Valerie Satkoske is Director of Ethics at Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia, and Assistant Professor of Medical Education at West Virginia University, where she works in its Center for Health Ethics & Law and teaches medical ethics. She serves as an ethics consultant for the Rural Emergency Trauma Institute for the Wheeling area and for the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, and serves as Associate Director of the West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees. At the University of Pittsburgh, she teaches in the Master of Arts in Bioethics Program, directs the Consortium Ethics Program, and taught Ethics and Aging in the Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology. She also served as the ethicist for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Dr. Satkoske’s research interests include ethical issues in rural trauma care, ethics and substance use disorder, ethical management of delirium, end-of-life decision making, and medical decision making involving patients with cognitive difference. Drawing on her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, she serves as Co-Chair of the Social Work Affinity Group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.