Judith Lee Kissell, PhD
Director of the Creighton University Health Administration and Policy Program
Resident Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
  PhD, 1997, Georgetown University
MA, 1994, Georgetown University
BA, 1964, Fontbonne College

Dr. Judith Lee Kissell
Creighton University
(Arts and Sciences Annex 2)
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
Phone: (402) 280-5706
Email: jkissell@creighton.edu



Dr. Judith Lee Kissell, considers herself primarily an educator and describes her arrival in the field of medical ethics as a circuitous one. Her longstanding involvement in politics led her to Washington, D.C., where she served as Deputy Director of the Select Committee on Aging in the United States House of Representatives. It was during her tenure at the House that it quickly became apparent to Dr. Kissell that health issues comprised the most urgent public policy issues for the elderly. A series of Congressional hearings along with serendipitous events sparked her interest in pursuing a doctoral degree in medical ethics. In retrospect, Dr. Kissell recently recalled, "I was fortunate to become acquainted with some fine ethicists and physicians during this time who convinced me that I could utilize my life-long fascination with philosophy and my interest in public policy to get back to doing what I love - teaching."

At Georgetown University, which like Creighton University is part of the network of Jesuit-run colleges and universities, Dr. Kissell served as a member of the United States Army's Review Team for Breast Cancer Research and served on a number of ethics committees for community groups in the Washington, D.C. area. Dr. Kissell also taught courses both at the undergraduate level at Georgetown and George Mason Universities and at the Georgetown School of Medicine.

Shortly after completing her graduate studies, Dr. Kissell joined the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University Medical Center as a post-doctoral research assistant under the direction of Dr. Ruth Purtilo. Dr. Kissell regards her first contact with CHPE as an "immeasurably rich and fruitful time" during which she had the opportunity to teach classes in the School of Medicine and the physical therapy program in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

Dr. Kissell has lectured at international, national and regional conferences on clinical ethics, complicity and healthcare issues. During her post-doctoral year at Creighton, Dr. Kissell recalls her favorite project as one that dealt with "human, non-subject research." This research topic involved research on stored human tissues and it engaged the Vice-President for Health Sciences, faculty and staff from the Center for Health Policy and Ethics, participants from the Creighton University School of Medicine, the Department of Pathology, the Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University Medical Center and the Creighton Law School. Per Dr. Kissell, the project "...took her a long time to plumb...".

At the conclusion of her post-doctoral assistantship, Dr. Kissell was recruited as an Assistant Professor to Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. At GC & SU she taught undergraduate philosophy courses. Dr. Kissell returned to Creighton during the 2000 academic year.

In April of 2006, Judith Lee Kissell, PhD, was appointed as Director of the Creighton University Health Administration and Policy Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of health care management and an awareness of the key issues facing the health care world. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and draws faculty and courses from several areas of study. Dr. Kissellís research and teaching activities have embraced a wide perspective of health care concerns during her time at CHPE. She plans to emphasize enrichment of the ethical culture of health care organizations and care for underserved populations, consistent with the Creighton mission.