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Professor Roberto Dell'Oro Appointed as Austin and Ann O’Malley Chair in Bioethics

Distinguished Professor Roberto Dell’Oro of LMU’s Bioethics Institute begins his appointment as the Ann and Austin O’Malley Chair in Bioethics this semester, Fall 2021.


          To realize the vision of the gifts and animate the mission of

LMU’s Bioethics Institute, the O’Malley Chair provides intellectual

leadership, develops academic programming, and fosters interdisciplinary, cross-College, and cross-institutional conversations and collaboration. The O’Malley Chair also endeavors to animate LMU’s distinctive Ignatian heritage and educational mission, and our commitments to student-centered holistic formation, diversity and inclusion, and justice-oriented community engagement.

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           The O’Malley Chair in Bioethics symbolizes LMU’s commitment to scholarly excellence in the evolving field of bioethics, engaging a distinctly Catholic lens in dialogue with interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. It was created by an endowment gift in 1998 from L.A. Dodgers’ former owner Peter O’Malley, his wife Annette, and Roland and Terry (O’Malley) Seidler.

         The LMU Bioethics Institute's faculty and student body look forward to the ways in which this opportunity will benefit the program and the community as a whole. We applaud Dr. Dell'Oro and cannot wait to see where this journey leads.  

          During his term, Dell’Oro will focus on research and writing, and he will continue teaching in Theological Studies as well as in LMU’s interdisciplinary master’s and undergraduate minor programs in bioethics. As Director of the Bioethics Institute, he will continue to provide visionary leadership, imagine programming in collaboration with other units in BCLA and at LMU, and work with internal and external advisory groups associated with the Bioethics Institute.

          Dr. Ana Iltis, a previous O'Malley lecturer and President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, says: "Naming Prof. Dell’Oro as the O’Malley Chair in Bioethics is an exciting step for the LMU Bioethics Institute. Prof. Dell’Oro has been part of building bioethics at LMU, as the excellent faculty, staff, and students demonstrate. This new opportunity will allow for even more engagement with bioethics that will extend beyond the LMU community. Congratulations to Prof. Dell’Oro and the Bioethics Institute."

          Dr. Mary Jo Iozzio, the last Visiting Chair states: "Dr. Dell'Oro is to be congratulated on being installed as the permanent Austin and Ann O'Malley Chair in Bioethics. Dell'Oro has much to offer the Loyola Marymount University and the community of bioethics locally, nationally, and globally. His breadth of understanding and comprehensive appreciation for the specifically Catholic approach to questions of human thriving have advanced the practice of a bioethics of care."

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