Michael J. Deem, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Bioethics and Human Genetics

Michael Deem joined the University of Pittsburgh in Fall 2021 with an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics in the Graduate School of Public Health. Previously he was an Assistant Professor at Duquesne University, with a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and the Center for Healthcare Ethics. He has also been an affiliated faculty member of the Genetic Counseling Program at Indiana State University and a subject faculty member of the Certificate Program in Pediatric Bioethics at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Dr. Deem completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 2015 and an MA in philosophy at Texas A&M University in 2009, as well as an MA in historical theology at Saint Louis University in 2005. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Ethics and Genomics at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City. Dr. Deem’s main areas of research are bioethics, philosophy of biology and medicine, and interprofessional healthcare ethics education.

Dr. Deem will teach in the Center’s Master of Arts in Bioethics Program, as well as its Consortium Ethics Program, and will teach ethics in the Department of Human Genetics program in Genetic Counseling and in the MPH in Public Health Genetics. Having taught ethics to genetic counseling, nursing, and bioethics students in the past, Dr. Deem pursues research on interprofessional ethics education.  He is collaborating on an NHGRI R25 project to develop Genomic Competencies for Nurses from Theory to Application: An Online Long Course. Another project, Ethics and Bias Education in BSN Programs in the United States, focuses on nursing education.  For Oxford University Press, he is co-editing two books:  Nursing Ethics: Normative Foundations, Advanced Concepts, and Emerging Issues (with Center faculty member Jennifer Lingler) and The Oxford Handbook of Genetic Counseling (with Center affiliated faculty member Robin Grubs and Emily Farrow). Dr. Deem will also participate on the ethics committees of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, UPMC Presbyterian, and UPMC Shadyside.

Dr. Deem’s monograph, Conceptual Issues in Genomic Medicine, is under contract with Cambridge University Press, and he publishes in a range of journals including American Journal of Health PromotionPediatricsJAMA PediatricsBiology and PhilosophyPhilosophy of SciencePhilosophical Psychology, Nursing Outlook, and International Journal of Public Health. He presents his work at the Association for Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting, Religion and Medicine Conference, and Medical Humanities Conference, and has served on the program committee of the Biennial Carol Carfang Nursing & Healthcare Ethics Conference.