Biography & Education


(Rev.) John F. Tuohey, Ph.D., is founder and regional director of Providence Center for Health Care Ethics and is the first holder of the Center's endowed Chair in applied health care ethics, a position he has held since 1998. His role as chair includes working with the Internal Medicine and Family Practice Residency Programs for ethics education, as well as providing clinical ethics consultation and ethical discernment (organizational ethical consultations), throughout Providence Health & Services - Oregon health care ministries. As holder of the endowed Chair, Dr. Tuohey also engages in ethics research and scholarship, representing the work of the Center in professional publications and conferences.

In addition to numerous local and national presentations, Dr. Tuohey lectures internationally as faculty for the Applied Health Care Ethics program at Imperial College in London, UK, and has presented papers in Croatia, Taiwan and Brazil. His most recent publications include, “Ethical Consideration in the Risk-Benefit Analysis for Patients with Diminished Capacity,” co-authored with Dr. Jeffrey Young appeared in the Journal of Hospital Ethics, “POLST Reflects Patient Wishes and Clinical Reality” in Health Progress, and “A Fatal Conflict: Can Catholic Hospitals Refuse to Save Lives” in Commonweal. He recently joined the editorial Board of The Physician’s Index for Ethics in Medicine.

Dr. Tuohey earned his Ph.D. from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, writing his dissertation on the topic of palliative care.

Ph.D. in religious studies with an emphasis in ethics, magna cum laude, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 1986. The Ph.D. dissertation: Palliative Care: A Study of the Foundations, Philosophy, Practice and Ethical Principles of Health Care for the Terminally Ill.
Promoter: Paul Schotsmans, STD

STB, Master of Arts in theology with an emphasis in ethics, cum laude, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 1980. The MA thesis: Birth Regulation: The Medical Considerations for the Moral Decision.
Promoter: Joseph A. Selling, STD, Ph.D.

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Portland, OR 97225
Phone 503-216-1913