Joy Skeel, 1976 M.Div.

2005Distinction in Community Service

Joy Skeel is a widely recognized expert in the field of clinical health care ethics who is a sought-after speaker and consultant at the national and international levels. She is currently professor of medical humanities and ethics in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Medical University of Ohio in Toledo, OH (MUOT) and director of MUOT's Ethics Consultation Service. She was educated at the University of Cincinnati, Yale Divinity School, and the University of Michigan.

Skeel was among the first women working in the field of clinical health care ethics and initiated the Program in Ethics and Medicine at the Medical College of Ohio in 1977. She has also been a pioneer in teaching about the importance of religion, culture and spirituality in medical care. She received the annual award from the Society for Health and Human Values in 1992, for her teaching and service in the field of medical humanities.

Primarily, Skeel teaches third- and fourth-year medical students during their clinical education, along with students in the Colleges of Allied Heath and Nursing. She provides numerous consultations, helping to resolve ethical problems faced by patient families, physicians and staff at MUOT.

Skeel has been a member of national and international task forces for the Presbyterian Church and the United Church of Christ that have examined ethical issues in health care as well as the relationship of science, technology, and religion. She was involved in development of Connecticut Hospice (first in the U.S. ) and was one of the founders of Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She is the ethics consultant to the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan.

Skeel has two daughters and two grandsons.