Jos V. M. Welie, PhD

Dr. Jos Welie studied medicine and law at the University of Maastricht, and philosophy at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, both in the Netherlands. He received his doctorate from the Radboud University School of Medical Sciences with a dissertation in the area of medical ethics. A Fulbright grant brought him to Loyola University of Chicago where he studied clinical ethics and medical humanities.

Before joining the Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Dr. Welie taught at universities in San Antonio, TX; Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami metropolitan area.

His primary areas of research include:
  • Issues in death and dying
  • Chronicity and care for chronic patients
  • The history and future of health sciences education in Jesuit universities
  • The relationship between health care ethics and health law
  • Philosophy of medicine, in particular, the relationships between philosophical anthropology and medicine
Selected publications:
  • Welie, Jos VM: Physician Assistance in Suicide. In: Ten Have, H.A.M.J. (Ed.): Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, Springer Publisher, 2015. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_33-1
  • Welie, Jos V.M.: Finding God in All Things.  Reflections on the possibility of mission implementation  at a Jesuit University in the area of faculty research. Jesuit Higher Education 2015, 4(2): 126-134. On-line at:
  • Welie, Jos V.M.: Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Philosophical Reflections on Normalcy, Disability, and the Imago Dei.  Journal of Religion and Society 2015, Supplement 12: 13-38. On-line at:
  • Welie, Jos V.M.: Biomedical Technology: Omnipresent in contemporary care, but virtually absent from Catholic bioethics.  Journal of Religion and Society , 2015, Vol. 17: 1-30. On-line at:
  • Welie, Jos V.M. & Have, Henk.A.M.J ten:  The Ethics of Forgoing Life-Sustaining Treatment: Theoretical Considerations and Clinical Decision Making. Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine 2014, 9: 14-22.
  • Have, Henk.A.M.J ten & Welie Jos VM. Palliative Sedation Versus Euthanasia: An Ethical Assessment. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 2013. Advance Epublication from 2013 Jun 4. At: S0885-3924(13)00235-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.03.008.  Print version: 2014, 47(1):123-36.
  • Welie Jos VM. Social Contract Theory as a Foundation of the Social Responsibilities of Health Professionals. Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy Online Firstô, 15 October 2011. DOI: 10.1007/s11019-011-9355-7. On-line at: Printed version: 15,3 (2012) 347-355.
  • Broers DLM, Brands WG, Welie, JVM & de Jongh A. Deciding about patient requests for extraction. Ethical and legal guidelines Journal of the American Dental Association 2010; 141:195-203
  • Welie, Jos V.M. (Ed.). (2006) Justice in Oral Health Care: Ethical and Educational Perspectives. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press.
  • Welie, J. V. M. (2006/2002). An educational guide on end-of-life care law and public policy in Nebraska. Lincoln, NE: Nebraska Coalition for Compassionate Care.
  • Have, H.A.M.J. & Welie, J.V.M. (2005): Death and Medical Power. An Ethical Analysis of the Dutch Euthanasia Practice. London: Open University Press.
  • Welie, J.V.M. (2004): Is Dentistry a Profession? Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. Vol. 70. Part 1: pp 529-32; Part 2: pp. 599-602; Part 3: pp. 675-678. Also on-line: Part I: Professionalism Defined.; Part II: Hallmarks of Professionalism ; Part III: Future Challenges.
  • Welie. J.V.M. & Kissell, J.L. (Eds.) (2004): Jesuit Health Sciences and the Promotion of Justice. An Invitation to a Discussion. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2004.
  • Welie, J.V.M. & Welie, S.P.K. (Eds.) (2001): Decision-Making Incompetence. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 4/2.
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End-of-Life Care [PDF]