Mark Repenshek, Ph.D.

  • Lecturer, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics,
    Stritch School of Medicine

Advanced Degrees

  • PhD, Saint Louis University, Department of Health Care Ethics, St. Louis, MO



Mark Repenshek, PhD, is currently the Director of Ethics at Ascension Health and Healthcare Ethicist at Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his PhD in Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University at the Center for Health Care Ethics and completed his Masters in Theological Studies at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to these roles, he teaches at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Loyola University Chicago Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, and at the Columbia College of Nursing. He is on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Catholic Home. He also serves Catholic Healthcare nationally by serving on the CHRISTUS Health Mission and Ethics Committee of the Board of Directors, The Catholic Health Association’s Vision (CHA) 2020 steering committee and most recently was the Chairperson of the Theologian and Ethicist Advisory Council for CHA.

Dr. Repenshek's research focuses on ethical issues in death and dying, social justice and the under/uninsured, the intersection of Catholic moral and social teachings and modern debates in bioethics, and organizational ethics for faith-based healthcare ministries. He has published articles in The Hastings Center Report, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Nursing Ethics, Health Progress, Healthcare Ethics USA, The Journal for Medical Ethics and Bioethics, and the Journal for Analytic Teaching. He has co-authored a book in its second edition titled, An Introduction to Healthcare Ethics: Theological Foundations, Contemporary Issues, and Controversial Cases, through Anselm Academic. He is part of the inaugural class of 2011 Catholic Health Association’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Award and is also a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Society for Christian Ethics.


BEHP 416 Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice


  • Ethical Issues in Death and Dying
  • Social Justice and the Under/Uninsured
  • Catholic Moral and Social Teaching
  • Organizational Ethics


Angove, R., Ngui, EM and Repenshek, M.  “Inclusion and Use of Race and Ethnicity in Ethics Consultation Research.”  HCE USA 22, No. 4 (2014): 43-53.

Ascension Health Colloquium, “Medical Intervention in Cases of Maternal-Fetal Vital Conflicts: A Statement of Consensus.”  NCBQ 14, no. 3 (Autumn 2014): 477-489.

Pecanac, K, Repenshek, M, Tennenbaum, D., and Hammes, B.  “Respecting Choices and Advance Directives in a Diverse Community.”  Journal of Palliative Medicine 17(3),  (March 2014): 282-87. 

Repenshek, M. “Quality Attestation for Clinical Ethics Consultants: Perspectives from the Field.” HCE USA 22, No. 1 (Winter 2014): 24-26.

Slosar, JP., Repenshek, M. and Bedford, E. “Catholic Identity and Charity Care in the Era of Health Reform.” HEC Forum (2013).

Hamel, R., Slosar, JP, and Repenshek, M. “Answering the Call from ASBH’s Second Edition of Core Competencies in Ethics Consultation.” AJOB (February 2013).

Repenshek, M. “Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives in Ethics: A Proposed Communication Tool” HCE USA 20, n. 4 (Fall 2012): 2-12.

Repenshek, M. “Therapeutic Access to the Embryo.” NCBQ 11, n. 4 (Winter 2011): 735-756.

Repenshek, M. and Lenhardt, D. “Maintaining Credibility in the Use of Commercial Institutional Review Boards.” HCE USA 19, no. 4 (Fall 2011):18-24.

Repenshek, M. “A Contribution to the Clinical Ethics Quality Initiative.” Internet Journal of Catholic Bioethics 6, no. 1 (Spring 2011)

Repenshek, M. “Attempting to Establish Standards in Ethics Consultation for Catholic Health Care: Moving Beyond a Beta Group.” HCE USA 18, no. 1 (Winter 2010): 5-14.

Repenshek, M. and Hounsell, J. “Case Management in a Pandemic: Has the profession codified its obligations?” Collaborative Case Management (ACMA) 7, no. 4 (Winter 2010): 7-9.

Repenshek, M. “Inability to Act or Discomfort with Moral Subjectivity?” Nursing Ethics 16, no.6 (2009): 734-742.

Repenshek, M. “An Empirically-Driven Ethics Consultation Service.” Healthcare Ethics USA 17, no. 1 (Winter 2009): 6-17.

Tuohey, Rev. J. and Repenshek, M. “Ethical Considerations Concerning Screening for Chromosome Aneuploidy.” The Linacre Quarterly 75, no. 2 (2008): 96-111.

Repenshek, M. “The Mechanism of Action of Intrauterine Devices as it Relates to Physician Billing Services.” Healthcare Ethics USA 14, no. 2 (2006):

Repenshek, M. “The Ethics of Friendship Reconsidered for Medicine: Part II, Application to the Patient-Physician Relationship.” Journal of Medical Ethics and Bioethics 13, no. 1-2 (2006): 5-9

Repenshek, M. “The Ethics of Friendship Reconsidered for Medicine: Part I, Application to the Patient-Physician Relationship.” Journal of Medical Ethics and Bioethics 13, no. 1-2 (2006): 2-5.

Repenshek, M. and D. Belde, “Honoring Experience in Moral Discourse.” Health Care Ethics USA 13, no. 1 (2005): 7-10.

Repenshek, M. and J.P. Slosar, “Medically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration: A Contribution to the Dialogue.” The Hastings Center Report 34, no. 6 (November-December 2004): 13-16.

Repenshek, M. “The Principle of Double Effect and Pain Medication: Has bioethics perpetuated a myth?” Health Care Ethics USA 12, no. 1 (Winter 2004): 12-16.

Repenshek, M. “Debating the Genetics Utopia: Can Therapeutic Cloning Exist to Serve the Good of Health?” Analytic Teaching: The Community of Inquiry Journal 24, no. 1 (November 2003): 33-38.

Repenshek, M. “Cryopreserving a Child’s Health: The informed consent process and requests to privately bank umbilical cord blood.” Health Care Ethics USA: Ascension Health Issue 10, no. 3 (Winter 2002): 14-19.