Mark R. Wicclair, PhD

  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine

Mark Wicclair is Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus at West Virginia University and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches in the Master of Arts in Bioethics Program; the Clinical Ethics Training Program, in which he coordinates the fourth-year clinical ethics elective; and the Center’s Consortium Ethics Program. He is co-chair of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Committee for Oversight of Research Involving the Dead (CORID); he served on the UPMC Ethics Consultation Service for approximately twenty years; and he is a member of two hospital ethics committees. His primary research and teaching interests are in bioethics and applied ethics; and he has published extensively in these areas. His publications include two books: Conscientious Objection in Health Care: An Ethical Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2011) - designated a 2012 Choice "Outstanding Academic Title in Philosophy" - and Ethics and the Elderly (Oxford University Press, 1993). He has published numerous articles in professional journals and has contributed several book chapters. He also wrote two entries for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and an entry for the Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics (Springer, 2016). The topics of his published work include conscientious objection in health care, surgeons' discretion, dismissing patients, research and teaching with recently deceased patients, end of life decision making, decision-making capacity, futility, ethics and aging, preferential treatment, censorship, and abortion. He also published two articles and a book chapter on the television series, House, M.D. He is a member of the Cambridge Quarterly of Ethics editorial board and co-edits the journal's Bioethics in Film and Television section. He has received several fellowships, including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars.  During his tenure as Professor of Philosophy at West Virginia University, he won five awards for outstanding research, teaching, and public service.