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Orlando Biomedical Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching Endowment

  • Mission

    Orlando Biomedical Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching InstituteGannon University is recognized as a leader in training global citizens and is inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, especially its teaching on the dignity of the human person. The mission of the Biomedical Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching Endowment is to build on the legacy of the Orlando Endowment to establish the University as an interdisciplinary focal point for biomedical ethics and social responsibility, offering sound discernment and professional development.


    Gannon University’s Biomedical Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching Endowment aspires toward a more humane world by empowering people with the knowledge and skills they need to respond well to the rapidly changing contours of the biomedical sciences.


    Caring for our children, families, and community – Challenges, disparities, and opportunities for making a difference

    7 P.M., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023
    Yehl Alumni Ballroom

    Mary Anne Albaugh, MD, DLFAPA
    Physician and Community Psychiatrist, Deerfield Behavioral Health of Warren Group Practice, a member of Journey Health System

    Mary Anne AlbaughMary Anne Albaugh, MD, DLFAPA, is a first-generation physician and community psychiatrist with over 30 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in the Erie region. In addition to her medical practice, Dr. Albaugh serves as the Medical Director for Erie County Department of Health Services Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities team, and Program Director for the UPMC Rural Community Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Albaugh is active in organized psychiatry and advocacy. She is the past president of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society and member of the Government Relations Committee, Clinical Committee and Workforce Shortage Task Force. She is the Area 3 Deputy Representative to the APA Assembly and member of the APAPAC and Congressional Advocacy Network. Dr. Albaugh is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council (PPLC) and co-chair of the PPLC-PaPS Racial Justice work group on recruitment and retention of Black Psychiatry Residents to Pennsylvania Psychiatry Residency Programs.

    Medical Ethics: A Brief History and Practical Applications for the Real World

    6:30 P.M., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023
    Ruskin Academic Building, Lecture Hall and Zoom Webinar

    Bradley Collins, MD, SFHM, FACP '99
    Staff Hospitalist, Miriam Hospital
    Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical Educator, Brown University

    Bradley Collins Orlando Speaker SeriesDr. Bradley Collins received his bachelor of science in chemistry from Gannon University in 1999. He graduated magna cum laude, Honor’s Scholar 1999, Medal of Honor. He also received the Greek Medal of Honor and the Joe Luckey Service Award.

    Dr. Collins received his doctorate degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 2003. In 2006, he graduated from Brown University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine. He was the past-president of the Rhode Island Medical Society where he was the youngest president in the history of the society. He is the founder and chairman of the Board Medical Preparatory Academy Charter School for underserved/underrepresented children with hopes to attain post graduate training in the medical field.

    Dr. Collins is the president and founding member of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine and serves as an adviser for healthcare to the governor of Rhode Island. He is the Vice President of the Gannon University National Alumni Board.

    A Case for A Eucharistic Approach to Healthcare According to the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church

    6:30 P.M., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022
    Ruskin Academic Building, Lecture Hall and Zoom Webinar

    SimonMary A. Aihiokhai, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Portland

    SimonMary AihiokhaiDr. Aihiokhai was born in Nigeria. He earned a graduate degree in theology with a focus in medical ethics from Saint John Seminary and his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Duquesne University. His research focuses on religion, race, and identity constructions; African approaches to ethics; African philosophies, cultures, and theologies; religion and violence; comparative theology; themes in systematic theology; and interfaith studies and topics in moral theology and medical ethics. Dr. Aihiokhai is well-published including a monograph, titled, Fostering Interreligious Encounters in Pluralist Societies. Hospitality and Friendship. He has delivered more than 80 scholarly papers, keynote addresses, and invited lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Aihiokhai serves as a Fellow at the Westar Institute and as a board member for the College Theology Society.

    COVID-19 Vaccines: Individual Freedom and the Common Good

    7 P.M., September 15, 2021
    Yehl Ballroom/Livestream

    Nicanor AustriacoRev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.Th.D.
    Professor of Biology and Professor of Theology, Providence College Research Fellow, Center for Theology, Religious Studies, and Ethics at University of Santo Tomas, Phillipines

    Dominican Priest Austriaco earned his Ph.D. degree in biology from MIT and his S.Th.D. degree from University of Fribourg. In theology, his essays have appeared in The Thomist, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Nova et Vetera on bioethics and on the relationship between science and religion. He is the author of Biomedicine & Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics. He has recently written and spoken in a variety of public forums on bioethical issues related to COVID-19.