Core Faculty

Margaret P. Battin, PhD, MFA

Margaret Pabst Battin (nicknamed Peggy) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities, at the University of Utah.  She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, and holds an M.F.A. in fiction-writing and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Irvine.&... Read More


Samuel M. Brown, MD, MS

Samuel Brown, M.D., M.S., is an attending physician in the Shock Trauma ICU at Intermountain Medical Center and assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine, and a testamur of the National Board of Echocardiography. His clinical interests inc... Read More

Specialties: Critical Care, Echocardiography, Medical Ethics, Pulmonary

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine/SLC VA Hospital, Department of Anesthesia

Fellowship: University of Utah

Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Medical School: Harvard Medical School


Phone: 801-507-6556

Teneille R. Brown, JD

Professor Teneille Brown joined the SJ Quinney Law School faculty and Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities faculty in 2009 following two years as a fellow at Stanford University, where she was a post-doctoral scholar in the medical school's Center for Biomedical Ethics and a fellow with the law school's Center for Law and the Bioscienc... Read More


Phone: 801-581-5883

Gretchen A. Case, PhD

Gretchen A. Case is Director of the Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities and an Associate Professor (lecturer) in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received a BA in Speech Communication and History and an MA in Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and a PhD in Perfor... Read More

Research Interests: Communication Methods, Total, Education, Medical, Graduate, Education, Medical, Undergraduate, Education, Premedical, Humanities, Medicine in Literature, Students, Medical, Students, Premedical, Teaching and Curriculum Development


Phone: 801-585-9766

Leslie P. Francis, JD, PhD

Leslie P. Francis holds joint appointments in law and philosophy, where she holds the ranks of Distinguished Professor of Law and Philosophy, Alfred C. Emery Professor of Law, and Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development in the College of Law. She also directs the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences in the S.J Quinney College of Law. ... Read More


Brent M. Kious, MD, PhD

Brent Kious, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, practices inpatient adult psychiatry, focusing on the management of severe persistent mental illness. He recently became the department's first Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics... Read More

Specialties: Adult Behavioral Health, Psychiatry

Residency: University of Utah

Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine


Phone: 801-581-5604

Erin Rothwell, PhD

Erin Rothwell is an Associate Professor-Research in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities and College of Nursing at the University of Utah. She is a social scientist with a clinical background in recreation therapy. She is a is a faculty member within the Graduate Program for Genetic Counseling and completed a fellowship in Bioethics from t... Read More


James H. Ruble, PharmD, JD

Jim Ruble joined the faculty on a full-time basis in January 2010 after 15 years in pharmacy practice and 4 years in legal practice. During this time, Jim served multiple clinical pharmacist and pharmacy administration roles with the University of Utah Health Care Department of Pharmacy Services. These roles include, Acute Care Clinical Pharmacis... Read More

Research Interests: Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice, Legal, Ethical and Risk Management Issues in Health Care Administration, Health Care Delivery, and Professional Education, Standards of Care in Pharmacy Practice

Specialties: Medical Ethics, Pharmacotherapy


Phone: 801-581-4514

Susan J. Sample, PhD, MFA

Susan J. Sample is assistant professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Department of Internal Medicine; Writer-in-Residence at the Huntsman Cancer Institute; and associate instructor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies in the College of Humanities at the University of Utah.  She received her BA in philosophy fro... Read More

Research Interests: Discourse Analysis, Material Rhetoric and Body Studies, Narrative Theory, Personal Narratives [Publication Type], Rhetoric of Medicine, Rhetorics of Silence

Specialties: Writer-in-Residence

Fellowship: University of Utah


Jill Sweney, MD, MBA

Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care

Dr. Sweney received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, completed her Pediatric residency at Creighton-Nebraska Universities Joint residency, and her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Utah. She received her MBA from the Eccles School of Business Executive program in 2016. She has been on the... Read More

Research Interests: Academic Administration, Bioethics, Triage

Specialties: Pediatric Critical Care

Fellowship: University of Utah

Residency: Creighton-Nebraska Universities

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center


Phone: 801-662-2427

James Tabery, PhD

Jim Tabery's research focuses largely on the philosophy of science and applied ethics, as well as the intersection between those domains. On the philosophy of science side, he investigates questions of causation and explanation in biology; while on the applied ethics side, he explores how the answers to those questions have ethical, legal, and soc... Read More


Natalia Washington, PhD