John R. Stone, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Center for Health Policy and Ethics
Creighton University


Ph.D., Brown University, Philosophy, 2001

M.A., Brown University, Philosophy, 1994

M.A., University of Montana, Philosophy 1992

M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1967

B.A., Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1963 (Major: Chemistry)



John is a physician and philosopher/bioethicist; Professor, Creighton University School of Medicine; Graduate Faculty, the Master's Degree in Health Care Ethics of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics; and Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Creighton's Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality. The latter Center is a community-academic partnership to eliminate health inequalities through community outreach, community-based participatory research, and health disparities research training. His focus is unjust inequalities in health and healthcare. His work includes teaching, scholarship/writing, grants, and programs.

John's post-graduate training included residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in internal medicine and at the University of Missouri Medical Center-Columbia, a cardiology fellowship and a year as chief resident in medicine. He served two years in the US Public Health Service. John then practiced cardiology primarily in Missoula, Montana where he co-founded the Institute of Medicine and Humanities. At the University of Montana he took undergraduate and graduate courses in Philosophy. After doctoral work in philosophy at Brown University and prior to his work at Creighton, he was Associate Professor with the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, Tuskegee University, Alabama. Tuskegee is a historically black university. At Tuskegee, John taught, conducted research and scholarship, and collaborated in NIH-funded programs to address health inequalities (cancer, cardiovascular disease) with colleagues at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), and Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta).

John and Erika Blacksher collaborated in developing two collections of articles for: (1) a special issue of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics on vulnerable populations (2002;23(6)), and (2) an edition of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics that targets ethical issues regarding cross-cultural dimensions of health and healthcare (2008;17(2)). He and Annette Dula developed a group of articles that address bioethics and health disparities, also in Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2012; 21(3)).


Selected Publications

Stone, JR. Ethics & “Medical” Judgment: Whose Values? What Process? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 2013;22(4):404-406.

Stone, J.R. (2012). Elderly & older racial/ethnic minority healthcare inequalities: Care, solidarity, and action. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 21(3): 342-352.

Marcos, L., Rosales, M.R., Rödlach, A., Stone, J.R. (Winter 2012). Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim and University Researchers: Partnering in Community Health Development. Practicing Anthropology, 34(1): 37-40.

Marcos, L., Rosales, M.R., Rödlach, A., Stone, J.R. (Fall 2011). Maya languages, health, and ethics: Issues in a health needs assessment study in Omaha.Focus.

Stone, J.R. (Spring 2011). Ethics and community-based participatory research. Focus.

Stone, J.R. (2010). Saving and ignoring lives: Physicians' obligations to address root social influences on health-moral justifications and educational implications. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 19(4): 497-509.

Stone, J.R. (2010). Mrs. J: Culture & healthcare ethics committees. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 19(4): 537-540.

Stone, J.R. (2010). Non-payment and non-care: Ethics and continuity of care." Medical Care, 48(6): 495-497.

Stone, J.R. & Dula, A. (2008). Race/ethnicity, trust, and health disparities: Trustworthiness, ethics, and action." In S. Kosoko-Lasaki, C.T. Cook, & R.L. O'Brien (Eds.) Cultural proficiency in addressing health disparities (pp. 37-56). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Stone, J.R. (2008). Healthcare inequality, cross-cultural training, and bioethics: Principles and applications," Special Section of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: Illuminating Culture, Health, and Ethics: Beyond Equality and Justice,17 (2), 216-226.



Equity and Practicality in Health Disparities Research. University of Alabama-Birmingham Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center. January 24, 2013.

PowerPoint Presentation for Equity and Practicality in Health Disparities Research

Just How Far Is Too Far? Ethics and Transitions From Technology To Support. 27th Annual Meeting, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Orlando, FL. September 8, 2012.

PowerPoint Presentation for Just How Far Is Too Far?

Racial & Ethnic Inequalities in American Healthcare: Information & Implications. Creighton University Course for First-Year Medical Students. IDC 135. Ethics and Legal Topics in Clinical Medicine. September 2012.

PowerPoint Presentation for Racial & Ethnic Inequalities in American Healthcare

Healthcare Inequalities in the Elderly: Ethics and Quality Improvement. Grand Rounds. Dept of Medicine. University of Alabama-Birmingham. August 8, 2012.

PowerPoint Presentation for Healthcare Inequalities in the Elderly

Saving and Ignoring Lives: Physicians' Social Responsibilities Regarding Social Influences on Health. International Bioethics Retreat. Paris, France. June 23, 2010

Ethics, Trust, and Human Biological Material. Conference: The Use of Human Tissue and Public Trust: The Chasm between Science and Ethics Creighton University. September 19, 2011.

PowerPoint Presentation for Ethics, Trust, and Human Biological Material

Ethical Issues in Interpretation-Care, Solidarity, and Quality Improvement: Organizational Implications. Nebraska Association for Translators & Interpreters. Annual Meeting. August 4, 2011. Omaha, Nebraska.

Advancing community health through community-institutional partnering: Strategies. St. Patrick Hospital. Missoula, Montana. May 13, 2011.

Health Disparities, Ethics, and the Elderly: Theory to Practice. University of Alabama. Presented to Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Steering Committee. Tuscaloosa, AL. April 30, 2010.

PowerPoint Presentation for Health Disparities, Ethics, and the Elderly

Surgery and "Hospital Equity Reports: Getting Ahead of the Curve in Assessing and Ensuring Excellent Healthcare Regardless of Race and Ethnicity." Surgery Grand Rounds. Creighton University Medical Cennter. Oct 26, 2009.

PowerPoint Presentation for Surgery and "Hospital Equity Reports