Mary Faith Marshall is a bioethicist (and former critical care nurse) who is jointly appointed in the faculty of the School of Nursing (20%) and the School of Medicine (80%). She is the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Program in Bioethics at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities in the Medical School. She directs the Clinical Ethics Consult Service in the Medical Center, and supervises students and faculty in academic bioethics pursuits.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow: Hedwig van Ameringen, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, Program for Women (ELAM), Drexel University (2003-2004)
  • President’s Service Award, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (2000)
  • Trailblazer Award, Charleston Chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Charleston, SC (2000)
  • Fellow , Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (1995)
  • Fellow in Critical Care Medicine (elected), American College of Critical Care Medicine (1994)
  • Paddock Graduate Fellow in Biomedical Ethics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (1989)
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Kappa Chapter (1983)

Research Focus

Reproductive Ethics, Research Ethics, Clinical Ethics, and Policy Approaches to Perinatal Substance Abuse.

Clinical Focus

Clinical Ethics Consultation and Moral Distress Consultation.

Teaching Focus

Clinical Ethics, Reproductive Ethics, Ethical Issues in Pandemic Planning, Research Ethics across multiple disciplines including advanced practice nursing, medicine, GME, graduate students and bioethics interns.


  • Prevention-Africa DSMB, Division of Aids, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (2013)
  • Member, Expert Panel for the Stem Cell Network (Mid-Term Review Component, Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Secretariat, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with Industry Canada and Health Canada, Ottawa, (Ontario) Canada (2011)
  • Chairman, NIH Grant Review Panel, RFA-OD-10-006 , Program to Enhance NIH-supported Global Health Research Involving Human Subjects, Washington, DC (2010)
  • Advisory Board, DNA as Unique Identifier: Privacy, Trust and the Future of Personalized Medicine, The Greenwall Foundation, Program in Professionalism and Bioethics, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (2009-2010)
  • Committee on Ethics, American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, Washington, DC. (2006 - Present)
  • Special Emphasis Panel, Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health, National Library of Medicine/NIH, Bethesda, MD (2006, 2007, 2010)
  • International Data and Safety Monitoring Board, DSMB for Africa , Division of AIDS, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (2005-2012)
  • Consultant, Bioethics Review Committee, (Human Subjects Research, Eurasia), US Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Arlington, VA (2005-2011)


Journal Articles

Epstein, E.G., Marshall, M.F. O’Connor, C., & Ortiz, M.M. (2023). Moral community and teamwork in the ICU. Critical Connections, Spring 2023, 32-33.

Epstein, E. G., Hurst, A. R., Bourne, D. & Marshall, M. F. (2023). Measure for measure: Condemning the actor and not the fault. The American Journal of Bioethics, 23(4), 66-68.

Lyerly, A. D., Verite, A., & Marshall, M. F. (2022). Restrictions on abortion, social justice and the ethics of research in maternal-fetal therapy trials. American Journal of Bioethics, 22(3), 78-81.

Shepherd, L., Pike, C. W., Persily, J. F., & Marshall, M. F. (2022). The case of Hannah Copes: How much does consciousness matter? Neuroethics, 15, 14.

Epstein, E., Shah, R., & Marshall, M. F. (2021). Effect of a moral distress consultation service on moral distress, empowerment, and a healthy work environment. Healthcare Ethics Committee Forum, 4(3), 1-15.

Chen, D. T., Shepherd, L., Taylor, J., & Marshall, M. F. (2021). Who will receive the last ventilator? Why COVID-19 policies should not prioritise healthcare workers. Journal of Medical Ethics, 47, 599-602.

DeBruin, D., & Marshall, M. F. (2021). Coercive interventions in pregnancy: Law and ethics. Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, 23(2), 101-116.

Epstein, E. G., Haizlip, J., Liaschenko, J., Zhao, D., Bennett, R., & Marshall, M. F. (2020). Moral distress, mattering, and secondary traumatic stress in provider burnout: A call for moral community. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 31(2), 146-157.

Chen, D., Epstein, E., Almarode, S., Winter, J., & Marshall, M. F. (2018). What the “F”? American Journal of Bioethics, 18(1), 16-19.

Epstein, E. G., Hurst, A. R., Mahanes, D., Marshall, M. F., & Hamric, A. B. (2016). Is broader better? American Journal of Bioethics, 16(12), 15-17.

Marshall, M.F. & Epstein, E.G. (2016). Moral hazard and moral distress: A marriage made in purgatory. [Open peer commentary]. American Journal of Bioethics, 16(7), 46-48.

Hurst, A., Mahanes, D., & Marshall, M.F. (2014). Dax's Case Redux: When Comes the End of the Day? Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. The John Hopkins University Press, (4)2, pp. 171-177.

Hurst, A. R., Mahanes, D., & Marshall, M .F. (2014). Dax's case redux: When comes the end of the day? Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, 4(2), 171-177.

Minkoff, H., Marshall, M. F., & Liaschenko, J. (2014). The fetus, the “potential child” and the ethical obligations of obstetricians. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 123(5), 1100-1103.

Marshall, M. F. (2014). An invited book review [Review of the book Five Days at Memorial, by Sherri Fink]. Journal of Nursing Regulation, (7), 55-56.

Marshall, M. F. (2014). Improving guardianship processes for unrepresented adult patients who lack decisional capacity: An ethical and institutional imperative [Editorial]. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 40(9), 387-388.

Committee on Ethics of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2013). Ethical issues in pandemic influenza planning concerning pregnant women (Committee Opinion No. 563). Obstetrics and Gynecology, 121(5), 1138-43.

Mickelsen, R., Bernstein, D., Marshall, M. F., Miles, S. H. (2013). The Barnes case: Taking difficult futility cases public. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 41(1), 374-378.

DeBruin, D., Liaschenko, J., & Marshall, M. F. (2012). Social justice in pandemic preparedness. American Journal of Public Health, 102(4), 586-591.

Liaschenko, J., DeBruin, D., & Marshall, M. F. (2011). The two-patient framework for research during pregnancy: A critique and a better way forward. American Journal of Bioethics, 11(5), 66.

Committee on Ethics of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Marshall, M. F. (Primary Author). (2010). Forming a just health care system (Committee Opinion No. 456). Obstetrics and Gynecology, 115, 672-7.

DeBruin, D., Liaschenko, J., & Marshall, M.F. (2010). Risky business. Hastings Cent Rep, 40(4), 5-6.


Marshall, M.F. (Consultant and Co-Author). (2010). Module 2: Applying Ethical FrameworksDuring a Severe Influenza Pandemic [Online Module]. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Center for Public Health Preparedness. //

Marshall, M.F. (Consultant and Co-Author). (2010). Module 1: Introduction to Ethical Frameworksfor Public Health Emergencies and Disasters [Online Module]. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Center for Public Health Preparedness. //

Vawter, D.E., Garrett, J.E., Gervais, K.G., Angela Witt Prehn, DeBruin , D.A., Tauer, C.A., Parilla, E., Liaschenko, J., & Marshall, M.F. (2010). For the Good of Us All: Ethically Rationing Health Resources in Minnesota in a Severe Influenza Pandemic. University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics and Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics.

DeBruin, D.A., Marshall, M.F., Parilla, E., Liaschenko, J., Leider, J.P., Brunnquell, D., Garrett, J.E., & Vawter, D.E. (2010). Implementing Ethical Frameworks for Rationing Scarce Health Resources in Minnesota during Severe Influenza Pandemic. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics and Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics. //

Book Sections

Taylor, J. A., Shepherd, L., & Marshall, M. F. (2021). Reproductive controversies: Fertility preservation. In N. Nortjé and J. Bester (Eds.), Pediatric Ethics: Theory and Practice (pp. 387-401). Springer Verlag

Marshall, M. F. & Liaschenko, J. (2012). Implementing policy to the wider community. In D. M. Hester & T. Schonfeld (Eds.), Guidance for healthcare ethics committees (pp. 139-146). Cambridge University Press.

Marshall, M. F. (2007). The American Society for Bioethics and Moral Tolerance. In F. Cohn & L. Eckenwiler (Eds.), The ethics of bioethics: Mapping the moral landscape (pp. 134-143). Johns Hopkins University Press

Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds

Marshall, M. F. (2022, ). The limits of our social lens on abortion laws (I’ll take my sunglasses off). Bioethics Today.

Marshall, M. F., Chen, D. T., Shepherd, L., & Taylor, J. (2021, August 5). The ethical pitfalls of prioritizing healthcare workers for ventilators during COVID 19. British Medical Journal.

Marshall, M.F., Epstein, E.G., Bourne, D., Mahanes, S.D. (2020, Summer). Ethics and moral distress consultation shape an institutional approach. SCCM Critical Connections. .

Bourque, J.M., Hurst, A.R., & Marshall, M.F. (2013, October 6). Letter to the editor: Mortality reporting and pay-for-performance programs [Editorial]. Journal of the American Medical Association. 404-405.

Bourque, J. M., Hurst, A.R., Marshall, M. F. (2013, October 2). Mortality reporting and pay-for-performance programs [Letter to the editor]. Journal of the American Medical Association. a404-1405.