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About M. Therese Lysaught

In addition to consulting with health care systems on issues surrounding mission, theology, ethics, and Catholic identity, my major research foci have included global health, anointing of the sick, genetics, gene therapy, human embryonic stem cell research and issues at the end-of-life. My current research focuses on breaking down the silos between Catholic health care ethics and Catholic social thought. The fruits of this work are captured in Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice (Liturgical Press, 2018). Co-edited with my colleague Michael McCarthy, Ph.D., also at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at Loyola, the book brings together leading scholars, mission leaders, ethicists, and physicians in Catholic health care to examine the praxis of Catholic health care through the lens of Catholic social thought, illuminating a new spectrum of ethical issues and practical recommendations from social determinants of health, immigration, diversity and disparities, behavioral health, gender questioning patients, and environmental and global health issues.

My previous books include:

Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective (Eerdmans 2007, co-editor David M. McCarthy)--an introduction to Catholic moral theology, which received third place honors in 'Theology' from the Catholic Press Association in 2008.
On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives on Medical Ethics, 3rd edition (Eerdmans, 2012, co-editor Joseph Kotva). In print for more than two decades, On Moral Medicine remains the definitive anthology for Christian theological reflection on medical ethics.
Caritas in Communion: Theological Foundations of Catholic Health Care (St. Louis: Catholic Health Association, 2014) which reports the fruit of a year-long study as Visiting Scholar for the Catholic Health Association on the theological foundations of Catholic identity, the principle of moral cooperation, and for-profit health care.

I have also been privileged to serve as an advisor to the Catholic Health Association and to sit on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Moral Theology. From 1995-1998, I served as a member of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) at the National Institutes of Health. I have served as a member of the advisory boards for the Program of Dialogue Between Science, Religion, and Ethics at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); and from 2008-2011, I was a member of the U.S. Catholic-Episcopal Theological Consultation under the aegis of the USCCB.


Present Professor, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Stritch School of Medicine
Present Professor, Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies
2014 - 2018 Associate Director/Associate Dean, Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies

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August 1986 - May 1992 PhD, Duke University ‐ Graduate Program in Religion
August 1985 - August 1986 MA, University of Notre Dame ‐ Theology
August 1981 - May 1985 BS, Hope College ‐ Chemistry

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Loyola University Chicago
2160 S. 1st Ave., Rm. 292
Maywood, IL
Chicago, IL 60153

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