Margaret E. Mohrmann

Professor, Department of Pediatrics



Barringer Wing, Room 5367


Dr. Mohrmann is a graduate of the College of Charleston (BS, 1969) and the Medical University of South Carolina (MD, 1973).  After completing her residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals, she returned to MUSC, where she was director of the residency program in pediatrics, medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit, and taught ethics and clinical reasoning to first- and second-year medical students.  In 1987, Dr. Mohrmann came to the University of Virginia as a doctoral student in religious ethics (and a part-time teacher and practitioner of primary care pediatrics), receiving her PhD in 1995. 


She currently holds joint appointments at UVA in the College of Arts & Sciences (Department of Religious Studies) and the School of Medicine. Through the Department of Religious Studies, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of Christian ethics, ancient philosophical ethics, and feminist thought, and each semester leads the undergraduate bioethics internship seminar. In the School of Medicine, Dr. Mohrmann has recently stepped down from directing the programs of teaching, clinical service, and research in biomedical ethics, and is currently engaged in teaching and research projects in the center.


Dr. Mohrmann has received numerous teaching awards from medical students and residents, both at MUSC and at UVA, including the UVA School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the Raven Society (the oldest honorary service organization at UVA), and Omicron Delta Kappa.  In 1988, the College of Charleston bestowed upon her the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, and in 2010 the College’s premedical students selected her to receive the Outstanding Service to Medicine Alumnus/a Award.


Based on her interdisciplinary scholarship at the intersection of ethics, religion, and medicine, Dr. Mohrmann is in demand nationally as a speaker to a variety of audiences, including physicians, medical students, nurses, theologians, chaplains, and lay persons. She is the author of Attending Children: A Doctor’s Education (Georgetown, 2005) and Medicine As Ministry: Reflections on Suffering, Ethics, and Hope (Pilgrim Press, 1995), and co-editor of Pain Seeking Understanding: Suffering, Medicine, and Faith (Pilgrim Press, 1999). Recent publications include “Ethical Grounding for a Profession of Hospital Chaplaincy,” Hastings Center Report 38: 18-23, 2008; and, with Lois Shepherd, “Ready to Listen: Why Welcome Matters,” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 43(3): 646-50, 2011. Her current projects are a book (with Shepherd) on responsibility and the obligation of welcome in medical ethics and a textbook on the pre-Reformation history of Christian ethics.


Faculty and Staff

Rebecca Stangl

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Jarrett Zigon

Director of the Bioethics Program, William & Linda Porterfield Chair in Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Anthropology

James F. Childress

Professor Emeritus, University Professor and John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics, and Professor of Religious Studies

Nichole Flores

Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Margaret E. Mohrmann

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

China Scherz

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Aidan Seale-Feldman

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Bioethics Program

Sylvia Tidey

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Global Studies