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Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies


Mary Ellen Wojtasiewicz, RN, PhDWojtasiewicz 2010

Mary Ellen Wojtasiewicz joined the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2004.  She received her doctorate in Ethics and Society from Emory University in 2003 and her master's in Religious Studies from Villanova University in 1991.  She also holds bachelor's degrees in Nursing and in English and Spanish from the University of New Mexico. 

Dr. Wojtasiewicz's dissertation, "Securing Care:  Freedom and Fairness in the 20th Century American Health Care Debate," traced the ways in which diverse moral commitments in American society were articulated and institutionalized in health care delivery and financing, and how themes of freedom and fairness were used in specific moments of health care reform debate.  Her current research continues to trace the effects of social constructions of health and justice, particularly as evidenced in disparities in health and health care.

Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Wojtasiewicz practiced for over twenty years in pediatric nursing, and served as Clinical Ethics Coordinator at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia from 2001-2004.  Currently, Dr. Wojtasiewicz holds the position of Director of the Bioethics Collaborative and is a member of Vidant Medical Center's Medical Ethics Committee. 

At The Brody School of Medicine, Dr. Wojtasiewicz teaches in the M-2 "Social and Cultural Dimensions of Medical Practice" course, the Physician Assistant Studies Program course "Introductory Medical Ethics," the medical residency program, and numerous ethics educational sessions with hospital staff.