Warren T. Reich’s Biography

Warren T. Reich 
Project for the History of Care

Warren T. Reich, founder and director of the Project for the History of Care, is Distinguished Research Professor of Religion and Ethics in the Georgetown University Theology Department and Professor Emeritus of Bioethics in the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

As a founding member of the University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, he created the award-winning Encyclopedia of Bioethics between 1971 and 1978, and a fully revised five-volume edition between 1990 and 1995 – an interdisciplinary work that played a major role in establishing the field of bioethics and that continues to shape and support the field. He established and for 20 years directed the Bioethics and Medical Humanities program in the Georgetown University Medical Center, between 1977 and 1997.

In recent years, Dr. Reich has been visiting professor, senior fellow, or senior lecturer at the Universities of Bonn (Center for European Integration Studies), Tuebingen (von Humboldt Professor, Faculties of Theology and Medicine), New South Wales (Center for Research in the Humanities), Melbourne (Graduate Program in Law, Ethics, and Medicine of the Law School), Vienna (Institute for Ethics and Rights in Medicine, Medical Faculty), Leuven (Philosophy Faculty and Program in Medical Ethics), Messina (Philosophy Faculty), the Australian Catholic University (Plunkett Centre for Ethics in Health Care), and the University of Pennsylvania (Philosophy Department). He has also been a Fellow of the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Dr. Reich travels widely for speaking engagements in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Asia.

From 1962 to 1971 Professor Reich taught moral theology, principally at the Catholic University of America; he was also a founding professor of the Washington Theological Union.

Pursuing graduate studies in Catholic Moral Theology under the direction of Josef Fuchs, Professor Reich earned the Doctor of Sacred Theology degree (S.T.D.) at the Gregorian University in Rome and did post-doctoral studies under Alfons Auer at the University of Würzburg in Germany under scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service.

Professor Reich has been working on the history of care for about fourteen years and has published extensively on the topic.