EVMS Commencement

‌Speaker Biography

‌Margaret E. Mohrmann, MD, PhD, is a graduate of the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina. After completing her residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals, she returned to MUSC, where she was Director of the Residency Program in Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and taught Ethics and Clinical Reasoning to first- and second-year medical students. In 1987, Dr. Mohrmann came to the University of Virginia as a doctoral student in religious ethics (and a part-time teacher and practitioner of primary-care pediatrics), receiving her PhD in 1995.

She currently holds joint appointments at UVA in the School of Medicine and the College of Arts & Sciences (Department of Religious Studies). In the School of Medicine, Dr. Mohrmann directs the programs of teaching, clinical service, and research in biomedical ethics. Through the Department of Religious Studies, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the History of Christian Ethics and in Feminist Thought, among other subjects, and the undergraduate Bioethics Internship Seminar.

Dr. Mohrmann has received numerous teaching awards from medical students and residents, both at MUSC and at UVA, including the UVA School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the Raven Society (the oldest honorary service organization at UVA), and Omicron Delta Kappa. In 1988, the College of Charleston bestowed upon her the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, and in 2010 the College’s premedical students selected her to receive the Outstanding Service to Medicine Alumnus/a Award.

She is the author of Attending Children: A Doctor’s Education (Georgetown, 2005) and Medicine As Ministry: Reflections on Suffering, Ethics, and Hope (Pilgrim Press, 1995), and co-editor of Pain Seeking Understanding: Suffering, Medicine, and Faith (Pilgrim Press, 1999). Her current projects are a book (with a colleague) on responsibility and the obligation of welcome in medical ethics, and a textbook on the pre-Reformation history of Christian ethics.