Tarris Rosell, PhD, DMin, MDiv

Tarris Rosell, PhD, DMin, MDiv
Clinical Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine
2025 Robinson, MS 1025
3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160
913-588-3066 -- office
913-588-7060 -- fax

Education and Training

  • PhD, MA, 2002, 1999 Vanderbilt University
  • DMin, 1990 Colgate Rochester Divinity School
  • MDiv, 1983 Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  • BA, 1980 Bethel University
  • Fellowship in Clinical Ethics, 1997-99 Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Internship in Clinical Ethics, 1995-97 Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Clinical Pastoral Education Internship, 2003 V.A. Medical Center, Kansas City
  • Certificate of Pastoral Care, 1987 Gordon Hoople Institute, Onondaga Pastoral Counseling Center

Research, Teaching and Service
Tarris Rosell joined the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine in 2009 as a part-time clinical associate professor. He lectures in the School of Medicine and beyond on many topics within the field of biomedical ethics. Dr. Rosell provides ethics consultation for the University of Kansas Hospital, where he co-chairs the Hospital Ethics Committee and leads the ethics consultation service. As a member of the faculty, he mentors students in directed studies, research projects, and co-directs the Clendening Summer Fellowship program. Dr. Rosell also co-facilitates monthly ethics case discussion groups with medical students, residents, and fellows. Research interests include clinical bioethics, health and healthcare disparities, and the intersections of medicine and religion.

Service to the wider community has included facilitation of multi-disciplinary ethics rounds in other local institutions, membership on a faith based health system bioethics committee and IRB, membership on the Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, and chairing the 2016 ASBH Annual Meeting Program Committee. Dr. Rosell also holds academic and professional appointments as the Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics, and Professor of Pastoral Theology (Ethics & Ministry Praxis) at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He is Adjunct Professor of Bioethics at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, where he chairs the Department of Bioethics and directs the Masters in Bioethics degree program. Dr. Rosell is a member of the ordained clergy in a Protestant faith tradition.

Selected Publications 
Crigger, Nancy, Maria Fox, Tarris Rosell, and Wilaiporn Rojjanasirat, "Moving it Along: A Study of Healthcare Professionals' Experience with Ethics Consultations." Nursing Ethics. Published online before print September 3, 2015, doi:10.1177/0969733015597571. 

Tarzian, Anita, Lucia Wocial, Tarris Rosell, et al. "Code of Ethics for Healthcare Ethics Consultants." American Journal of Bioethics 15, 5 (May 2015): 38-51.Stroh, Greg, Rosell, Tarris, Frank Dong, and Jamison Forster. "Early Liver Transplantation for Patients with Acute Alcoholic Hepatitis: Public Views and the Effects on Organ Donation." American Journal of Transplantation 15 (2015): 1598-1604. 

Rosell, Tarris. "A Word From . . .: Transition." Review & Expositor 111, 1 (Feb 2014): 12-14. http://rae.sagepub.com/content/111/1/12.citationhttp://intl-rae.sagepub.com/content/111/1/12.full.pdf

Presentations and Exhibits

"Ethics and Psychiatry." Lecture for PGY 1-2 Psychiatry Residents, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, March 15, 2016.

"Clinical, Process, and Ethical Considerations with the Pregnant Potential Donor." Webinar speaker, The Alliance: Leadership in Organ Donation and Transplantation, online, Feb 9, 2016.

"Ethical and Political Implications of Stem Cell Research and Therapies." Lecture in Stem Cell Biology course, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS, Nov 24, 2015.

"VSED in Advance Directives." Panelist; Real Estate, Probate, and Trust & Elder Law Conference; Junction City, KS, Oct 8, 2015.

"Reflections on Ethics Consultation: The Tragic Case of Ms JL." Inaugural meeting of CBF of the Heartland Chaplains Association, held at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, KS, Oct 2, 2015.

"Transplantation Ethics." Guest lecture in nursing ethics class, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, Sept 24, 2015.

"'Tests I wish I hadn't ordered': Ethics Perspectives." CME panel presentation, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO, Sept 19, 2015.

"Assisted Dying (Suicide?) and Dignity: The Brittany Maynard Case in Oregon." CME lecture, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO, Sept 17, 2015.

"Bioethics Basics." Didactic session for Mosaic Medical Center CPE chaplains, CPB, Kansas City, MO, July 18, 2015.

"Clinical Ethics." Orientation session for geriatrics and palliative care fellows, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, July 16, 2015.

"End of Life and Ethics." Adult education workshop, Prairie Baptist Church, Prairie Village, KS, July 12 and 19, 2015.


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