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Marin Gillis, PhD

Professor and Chief, Division of Ethics, Humanities and the Arts, Department of Medicine, Family Medicine, and Community Health
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Marin Gillis is a philosopher and bioethicist. She is Chief of the Division of Ethics, Humanities and the Arts where she created and manages a four-year longitudinal competency-based thread woven through more than 25 courses, clerkships, the clinical skills capstone, and electives. It includes a devoted longitudinal intervention in Advance Care Planning.  Dr. Gillis is the Faculty Advancement Director in the Department of Medicine, Internal Medicine and Community Health and chairs the department Promotion Committee.  She is a clinical ethics consultant and serves on various boards, including the Board of Directors of the Global Bioethics Initiative at the UN in New York, the Florida Bioethics Network, and the South Florida Health Council Ethics Committee, which she chairs.  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. Dr. Gillis is Full Professor in the Department of Medicine, Family Medicine and Community Health, a Faculty Associate in the FIU Women and Gender Studies Program, and a Fellow at the FIU Honors College.

Education and Training

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

Course Director

  • Ethical Foundations of Medicine, Period 1
  • Medical Ethics and Humanism elective, Period 4
  • Narrative Medicine elective, Period 4
  • BioMedical Ethics, FIU Honors College


  • Bioethics
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Research Ethics

Select Publications

  • Gillis M, Weiler T. Genome Sequencing, Ethics of. In Bouhassira E, Golson JG, Eds. Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2015.
  • Gillis M, Landa Galindez A, Cuellar M, Armas M, Mintzer M. “Helpless,” “Frustrated and “Indignant:” Medical Student Language as an Indicator of Moral Distress in Caring for the Elderly. Abstract for the Presidential Poster Session at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Conference. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society April 2015; (63/Supp 1): S106-7.
  • Martinez I, Wells A, Mora JC, Gillis M. 12 Tips for Teaching Social Determinants in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum. Medical Teacher (Nov 2014): 1-6. Online at:
  • de Melo-Martín I, Gillis M. Ethical Issues in Human Stem Cell Research: Embryos and beyond. Ronald L Sandler. Ed. Ethics and Emerging Technologies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013: 123-138 and London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014: 123-138. Revised and reprinted from C. Hanks. Ed. Technology and Values: Essential Readings. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing; 2009:323-334.
  • Armas M, Gillis M, Cuellar M. Ethics Questionnaire Assignment in the Internal Medicine Clerkship. Med Ed Portal. Published August 21, 2013.
  • Gillis M, Hanrahan J. Article in Search of an Author: Exciting collaboration or unethical conduct? Med Ed Portal. Published August 17, 2010.


  • First Prize Poster. Gillis M, Martinez R, Perez-Loughlin L, Fourcand F, Barrett D. International Congress of Clinical Ethics and Consultation. Coma Simulation Meeting Clinical Neurology and Ethics Outcomes in US Undergraduate Clerkship. Ichan School of Medicine at Mt Sinai, New York, NY; May 2015.

Areas of Interest

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