Tarris Rosell, Ph.D., D.Min., M.Div.

Clinical Associate Professor
Position
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine

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

Personal statement
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
Service to the wider community includes facilitation of multi-disciplinary ethics rounds in other local institutions, membership on a faith based health system bioethics committee and IRB, and membership on the Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee and Program Committee of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. 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 has served as interim chair of a Masters in Bioethics degree program, and is a member of the ordained clergy in a Protestant faith tradition.

Publications (selected)
Rosell, Tarris. Personal Reflection: "Mortality Moments." Journal of Pastoral Care 55, No. 2 (Summer 2001): 201-202.

Rosell, Tarris. "Another Take on the Theory/Practice Dynamic: A CPE Sabbatical for Seminary Professors."  Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling59, No. 4 (Winter 2005): 393-396.

Rosell, Tarris. "Pastoral Products or Pastoral Care?  How Marketplace Language Affects Ministry in Veterans Hospitals." Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling60, No. 4 (Winter 2006): 363-367.

Rosell, Tarris. "Stem Cell Research: Debates and Divides." Christian Ethics Today 11, No. 2 (Spring 2005): 18-19.

Rosell, Tarris. "Grieving the Loss of a Companion Animal: Pastoral Perspective and Personal Narrative Regarding  One Sort of Disenfranchised Grief." Review & Expositor 102, No. 1 (Winter 2005): 47-63.

Rosell, Tarris. "Life After Schiavo." Christian Ethics Today 11, No. 3, Aggregate Issue 55 (Summer 2005): 13l

Rosell, Tarris. "An Ethics Conflict and Culture: Should This Kidney Be Used?" Pediatric Nursing 32, No. 1 (Jan/Feb 2006): 68-70.

Rosell, Tarris. "Specialty Healthcare Access: A Response to Disparities and Dilemmas." Practical Bioethics Vol.1, No. 4; Vol. 2, No.1 (Fall/Winter 2005/2006): 2, 16.

Rosell, Tarris, et al. Contributing Editor, Practical Bioethics: Disparities in Health and Healthcare Vol. 1, No. 4; Vol. 2, No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2005/2006).

Rosell, Tarris. "After Terri: An Ethics of Reciprocity." Practical Bioethics 2, No. 3 and 4 (Spring/Summer 2006): 8-10, 12.

Rosell, Tarris. "'Tanya, the One with Jonathan's Kidney': A Living Unrelated Donor Case of Church Associates." Chapter 18 in Complex Ethical Consultations: Cases that Haunt Us, Denise Dudzinski and Paul Ford, editors, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Davis, Merry, Tarris Rosell, Jeanne Twohig, Elizabeth DiStefano, "Sparking Local Faith Community Support for Palliative Care: One Health System's Experience."Supportive Voice, Vol 14, 2 (Fall 2009).

Friedman, T, J Loitman, and T Rosell. "Primary Depression and the Voluntary Suspension of Eating and Drinking: Considerations," AAHPM Bulletin of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Vol 11, 2 (Summer 2010): 1-3.

Rosell, Tarris. Review: Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology, Willis Jenkins. Review & Expositor 108 (107), No. 1 (Winter 2011 (2010)): 112-113.

Rosell, Tarris. "Normative Objections to Posing Plastinated Bodies: An Ethics of Bodily Repose." Chapter 9, pp 90-100, in Controversial Bodies: Thoughts on the Public Display of Plastinated Corpses, ed. John Lantos, MD. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.

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

Carrese, J., T. Rosell, et al. "HCEC Pearls and Pitfalls: Suggested Dos and Don'ts for Health Care Ethics Consultants." Journal of Clinical Ethics 23, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 234-240.

"Documented Consent Process for Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators, and Implications for End-of-Life Care in Older Adults." With Amber Niewald (lead author), Jane Broxterman, Sally Rigler. Journal of Medical Ethics 39, 2 (Jan 2013): 94-97.


Presentations (selected)
"'Please turn off my ICD and (100%) Pacemaker': The Case of Mr P." Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Committee Consortium, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO, May 22, 2014.

"Ethics Perspective on the Munoz Case." Healthcare Attorneys Roundtable, Kansas City, MO, May 14, 2014.

"Ethics Case Scenarios in Organ Transplantation," with Amy DeBaets and Britt Johnson. Colby Cassani Endowed Lectureship Series, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, May 12, 2014.

"What Happens to Ethics When Nonprofit Healthcare Becomes a Business?" Ethics lecture and dialogue, Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, April 17, 2014.

"'Please turn off my ICD and (100%) Pacemaker': The Case of Mr P." Lecture, Ethics Grand Rounds, Medical Education Foundation, Stormont Vail Medical Center, Topeka, KS, March 1, 2014.

"Why Fudge is Good, But Fudging Isn't: Handling Research Data with Integrity." Lecture, Ethics Grand Rounds, Medical Education Foundation, Stormont Vail Medical Center, Topeka, KS, March 1, 2014.

"'Please turn off my ICD and (100%) Pacemaker': The Case of Mr P." Ethics Conference, Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO, Feb 12, 2014.

"Why Fudge is Good, But Fudging Isn't: Handling Research Data with Integrity." Lecture for "Science Friday Talks," Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO, Jan 24, 2014.

"'Please turn off my ICD and (100%) Pacemaker': The Case of Mr P." Ethics Series lecture, Via Christi Hospital, Pittsburg, KS, Dec 19, 2013.

"Football Injuries, Gladiators, and Ethics." Session for SIGN and Lunar Society medical student groups, University of Kansas Medical Center, Nov 14, 2013.

"Basic Theories of Bioethics: A Case Approach." Lecture in "Ethics for Physicians," College of Medicine, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, MO. Oct 28, 2013.

"Organ Donation and Transplantation: Ethical Considerations, Diversity and Faith." CME lecture, Donate Life Symposium, University of Kansas Hospital, April 25, 2013.

"Transplantation Ethics." Guest lecture in nursing ethics class, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, April 18, 2013.

"Donna Mae's Dying and What Was Learned: An Ethics Story." Ethics Summit lecture, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, April 12, 2013.

"Prenatal Genetics Screening and Testing: The Newest Eugenics?" Adult education lecture, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO, Jan 13, 2013.

"Documentation Norms for Clinical Ethics Consultation." Hospital Ethics Committee Consortium of Greater Kansas City, Liberty Hospital, Liberty, MO, Nov 8, 2012.

"Ethical Dilemmas." Plenary lecture, KUMC Area Health Education Center East, annual conference for nurses, adult care home administrators, social workers, and other allied health professionals; Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS, Oct 31, 2012.

"Ethics Questions of Two Burn Cases-With Reference to Others." Lecture for "Topics in Burn Medicine," University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, Oct 3, 2012.

"Ethics Questions on Two Hard Cases." Case Management Staff, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, KS, Sept 26, 2012.

"Bioethics for Chaplains: Basic Theories, 'First Person Consent', End of Life Ethics." All day workshop, Nebraska State Association of Professional Chaplains Fall Retreat, Carol Joy Holling Conference and Retreat Center, Ashland, NE, Sept 21, 2012.

"The State of Reproductive Ethics and Law in the State of Kansas." Presentation to Medical Students for Human Rights, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, Sept 11, 2012.

"Oncology Ethics and End of Life Care." Oncology Symposium lecture, Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, KS, July 13, 2012.

"Of Miracles and Medicine: Problem Cases in Bioethics." Public bioethics lecture, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, April 24, 2012.

"'Death Panels' and Other Myths." Lecture to resident and medical students. Northeast Regional Medical Center, Kirksville, MO, April 25, 2012.

"Ethical Analysis of Transitions of Care." Lecture and panel facilitation for Joan Berkley Ethics Symposium, Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City, MO, April 20, 2012.

"Ethics Committees and Ethics Consultation." Workshop with Ethics Committee, Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, MO, April 4, 2012.

"Ethics Questions on Two Hard Cases." Surgery-Trauma Department Lecture Series, University of Kansas Medical Center, March 14, 2012.

"'Without reasonable hope for meaningful recovery': Ethics Perspective on Three Cases." Lecture for Medicine Grand Rounds, University of Kansas Medical Center, Jan 4, 2012.

"Disaster Readiness and Ethics: Pre-Serving the Underserved." Lecture at "Disaster Ethics" symposium, Kansas City, MO, Dec 7, 2011.

"'What are we going to do with Joe?' How Deciders Decide"; "What happens when the family says, 'No!'? Ethics of Family Opposition to First Person Consent Organ Donation"; "'Without reasonable hope for meaningful recovery': An Ethics Perspective." Lectures for Missouri Chaplains Association, Missouri Health Association annual meeting, Tan-Tar-A Resort, Missouri, Nov 10, 2011.

"Ethics and Dysphagia: Concepts and Cases." Lecture and Panel, Kansas Speech and Hearing Association, Overland Park, KS, Sept 15, 2011.

"What happens if the family says 'No!'? Ethics of Opposition to 'First Person Consent' Organ Donation." Medicine Grand Rounds, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, May 18, 2011.

"What happens if the family says 'No!'? Ethics of Opposition to 'First Person Consent' Organ Donation." Saint Luke's Health System Bioethics Committee in-service presentation, Saint Luke's South, Overland Park, KS, May 11, 2011. Lunch & Learn ethics presentation, Saint Luke's South Hospital, Overland Park, KS, June 30, 2011; Noon Ethics Conference lecture, Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO, April 20, 2011.

"'First Person Consent' and Family Opposition to Organ Donation." Healthcare Attorneys' Roundtable, Kaufmann Foundation, Kansas City, MO, May 4, 2011.

"Advance Directives and 'Death Panels'." Webcast for "Beyond the Basics," Oklahoma University Health Sciences College, Palliative Care Resource Center, April 22, 2011.

"Stem Cell Ethics: More Heat Than Light?" Public lecture for bioethics course, Graceland University, Lamoni, IA, April 25, 2011.

"'Without reasonable hope for meaningful recovery': An Ethics Perspective." Medicine Grand Rounds, Saint Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO, April 8, 2011.

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