Catholic Medical Ethics
John Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L. joined the Catholic Medical Association as Executive Director and Ethicist in September 2006. He is responsible for overseeing operations of the CMA at its headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, providing direction on health care ethics and public policy issues, supporting membership and guild development, serving as spokesman to the media, and coordinating publications, advertising, and ongoing development of the Catholic Medical Association.
Dr. Brehany received a Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics from Saint Louis University in 2003, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. in 1991, and a M.A. in Philosophy from University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas in 1987. He received his undergraduate education at the University of San Francisco, graduating with majors in philosophy and theology, in 1983.
Before joining the Catholic Medical Association, Dr. Brehany served as Executive Director of Mission Services and Ethics for Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa, where he was responsible for mission integration, ethics consultation and education, pastoral care, and the community benefit ministry program. Prior to that, Dr. Brehany taught courses in systematic and moral theology at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon, from 1992-1997. He has lectured at a number of other institutions of higher learning, including Saint Louis University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Briar Cliff University School of Nursing, and the College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Dr. Brehany has done a great deal of public speaking on issues ranging from assisted suicide to stem cell research.
Dr. Brehany and his wife Marybeth are the proud parents of seven children.
"Medical and technological advances over the last decades have left millions of Catholics grappling with tough issues. Life Issues, Medical Choices not only provides answers to many questions troubling Catholics, it also supplies fundamental principles of Catholic thought to help readers arrive at morally sound decisions in those areas that have yet to be settled."