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Marin Gillis, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Medicine and Society, Department of Humanities, Health, and Society
AHC2 598

Dr. Marin Gillis is a philosopher and bioethicist. She has taught in the health field at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels since 2002. She is a clinical ethics consultant and serves on various boards, including the Global Bioethics Initiative at the United Nations, the Florida Bioethics Network, and the South Florida Health Council Ethics Committee, which she chairs. She serves as the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) Director of Integrated Ethics and Humanities where she created and manages a four-year longitudinal competency-based ethics education thread woven through more than 20 courses. She has been recently tasked to manage a consortium of health sciences professors to create the first interprofessional graduate level health ethics course at FIU that will be fully online. In addition, Dr. Gillis is the Faculty advisor for the Medical Humanities Club and the Gold Humanism Honors Society. She has published in the area of ethics and medical biotechnologies but is more recently devoted to the scholarship of medical and interprofessional health education, especially the integration of ethics and medical humanities into medical education and inteprofessional health sciences service learning. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society at HWCOM and a Faculty Associate in the FIU Women’s Studies Program.

Education and Training

  • LPh, Philosophy, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada


  • Bioethics
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Research Ethics

Select Publications

  • Gillis M, Hanrahan J. Article in search of an author: Exciting collaboration or unethical conduct? MedEdPORTAL. Sept 2010. Available at
  • Gillis M, de Melo-Martin I, eds. Hypatia: J Fem Philos. Feminist Biotechnologies Special Cluster. 2010; 25(3).
  • Gillis M, Sigman-Grant M. Principles of health care ethics and the WHO/UNICEF 10 steps to successful breastfeeding. J Hum Lact. 2010; 26(1):11-14.
  • Gillis M. The Enchiridion of Epictetus. In: Le Combe M, Alpern D, eds. Osler’s Bedside Library: Great Writers Who Inspired a Great Physician.  Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians Press; 2009:77-83.
  • Gillis M, Doris J. Ethics and Professionalism. In: Piasecki M, Guerrero APS, eds. Problem Based Learning in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Dordrecht, The Netherlands:  Springer; 2008:121-131.

Areas of Interest

  • Clinical Ethics and Decision-Making,
  • Healing Arts and Medical Humanities
  • Social Media in Medicine