Courses Taught

The Cleveland Clinic

As a bioethics fellow at the Cleveland Clinic I have had the opportunity to conduct a number of discrete education sessions in the medical setting for medical students, residents, and fellows. Below are some of the sessions in which I was invited to present educational material and/or facilitate formal discussion:

“Death and Ethics: Family Requests to Continue Physiological Support after DNC” (Presentation for neurology residents and fellows), The Cleveland Clinic, August 26, 2015.

“Getting Practical about Ethics in the NeuroICU” (Presentation for neurology residents), The Cleveland Clinic, April 17, 2015.

Ethics and Vonnegut’s Fortitude,  (Lecture and discussion, co-taught with George Bilgere) Lerner Medical School, The Cleveland Clinic, March 31, 2015.

“Should a doctor know a patient’s status of homelessness?” (Panel Participant), Bioethics at Noon Series, Louis Stokes Veteran Affairs Hospital, March 3, 2015.

“Getting Practical about Ethics in the NeuroICU” (Presentation for neuroICU fellows, co-taught with Paul J. Ford), The Cleveland Clinic, March 4, 2015.

Surgical Intensive Care In-Depth Case Discussion (with Paul J. Ford and Alan Kovar), The Cleveland Clinic, March 2, 2015.

Surgical Intensive Care Journal Club about Ethics and Medical Futility (with Brett Elo), The Cleveland Clinic, December 3, 2014.

Ethics and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” (Lecture and discussion, co-taught with Bryn Esplin), Lerner Medical School, The Cleveland Clinic, December 2, 2014.

The Ethics of DNR Orders and Doctor-Patient/Surrogate Communication (IQ+ learning session with medical students), Case Western Reserve University, November 14, 2014.

“Understanding Advance Directives: Their Ethical Value, Limitations, and Challenges,” Lunch and Learn Series, The Cleveland Clinic (Lutheran Regional Hospital), October 22, 2014.

“Situated Thinking Creatures: An Introduction,” NeuroPsychology Working Group,  The Cleveland Clinic, September 30, 2014.

The Ethics of Slow Codes (discussion of “Should the Slow Code Be Resuscitated” by John Lantos and William Meadows

Cleveland Clinic (Main Campus) Ethics Committee, September 19, 2014.

Cleveland Clinic (Hillcrest Regional Hospital) Ethics Committee, October 1, 2014.

Cleveland State University

Instructor of Record:

Philosophy 240: Health Care Ethics (2015)

Loyola University Chicago

Instructor of Record:

Philosophy 187: Environmental Ethics (2013)

Ethics Bowl and Bioethics Bowl Coach, 2010-2013

Bioethics Bowl team achieved a semi-final finish at the National Bioethics Bowl Competition at Georgetown University, 2013

Ethics Bowl team amongst the top eight teams in the country at the National Ethics Bowl Competition in San Antonio, 2013

Helped to host and coordinate a regional Ethics Bowl at Loyola University Chicago in the fall, 2012

Coached two Ethics Bowl Teams in the fall, 2012, and each team achieved a second and third place finish respectively in the regional competition

Ethics Bowl Team was undefeated at the 2011 Regional Ethics Bowl Competition

Bioethics Bowl team achieved a semi-final finish at the 2011 National Bioethics Bowl Competition at Duke University

Ethics Bowl team achieved a quarterfinal finish at the 2011 National Ethics Bowl Competition


Philosophy 324: Ethical Reasoning and Service-Learning (w/ Dr. Jennifer Parks) (2012)

Philosophy 163: Ethical Reasoning and Service-Learning (w/ Dr. Jennifer Parks) (2011)

Each of these courses has involved establishing and developing substantial community partnerships with local Catholic middle schools in which Loyola undergraduates coached eighth grade students on ethics through several case narratives, and then conducted a middle school ethics bowl at the end of the semester at Loyola University Chicago

Teaching Assistant:

Health Care Ethics (Dr. Jennifer Parks) (2010, 2011)

Health Care Ethics: Civic Engagement (Dr. Victoria Wike) (2010)