Peter A. Clark, S.J., Ph.D.


Director of the Institute of Clinical Bioethics,
Professor of Medical Ethics

Curriculum Vitae

Fr. Clark is Director of the Institute of Clinical Bioethics and Professor of Medical Ethics at Saint Joseph's University. As an internationally known scholar and clinical bioethicist, he has authored more than 150 journal articles and several books in the field of medical ethics and bioethics, and played an influential role in developing and updating healthcare ethics policies at healthcare organizations and ethics education for medical interns and residents at teaching hospitals. Fr. Clark is a bioethics consultant and a member of ethics committees at many hospitals, including Mercy Health System Hospitals in Philadelphia, PA, and Baltimore, MD; St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia; Catholic Charities of Maryland; Saint Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, MD; Caritas Baby Hospital, Palestine.

Current Research Interests
End-of-Life issues, Beginning of Life Issues, Medical Futility Treatment, Medical Tourism, Face Transplantation, Decisions for Handicapped Newborns, and Medical Marijuana.

Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago
M.Div., Weston School of Divinity
M.A., Fordham University
M.S., Duquesne University
B.A., Saint Joseph's University

Selected Publications
Death With Dignity: Ethical and Practical Considerations for Caregivers of the Terminally Ill, Scranton, PA; University of Scranton Press; 2011.
Bioethics: Medical, Ethical and Legal Perspectives, editor; Rijeka, Croatia; InTech Publishers; 2016.
“Federal Funding For Needle Exchange Programs” (with M. Fadus); Medical Science Monitor 16, 1; January 2010.
“Frozen Embryos: Application of the Extraordinary/Ordinary Means Distinction from the Catholic Perspective”; Internet Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 12 (2); 2010.
To Treat Or Not To Treat: The Ethical Methodology Of Richard A. McCormick, S.J. As Applied To Treatment Decisions For Handicapped Newborns; Omaha, NE; Creighton University Press; 2003.

Professional Membership
The Consortium of Jesuit Bioethics Programs Steering Committee
The International Forum of Catholic Bioethicists – Brussels, Belgium Steering Committee
The Catholic Theological Society of America
The Society of Christian Ethics
The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
The Jesuit Philosophical Society