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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, bioethicist, and educator. She is chief of the Division of Ethics, Humanities and the Arts (DEHA), at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University. 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. She serves in an executive capacity on the Board of Directors of the Global Bioethics Initiative as the Director of Development and Strategic Planning and Co-Chair of the Education Committee, which facilitates the GBI international bioethics summer schools. Other leadership in education includes directing the USA Working Group of the International Cambridge Consortium of Bioethics Educators and co-chairing the Ethics and Humanities Educators in the Health Professions affinity group at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). In 2016-7, Dr. Gillis co-chairs the International Clinical Ethics and Consultation Conference (ICCEC) Scientific Review Board for the 2017 conference in Singapore. Dr. Gillis is a full Professor in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, 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