John Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L., joined The National Catholic Bioethics Center as Director of Institutional Relations in January 2015. Prior to that, he served as executive director and ethicist of the Catholic Medical Association from 2006-2014, where he was responsible for coordinating efforts to strengthen the CMA internally and to enhance its ability to witness effectively in the public square. This included supporting membership and guild development, creating educational programs, developing position statements on healthcare ethics and public policy, and serving as spokesman to the media. Dr. Brehany serves as a consultant to two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and has worked on national partnerships addressing conscience rights, healthcare reform, and respect for human life.
Before joining the Catholic Medical Association, Dr. Brehany served as Executive Director of Mission Services and Ethics for Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa from 2000-2006, where he was responsible for mission integration, ethics consultation and education, pastoral care, and the community benefit ministry program. Prior to that, Dr. Brehany taught courses in systematic and moral theology at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon, from 1991-1997. He has lectured at a number of other institutions of higher learning, including Saint Louis University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, the College of Pharmacy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Brehany has given multiple presentations at conferences, secular ethics workshops, and Catholic universities (serving as a keynote speaker in Benedictine College’s John Paul the Great Distinguished Speaker Series, 2012; giving Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2008 Gemelli Lecture) and has been frequently interviewed on a wide range of ethics and public policy topics by secular and religious print, radio, and television media, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dallas Morning News, the National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Newsweek-The Daily Beast, EWTN’s The World Over, and the Christian Broadcasting Network. Dr. Brehany received a Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics from Saint Louis University, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C., and a M.A. in Philosophy from University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. While earning his B.A. at the University of San Francisco, Dr. Brehany studied for a year at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.