Jeffrey Bishop joined the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics as its director in July 2010. Before joining the Gnaegi Center, Bishop served on the faculties of Vanderbilt University, the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the United Kingdom and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Bishop is a physician and holds a PhD in philosophy.
Dr. Bishop's scholarly interests include the historical, political, and philosophical conditions that underpin contemporary medical and scientific practices and theories. Bishop's first book, The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying (University of Notre Dame Press) was published in the Autumn of 2011. Bishop has also written on diverse topics from transhumanism and enhancement technologies to clinical ethics consultation and medical humanities.
He is completing work funded by the Templeton Foundation through the University of Chicago's Arete Initiative. He assembled a multi-disciplinary team of scholars to study the recent neuroscientific evidence related to the philosophical concepts of virtue and vice. His co-investigators are theologian Therese Lysaught (Marquette University) and psychiatrist Andrew Michel (Vanderbilt University). They are publishing their findings in a book to be titled, Chasing After Virtue: Neuroscience, Economics, and the Biopolitics of Morality.
Bishop also is the PI on an interdisciplinary grant to begin conversations on the question of human wellbeing and pain. The interdisciplinary team of scholars from across Saint Louis University meets monthly to read works on the science of pain, along with works on the more psychological, social, and narrative dimensions of pain and wellbeing.
Dr. Bishop also serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and Christian Bioethics. He is assistant editor of the Philosophy and Medicine Series, published by Springer, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Medicine Studies. He has taught courses titled, "Freaks, Science, and the Medical Body," "Foucault, Bioethics, and Biopolitics," "Methods in Religious Ethics," and "Philosophical Foundations for Health Care Ethics."