Michael McCarthy, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
    Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Stritch School of Medicine

Advanced Degrees

  • PhD, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago IL
  • MTS, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA





Michael McCarthy is an assistant professor in the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Stritch School of Medicine.  Michael directs the Physician’s Vocation Program, which seeks to ground the formation of medical students in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.  He received his doctorate degree under the direction of the McCormick Chair for Moral Theology, Dr. Hille Haker.  His thesis focused on developing a Catholic Social Bioethics able to address the rapid developments and changes within medical research.  His research interests include the role of responsibility in bioethics, the importance of spirituality in patient care and medical education, and the intersection of the humanities with the formation of the “well-rounded” physician.


BEHP 405 Research Ethics
BEHP 409 Religion and Bioethics
BEHP 414 Moral Theology for Bioethics
BEHP 415 Catholic Bioethics in Clinical Practice
BEHP 416 Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice
BEHP 426 Ignatian Spirituality and Medicine


Irizarry Gatell V, Nguyen 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.

McCarthy MP, McCarthy V. (forthcoming) What Could Go Wrong? Providing a Moral Grounding to the Ethics of Short-Term Medicine. Global Health and Volunteering - A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. Springer Publishing.

McCarthy MP. (2017) The Importance of Experimental Education for Spirituality in Patient Care. Southern Medical Journal 110 (6): 419-20.

McCarthy MP. (2017) To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate, That is But One of the Questions. American Journal of Bioethics 17 (4): 44-5.

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

McCarthy MP, Kuczewski M. (2016) Embodied, Compassionate, and Communal: A Catholic Approach to Care at the End of Life. The Oxford Handbook on Death and Dying, S Young, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McCarthy MP. (2015) Ebola, Medical Research, and the Christian University. Syndicate: A New Theology Forum January/February, 13-17.

Wasson K, Anderson E, Hagstrom E, McCarthy MP, 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 MP, Sidall VJ, Kuczewski M. (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 MP, 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, McCarthy MP, Michelfelder A, Anderson E, Wasson K, and Hatchett L. (2014) “I will never let that be OK again,” Student Reflections on Competent Spiritual Care for Patients. Academic Medicine 89(1): 54-9.