Dónal P. O'Mathúna, PhD

Dónal P. O'Mathúna, PhD
Chair of the Academy of Fellows

Dónal P. O'Mathúna, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence in the School of Nursing, Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland. He is also on the faculty of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute and the Institute of Ethics at DCU. He is a Fellow of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and Chair of its Academy of Fellows. He is Chairperson of the DCU Research Ethics Committee and the ethicist on St. James’s Hospital, Dublin ethics committee.

Dónal was born and raised in Ireland, and earned a BS in pharmacy from Trinity College, Dublin. He received his PhD in medicinal chemistry from The Ohio State University. After this, he pursued his interest in bioethics by obtaining an MA in Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. Dónal’s research interests include: ethical issues in nanotechnology and post humanism; bioethics and disasters (http://DisasterBioethics.com);  personhood in bioethics as it relates to biotechnology; critical thinking and moral reasoning in the teaching of bioethics; emotions and ethics, especially in relation to literature in teaching bioethics (including film and music); the ethical and spiritual aspects of complementary and alternative therapies; and evidence-based reviews of complementary and alternative therapies; and evidence-based reviews of complementary and alternative therapies. 

Dónal's most recent book is an edited volume, Disaster Bioethics: Normative Issues with Nothing in Normal (Springer, 2013). He has also authored Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology (Continuum, 2009) and, with Walt Larimore, MD, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, updated and expanded edition (Zondervan, 2007). He edited, with Bart Cusveller and Agneta Sutton, Commitment and Responsibility in Nursing: A Faith-Based Approach (Dordt, 2004). He is working on a book for CBHD on critical thinking in bioethics. He has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on bioethics, some of which are available at http://BioethicsIreland.ie.

Dónal taught for several years at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio until he returned to Ireland in 2003 to serve the Lord as an academic tent-maker. He lives near Dublin with his wife and two sons, and his daughter attends college in Columbus, Ohio. 

Updated September 2014