As a leader in a multi-disciplinary field, the Bioethics Institute brings together expertise from a variety of areas through its diverse faculty and staff.

  • Roberto Dell'Oro‌Roberto Dell’Oro, PhD

    Director, Bioethics Institute
    Professor of Theological Studies

    Dr. Roberto Dell'Oro is the Director of the Bioethics Institute with more than 15 years of experience as a bioethics scholar and professor. In his scholarship, he has dealt with methodological questions in bioethics and anthropological themes at the crossroad of theology and philosophy. He is the author/co-author of four books: Health and Human Flourishing: Religion, Moral Anthropology, and Medicine (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2006), Esperienza Morale e Persona: (Rome: Gregorian University Press, 1996) and History of Bioethics: International Perspectives (San Francisco: International Scholars Publications, 1996). His latest book in theology is Pope Francis on the Joy of Love: Pastoral Reflections on Amoris Laetitia (Paulist Press, 2018). Dr. Dell’Oro has also translated two books from German, and published in national and international journals, such as International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, Theological Studies; Health Progress; Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy; INTAMS Review; Rivista di Teologia Morale; Vida y Etica, and Persona y bioetica. He has lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. In addition to having served on various bioethics committees in the Los Angeles area, he is currently on the executive board of the South California Bioethics Committee Consortium. Dr. Dell’Oro is also a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and of the Theological Commission for the Diocese of Los Angeles.

    Dr. Dell'Oro's CV is available here. You may also click here to read more.

  • STAFF OF THE BIOETHICS INSTITUTE

     NamePosition
    Gianna McMillan Faculty/Staff photo

    Gianna McMillan, PhD
    University Hall 4517
    310-258-5416
    Gianna.McMillan@lmu.edu

    Program Administrator
    Dr. McMillan helps implement the vision of the Director by administering curricular programs and managing communications for the Graduate Program. She is a first point of contact for prospective graduate students with questions about our programs and application
    David Rogoff staff photo

    David Rogoff, MFA
    University Hall 4510
    310-338-4205
    drogoff@lmu.edu

    Senior Administrative Coordinator
    David Rogoff is senior administrative coordinator to both the Bioethics Institute and Yoga Studies program.

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    Alan Flores, BA
    University Hall 4514
    310-258-6300
    bioethics@lmu.edu

    Graduate Assistant
    Alan is a full-time student in the Bioethics MA program and assists the Bioethics Institute's faculty and staff.

    Cara Crew staff photo 

    Cara Crew, BA
    University Hall 4514
    310-258-6300
    bioethics@lmu.edu

    Craves Scholar Fellow
    Cara is a full-time student in the Bioethics MA program. As the Craves Scholar Fellow, Cara creates and curates scholarly content for the BioethicsHub. If you have a submission for the BioethicsHub please contact Cara.

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    Shanice McLeish, BA
    University Hall 4514
    310-258-6300
    bioethics@lmu.edu

    Craves Impact Fellow
    Shanice is a full-time student in the Bioethics MA program. As the Craves Impact Fellow, she utilizes demographic tracking and qualitative tools to gauge the impact of the Institute's community outreach. With this information, she assists the Director in the design of promotional activities that enhance the Institute's presence in Southern California, the web, and social media.

     


     

  • FACULTY OF THE BIOETHICS INSTITUTE

     NamePosition

    Roberto Dell'Oro

    Roberto Dell'Oro, PhD
    University Hall 4515
    310-338-2752
    rdelloro@lmu.edu
    Director
    Dr. Roberto Dell'Oro is the Director of the Bioethics Institute, providing the vision for its programs and guiding their implementation. Dr. Dell’Oro also teaches several of the courses in the bioethics curriculum.

    Dr. Dell'Oro's CV is available here. You may also click here to read more.

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    Nicholas Brown, PhD
    University Hall 4519
    310-338-1663
    nbrown15@lmu.edu
    Minor Director
    Dr. Nicholas Brown received a B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern College (IA) and a joint M.A. in International Peace Conflict Resolution and Theological Studies from American University and Wesley Theological Seminary respectively. In 2015 he received his doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Center of Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. His work and research in bioethics focuses on how philosophical and theological conceptions of justice inform political discourse on public health and the distribution of health care resources and the ethical implications of biometric technology. Dr. Brown is a full-time faculty of the Bioethics Institute and teaches several courses in the bioethics curriculum. Read More
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    Gianna McMillan, PhD 
    University Hall 4517
    310-258-5416
    Part-Time Faculty
    Dr. McMillan received her Master’s Degree in Bioethics from LMU and her Doctorate from Loyola Chicago. She has extensive experience as a Subject/Patient Advocate on local and national IRBs, was a member of the Subpart A Subcommittee for the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection, and is a member of the FDA’s Pediatric Advisory Committee. Dr. McMillan has served on the board of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and is currently a Board Member for PRIM&R (Pubic Responsibility in Medicine & research.) She is the Director of Community Engagement for the academic journal, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. Her primary interests are consent issues in clinical research and the use of narrative as an educational tool in bioethics. Click here for Dr. McMillan’s CV. 
    Thomas V. Cunningham, PhD
    Thomas.Cunningham@lmu.edu
    Part-Time Faculty
    Dr. Cunningham is the Director of Bioethics for Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. He received his doctorate in History & Philosophy of Science and his masters in Bioethics from the University of Pittsburgh. His undergraduate work and masters in Biology were taken from the University of California at San Diego. His areas of expertise include philosophy of medicine and bioethical theory and practice. Dr. Cunningham's work has appeared in Journal of Medical Ethics,American Journal of Bioethics,Critical Care Medicine, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, and other venues.

    For access to Dr. Cunningham's research, please visit his ReasearchGate or Academia.edu profiles.

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    Matthew F. Shea, PhD
     
    Part-Time Faculty
    Dr. Matthew Shea is the Senior Clinical Ethics Fellow at the UCLA Health System Ethics Center in Los Angeles, where he is completing a two-year fellowship in clinical healthcare ethics. Prior to coming to L.A., Dr. Shea received his PhD in philosophy from Saint Louis University in 2018, specializing in moral philosophy and bioethics. His current research focuses on the nature of well-being, the normative foundations of healthcare ethics, and issues related to disability. Dr. Shea is currently teaching “Bioethics at the End of Life." 

    Dr. Shea's CV and research can be found here.

    Theresa Drought, PhD, RN
    Theresa.Drought@lmu.edu
    Part-Time Faculty
    Dr. Drought is the Director of Bioethics for Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. She received her doctorate in Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing from the University of California San Francisco. Her publications and research address issues of professionalism and ethics in nursing and end-of-life decision-making. Dr. Drought is a co-author of Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing Practice and has also authored several book chapters involving issues on professionalism and ethics, and moral dilemmas in health care.
    Jennifer Gumer, JD, MA
    Part-Time Faculty
    Jennifer Gumer is an attorney practicing in the litigation department of Gibson Dunn and Crutcher, Los Angeles. As a member of the firm's FDA, Healthcare and Life Sciences practices groups, she advises pharmaceutical and medical device companies on regulatory compliance as well as represents them in large scale litigations. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Jenny received her Juris Doctorate from New York University, School of Law. In 2017, she earned her Master’s in Bioethics from Columbia University. Her interests lie at the intersection of policy and ethics, specifically concerning neuroscientific and genetic developments.
    Part-Time Faculty Joseph Raho
    Joseph Raho, PhD
    Joseph.Raho@lmu.edu
    Part-Time Faculty
    Dr. Joseph Raho is a clinical ethicist at the UCLA Health System Ethics Center in Los Angeles, where he also trained for his fellowship in clinical ethics (2014 - 2016). Prior to coming to L.A., Dr. Raho received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Pisa, Italy, in May 2014, concentrating in moral philosophy and bioethics. From 2006 through 2009, he worked on the staff of the President's Council on Bioethics in Washington, D.C., under the guidance of physician-philosopher Edmund D. Pellegrino. Dr. Raho is currently teaching "Bioethics at the End of Life."
    Melis Alkin, Psy.D., ABPP, FT
    Part-Time Faculty
    Dr. Melis Alkin is a board certified clinical psychologist licensed in California and in British Columbia (out of state). In addition to receiving her doctorate degree in 2004 a, her board certification in 2007, she has also obtained a Master’s degree in Bioethics at Loyola Marymount University in 2017 and became a Fellow of Thanatology (death, grief, and bereavement) in 2018. Dr. Alkin specializes in trauma, death, dying and bereavement from a trauma informed integrative and humanistic perspective. She currently has a private practice in Redondo Beach and works as a consulting clinical psychologist to a nonprofit organization that provides training and therapy to humanitarian aid works around the world.

    Dr. Alkin's CV can be read here.
  • MINOR AFFILIATED FACULTY OF THE BIOETHICS INSTITUTE

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    Christopher Kaczor minor
    Christopher Kaczor, PhD
    Dr. Cristopher Kaczor (rhymes with razor) graduated from the Honors Program of Boston College and earned a Ph.D. four years later from the University of Notre Dame. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Kaczor is a former Federal Chancellor Fellow at the University of Cologne and William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. His twelve books include The Gospel of Happiness, The Seven Big Myths about Marriage, A Defense of Dignity, The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church, The Ethics of Abortion, O Rare Ralph McInerny: Stories and Reflections on a Legendary Notre Dame Professor, Thomas Aquinas on the Cardinal Virtues; Life Issues-Medical Choices; Thomas Aquinas on Faith, Hope, and Love; The Edge of Life, and Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition. Dr. Kaczor’s views have been in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, National Re view, NPR, BBC, EWTN, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, MSNBC, TEDx, and The Today Show.
    Dr. Kaczor's CV can be found here.
    ‌‌Dr. Kam Dahlquist minor affiliated faculty
    Kam Dahlquis, PhD
    Dr. Kam Dahlquist is an Associate Professor of Biology at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Dahlquist earned a B.A. in Biology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Dahlquist performed postdoctoral research at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease at the University of California, San Francisco, and taught for two years at Vassar College before joining the LMU faculty in 2005.
    Dr. Janie Steckenrider minor affiliated faculty
    Janie Steckenrider, PhD 
    Dr. Steckenrider is Associate Professor of Political Science at LMU and focuses on the areas of gender politics and political gerontology. Dr. Steckenrider received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and has an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Her publications include Women as Political Leaders, co-authored with Michael Genovese (Taylor and Francis Press, 2013), and New Direction in Old Age Policies (SUNY Press, 1998), where she highlighted aging as a female phenomenon. Her work as also been published in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Southwest Journal of Aging, Encyclopedia of Aging, and Journal of Women and Politics. Dr. Steckenrider has been a Research Consultant to the National Council on Aging, a recipient of Administration on Aging grants, and has served on the Boards of Directors of a hospital, a skilled nursing facility, and a municipal senior commission. 
    Dr. Shanahan minor affiliated faculty  Tim Shanahan, PhD
    Timothy.Shanahan@lmu.edu
    Dr. Tim Shanahan’s main scholarly interest is in the history and philosophy of science, with a special interest in evolutionary biology. His curiosity about such issues began as an undergraduate Biology and Philosophy major at the State University of New York at Cortland, and continued through a master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame, where he also completed a Ph.D. Dr. Shanahan was also fortunate to be awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Science Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego, which helped to broaden his perspective on science.
     Dr. Roy Fisher minor affiliated faculty
    Roy Fisher, PhD
     
    Dr. Fisher’s trans-disciplinary work takes place at the intersection of cultural anthropology and classical biblical studies. This work includes a critical analysis of the ways in which sacred texts and traditions are taken up within modern and contemporary forms of discourse along with their respective technologies of power relations (including the interplay and interference with knowledge relations in the present). Dr. Fisher teaches courses on Science and Theology. 

    Dr. Fisher’s CV can be read here.