Roberto Dell’Oro, professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, has been named the Austin and Ann O’Malley Chair in Bioethics at LMU.
Dell’Oro has most recently served as graduate director of the university’s bioethics master’s program and also has served as director of the Bioethics Institute since 2013, a role he will continue. The O’Malley Chair was established to provide intellectual leadership, develop academic programming, and foster interdisciplinary collaboration related to interdisciplinary perspectives in bioethics, including distinctive perspectives in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, said Robbin Crabtree, dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at LMU.
“Roberto is the best person to animate LMU’s distinctive Ignatian heritage and educational mission, and support our commitments to student-centered holistic formation, diversity and inclusion, and justice-oriented community engagement,” Crabtree said. “He has earned the honor of holding the O’Malley Chair, based on his record of extraordinary scholarly accomplishments as well as sustained and consequential service and leadership.”
Since joining LMU in 2003, Dell’Oro has held prominent clinical and research appointments in national and international institutions. He is an affiliate scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and since 2015 has been a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, where he chairs the working group on global bioethics.
A prominent scholar, Dell’Oro is also the author or co-author of four books and translator of two more. He has published over fifty scholarly articles and book chapters in five different languages and has given over a hundred academic presentations in the US and abroad. His current projects include a book on bioethics (Heterodox Bioethics: Love of life in Search of Ultimacy) and a collection of essays (tentatively titled At the Boundary: Bioethics between Philosophy and Theology).