Program Faculty

The Certificate in Clinical Ethics is under the leadership of Colleen M. Gallagher, PhD, LSW, FACHE, Chief and Executive Director of Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care and Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Care.  Dr. Gallagher and respective program faculty bring in excess of 25 years of professional practice in clinical ethics. Our nationally acclaimed faculty members are responsible for curriculum development and ongoing review. At this time, all faculty members for the certificate program are appointed at MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

Full Time Faculty

Colleen M. Gallagher, PhD, MA, FACHE

Primary Appointment: Chief & Executive Director, Section of Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care
Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment: Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center - School of Health Sciences at the School of Health Professions.

Dr. Gallagher has been working in the fields of social work and health care ethics since 1985. She received her doctoral degrees in bioethics in health care professions and social work from The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2004.

In June 2008, Dr. Gallagher joined the staff at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where she is the Chief and Executive Director of the Section of Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care. Prior to this appointment, she was the System Director of Clinical Ethics for Resurrection Health Care in Chicago, Illinois.

In addition to multiple institutional committees, including IRB#1, 3, & 5, she currently participates in several international, national, and regional health care and social services organizations including:

  • The International Ethics Expert for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Science and Technology
  • The International Ethics Expert for the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights
  • Member and , Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Standing Committee, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)
  • Voting Panel Member, Molecular and Clinical Genetics Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services - Public Health Service, in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Fellow, America College of Healthcare Executives

Jessica A. Moore, DHCE, MA

Primary Appointment: Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Care, Section of Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care, and Clinical Ethicist, Medical Affairs.

Dr. Moore joined the faculty of M. D. Anderson in March 2009 in the Department of Critical Care, Sectio of Integrated Ethics.  Dr. Moore received a Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Doctorate in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University. Her doctoral research emphasized the interdisciplinary care of the whole person.  

Her position encompasses several components including: serving as a clinical ethicist in the Section of Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care,  Clinical Ethics Consultation Services, participating in weekly interdisciplinary rounds on various patient units, providing ethics education for institutional faculty, staff, trainees and interns. Dr. Moore serves on several institutional committees including the Institutional Review Board (IRB) 2 and 4, Psycho Social Council and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Operations Committee.  

Joint Faculty

Demetrios Petropoulos, MD

Dr. Petropoulos is a currently a Associate Professor in Pediatrics Patient Care at MD Anderson.  

Richard Theriault, DO, MBA

Primary Appointment: Professor of Medicine, Department of Breast Medical Oncology
Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment: Professor, Section for Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care

Dr. Theriault received his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. His postgraduate training included a Rotating Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital in St. Louis. He also completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa and a Fellowship in Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Theriault is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston.

Dr. Theriault has authored or co-authored over 100 original articles in peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Cancer.He serves as a reviewer for journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association and British Journal of Cancer. Dr. Theriault is the Chairman of the Institutional Review Board-2 at MD Anderson Cancer Center.He has served as a panel member for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research program and as a scientific reviewer for the NCI/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. His research interests include breast cancer bone metastasis and breast cancer during pregnancy.


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