Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD

Bioethicist/Molecular Geneticist/Jesuit Priest

Kevin FitzGerald

Kevin T. FitzGerald, S.J., Ph.D., Ph.D., is the Dr. David Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics in the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at the Georgetown University Medical Center and, in 2018, joined Creighton University as the new holder of the John A. Creighton University Professor endowed chair and associate professor in the Creighton University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Education. He received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics, and a Ph.D. in bioethics, from Georgetown University.

His research efforts focus on the investigation of abnormal gene expression in cancer, and on ethical issues in biomedical research and medical genomics. He has published both scientific and ethical articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and in the popular press. Fr. FitzGerald has given presentations nationally and internationally, and often been interviewed by the news media, on such topics as human genetic engineering, cloning, stem cell research, and personalized medicine.

He is a founding member of Do No Harm, a member of the ethics committee for the March of Dimes, the Genetic Alliance IRB, and the Stem Cell Research Commission for the State of Maryland. Before coming to Georgetown, Fr. FitzGerald held positions as Assistant Professor at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Strich School of Medicine and the Department of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Medical Center. Additionally, he was a Research Associate in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, and Medical Humanities Program, Loyola University Medical Center.

Fr. FitzGerald has been a Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy of Life since 2005, and has been a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture since 2014. He serves as the Chair of the Ethics Advisory Board for the Clinical Genomics Research Program of the Geisinger Health System and the Chair of the Georgetown University Medical Center Conflict of Interest Committee.