritch becoming the first medical school in the nation to welcome applications from Dreamers of DACA status.  He is also co-chair (with Bruce Boyer, JD) of the university-wide Dreamer Committee at Loyola University Chicago that seeks to foster inclusion of Dreamers in all aspects of the life of the university including its research, education, and service missions.

For this work, Mark has received numerous awards including the Moral Courage Award (with Linda Brubaker, MD) from Faith in Public Life, the Transformative Education Award from Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Special Recognition (with Linda Brubaker, MD) from the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation, the Carmen Velasquez Warrior Award (with Linda Brubaker, MD) from Alivio Medical Center, and the Policy Award (with Linda Brubaker, MD) from the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, the Strangers No Longer Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Cultural Unity Award (with Diana Andino, Rosa Aramburo, Everardo Arias, Manuel Bernal, Johana Mejias-Beck and Aaima Sayed) from TEACH (Tutoring English to Advance Change). 

Mark was named co-winner of the Loyola University Chicago 2017 Faculty Member of the Year.  Read Dr. Kuczewski's remarks here.


BEHL 401 Clinical Bioethics
BEHL 403 Ethics Across the Care Continuum
BEHL 412 Organizational Ethics I: Business, Professionalism, and Justice
BEHL 419 Organizational Ethics II: Ethical Leadership for a Changing Healthcare Environment


My Podcasts

“What Should Health Professions Students Know About How Immigration Status Affects Health?” AMA Journal of Ethics (August 2022)

"Undocumented Patients: Two Journeys," with Johana Mejias-Beck, MD, Ethicslab Podcasts (February 2020)

Immigrant Youth at Risk,” Catholic Health Association podcasts, Episode 17 (July 2019)

“Ethics Talk: Compassionate and Respectful Care for Undocumented Immigrants,”AMA Journal of Ethics (January 2019)

“Ethics Talk: Accepting Applications for Medical School from “DREAMers,”AMA Journal of Ethics (February 2015)

"Medical Myths: Undocumented Immigrants and Healthcare" Medicus Podcasts Episode 40 (March 27, 2020)

My Blogs

  • Bioethicists and Health Care Institutions Must Act Against Florida’s Anti-Immigrant Law. Hastings Bioethics Forum May 24, 2023
  • DACA at 10: More, Please. Hastings Bioethics Forum June 14, 2022
  • Making Vaccine Appointments is Tearing Us Apart. Hastings Bioethics Forum March 17, 2021
  • Deny Vaccination to Undocumented Immigrants? Who Might Benefit? Bioethics.Net Blog January 7, 2021
  • Measure Twice and Cut Once: The Value of Health Care Ethicists in the Pandemic. Hastings Bioethics Forum June 10, 2020
  • When DACA Recipients Seek to Match: Some Tips from the Trenches.  Kuczewski M, Sayed A, Aramburo R, Michelfelder A.  AM ROUNDS, April 2, 2019.
  • Can Medicine Cure What's Wrong with U.S. Immigration Policy?, July 26, 2016
  • The Medical School of Dreams and Dreamers: One Year Later. Brubaker L, Kuczewski M, AM ROUNDS, September 28, 201
  • Medical School as a Reflective Community, Wing of Zock, July 30, 2015
  • Loyola Stritch DREAMers Advocate for Students of DACA Status at LMSA Policy Summit, April 2015
  • Medical School Dreams & DREAMers: What the New Contributors to Medicine Have Taught Us, March 2015
  • Social Media for Health-Care Professionals: A Starter Kit, January 2015
  • Responding to the Dream – Loyola Stritch School of Medicine & Dreamer Applicants, April 2014
  • HealthCare & Immigration: A Summary to Accompany BioethxChat Twitter Event, April 2014
  • The Faith of DREAMers, March 2014



Girtain K, Shah S, Monterrey AC, Gutierrez JR, Kuczewski M, Linton JM. (2023) Moving Toward Inclusion: Access to Care Models for Uninsured Immigrant Children. Milbank Quarterly


Kuczewski MG. When Nonprofit Health Care Behaves Badly: The Case for Mission Leaders as Ombudsmen. Health Affairs Forefront. December 16, 2022.

Montelongo Hernandez C,  Ramirez Alvarado S, Suarez J, Kuczewski MG. (2022) Report Card Time: How Has the Biden Administration Addressed the U.S. Hispanic Community’s Social Determinants of Health? American Journal of Bioetihcs  AJOB 2022 MK

Kuczewski M, Wasson K, Hutchison P, Dilling D. Putting Ethics and Clinical Decision Making before Politics: Requiring COVID-19 Immunization for Solid Organ Transplantation (SOT) Candidates and Their Support Team. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, 41(1):17-19 Published October 21, 2021. DOI:

Kuczewski MG (2021) Addressing Systemic Health Inequities Involving Undocumented Youth in the United States. AMA Journal of Ethics 23(2): E134-143

Kuczewski MGBlair A. (2021) How Should the History of Physician Involvement in the Holocaust Inform How Physicians Approach Employers? AMA J Ethics. 2021;23(1):E12-17. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2021.12.  

Kuczewski M. (2020) If Congress Doesn’t Save DACA, 62,000 Healthcare Professionals Could Be Deported. The Hill, 5/29/20, 

Kuczewski MG (2019). But We Can Do Something! Caring for the Ongoing Needs of an Undocumented Patient. [Case Commentary] American Journal of Bioethics 19(1): 82-83

Wasson K, Chaidez C, Hatchett L, Garcia Manrique B, Garcia Nieto E, Kuczewski MG. (2019) "We have a lot of power...": A Medical School's Journey Through Its New Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Initiative. Cureus 11(10): e6037. doi: 10.7759/cureus.6037

Kuczewski MG, Meijas-Beck J, Blair A, Fitz M. (2019) Limbo Really Exists: Undocumented Youth at Risk. Health Progress 100(4): 10-15.

Kuczewski M. (2019) Health Insurance for Undocumented Immigrants? It’s Only Fair to All of Us. The Hill 7/8/19

Kuczewski MG, Mejias-Beck J, Blair A, Fitz M. (2019) Limbo Really Exists: Undocumented Youth at Risk. Health Progress 100(4): 10-15, July-August

Talamantes E, Bribiesca Y, Rangel-Alvarez B, Viramontes O, Zhou M, Kanzaria H, Kuczewski MG, Moreno G. (2019)  The Termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Medical Education in the U.S.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health First Online April 23, 2019. 

Kuczewski, MG. (2019) Clinical Ethicists Awakened: Addressing Two Generations of Clinical Ethics Issues involving Undocumented Patients. American Journal of Bioethics 19(4): 51-57  and Don't We Need Something More in These Extraordinalry Times?  Response to the Commentaries.  W10-W12.

Kuczewski MG, Mejias-Beck J, Blair A. (2019). Good Sanctuary Doctoring for Undocumented Patients. AMA Journal of Ethics 21(1): E78-85.

Wasson K, Adams WH, Berkowitz K, Danis M, Derse AR, Kuczewski MG, McCarthy M, Parsi K, Tarzian AJ (2019). 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, DOI: 10.1080/23294515.2019.1634653.

Kuczewski M, Pinkus RL, Wasson, K. An Ethics Casebook for Hospitals: Practical Approaches to Everyday Ethics Consultations, 2nd Ed. Georgetown University Press, 2018.

Anderson EE, Boyd B, Qureshi NK, Stirling JM, McCarthy V, Kuczewski MG. (2018). Operation Homefront: Meeting Clerkship Competencies with Home Visits to Families of Children of Special Needs. Academic Pediatrics doi: 

Kuczewski MG, Anderson EE. (2018) Against Consent Form Language Requiring Multiple and/or Specific Methods of Contraception. IRB: Ethics &Human Research. 40(3): 11-13.

Mark G. Kuczewski, John D. Lantos, Zarna Patel.  Advocating for the DREAM Act: Why Pediatricians Should Care and What They Can Do.  Pediatrics November 2017.

Mark Kuczewski, Danish Zaidi, The rescinding of DACA: What should healthcare professionals and academics do? (And why?) October 12, 2017.

Mark Kuczewski, Here's what we are supposed to believe about immigration as Catholics. America, September 29, 2017.

Kuczewski M, Nakae S. (2017) Universities Seek DACA Recipient Strategies. Health Progress  July-August: 15-21.

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.

Kuczewski MG. (2017) How Medicine May Save the Life of US Immigration Policy: From Clinical and Educational Encounters to Ethical Public Policy. AMA Journal of Ethics. March;19(3): 263-271.

Kuczewski MG. (2016) The Really New Jim Crow: Why Bioethicists Must Ally With Undocumented Immigrants. The American Journal of Bioethics 16(4): 21-23.

Wasson K, Anderson E, Hagstrom E, McCarthy M, Parsi K, Kuczewski MG. (2015) 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 27(3): DOI 10.1007/s10730-015-9293-5.

Wasson K, Parsi K, McCarthy M, Sidall VJ, Kuczewski MG. (2015) Developing an Evaluation Tool for Assessing Clinical Ethics Consultation Skills in Simulation Based Education: The ACES Project. HEC Forum 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. (2015) Physician Know Thyself: The Role of Reflection in Bioethics and Professionalism Education. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 5(1): 77-86.

Kuczewski MG, Brubaker L. (2015) Equity for ‘DREAMers’ in Medical School Admissions. AMA Journal of Ethics 17(2): 152-156. Article | Podcast

Kuczewski MG, Brubaker L. (2014) Medical Education for “Dreamers”: Barriers and Opportunities for Undocumented Immigrants. Academic Medicine 89(12): 1593-1598.

Kuczewski MG, McCarthy M, Michelfelder A, Anderson EE, Wasson K, Hatchett L. (2014) “I Will Never Let That Be OK Again” Medical Student Reflections on Caring for Dying Patients. Academic Medicine.89(1):1-6.

Kuczewski MG, Brubaker L. (2013) Medical Education as Mission: Why One Medical School Chose to Accept DREAMers. Hastings Center Report. 43(6):21-24

Fins JJ, Kodish E, Braddock C, Cohn F, Dubler NN, Derse A, Pearlman RA, Smith M, Tarzian A, Youngner S, Kuczewski MG. Quality Attestation for Clinical Ethics Consultants: A Two-Step Model from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Hastings Center Report 2013;43(5):26-36.

Kuczewski MG, Cassidy T. (2013) Health Care for Our Immigrant Neighbors: The Need for Justice and Hospitality. Health Care Ethics USA 21(3):8-16.

Kuczewski MG. (2012) Can Medical Repatriation Be Ethical? Establishing Best Practices. American Journal of Bioethics 12(9): 1-5.

Kuczewski MG. (2011) Stewarding Our Legacy: Attesting to the Quality of Clinical Ethics Consultants. ASBH Reader, Summer/Fall: 3 - 7. [Second Presidential Address]

Kuczewski MG. (2011) Dead Man Walking - Politics, Sr. Helen Prejean and the Vocation of the Bioethicist. American Journal of Bioethics 11(12): 1 – 3.

Kuczewski MG. (2011) Who is My Neighbor? A Communitarian Analysis of Access to Health Care for Immigrants. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 32(4): 327-36

Kuczewski MG. (2010) Taking It Personally: Reflections on Living Bioethics and Medical Humanities. ASBH Reader Summer/Fall: 3-9. [Incoming President’s Address]

Kuczewski MG. (2010) Teaching Biomedical Ethics as Professionalism in the United States. Diametros 25:30-7.

Kuczewski MG. (2010) The Mission of Government Bioethics Commissions: Producing Societal Consensus. The Good Society 19(1): 18-22.

Kuczewski MG. (2010) Conflicts of Interest in Biomedical Research: Beyond Disclosure. Annals of Health Law 19(1): 103-6