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About M. Therese Lysaught

In addition to consulting with health care systems on issues surrounding mission, theology, and ethics, my major research foci have included the anointing of the sick, genetics, gene therapy, human embryonic stem cell research and issues at the end-of-life. My first co-edited book, Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective (Eerdmans 2007, co-editor David M. McCarthy), provides an introduction to Catholic moral theology. In 2008, the book received third place honors in 'Theology' from the Catholic Press Association. My second book, On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives on Medical Ethics, 3rd edition (Eerdmans, 2012), is co-edited with Joseph Kotva. In print for more than two decades, On Moral Medicine remains the definitive anthology for Christian theological reflection on medical ethics. My most recent book, Caritas in Communion: Theological Foundations of Catholic Health Care (St. Louis: Catholic Health Association) 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.

My current research involves three projects. The first is the Human Powered Nebulizer Project (, a global health project designed to address significant burden of respiratory conditions among the poor in developing contexts. With Lars E. Olson, Ph.D. (Marquette, Biomedical Engineering), she is exploring the role of community health workers in the development of appropriate medical technologies, for the treatment of asthma, COPD, and LRIs, better diagnosis of tuberculosis, and the potential for better delivery of vaccines. My second project brings to fruition a two-year research project funded by the Science of Virtue Program of the Arete Foundation at the University of Chicago examining the cultural constructions of virtue, vice and poverty in contemporary work on the neurosciences. With Jeffrey P Bishop, M.D., Ph.D. (Director, Center for Health Care Ethics, St. Louis University) and Andrew A. Michel, M.D. (College of Medicine, Vanderbilt University), she is completing a book manuscript entitled Chasing After Virtue: Neuroscience, Economics, and the Biopolitics of Morality (University of Notre Dame Press). My final project, a scholarly monograph, is entitled Anointing of the Sick and the Theo-Political Economy of Medicine (Eerdmans).

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 Associate Director, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago
Present Professor, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago

Curriculum Vitae


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

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Chicago, IL 60611

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