John F. Kilner, PhD
John F. Kilner is the Franklin Forman Chair of Ethics, Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, and the Director of the Bioethics Program at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. From the 1994 founding of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity until 2005, Dr. Kilner served as the Center’s President and CEO. He presently serves as a Senior Fellow in the Academy of Fellows of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity.
Author of numerous articles in medical, public health, legal, religious, and ethics journals, he has written or edited 15 recent books: Does God Need Our Help?; Life on the Line; Who Lives? Who Dies?; Cutting Edge Bioethics; The Reproduction Revolution; Bioethics and the Future of Medicine; Dignity and Dying; Genetic Ethics; The Changing Face of Health Care; Basic Questions on Genetics, Stem Cell Research, and Cloning; Basic Questions on Healthcare; Basic Questions on Reproductive Technology; Basic Questions on Alternative Medicine; Basic Questions on End of Life Decisions; and Basic Questions on Suicide and Euthanasia.
His interests have been shaped significantly by extended periods of study and research in inner-city Boston, Kenya, and Switzerland. A frequent speaker and seminar leader, he most commonly addresses issues related to health care reform and resource allocation, age-based and other forms of rationing, treatment termination, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, human cloning, assisted reproduction, genetic intervention, stem cell research, ethical methodology, cultural values, and social change.
Previously, Dr. Kilner served as Senior Associate at The Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics, and as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University Medical School, both in Chicago. Prior to his move to the Chicago area, he was an associate professor of social and medical ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary, directed the ethics grand rounds program at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, taught medical ethics as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky, and served as hospital ethicist for St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, KY.
After completing a BA degree (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) at Yale University, he earned an MDiv degree (summa cum laude, valedictorian) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also holds an AM and a PhD "With Distinction" in religious ethics, with an emphasis in bioethics, from Harvard University. While there, he received the Newcombe, Danforth, Eisenhower, DeKarman, Roothbert, Merit, Howe, and Sheldon awards.
Updated September 2014