Larry R. Churchill, Ph.D.

Faculty Appointments
Professor of Medicine Ann Geddes Stahlman Chair in Medical Ethics
Ph.D., Religions and Culture, Duke University, Durham, North CarolinaM.Div., DIVINITY, Duke University, Durham, North CarolinaB.A., Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee
Office Address
2525 West End Ave., Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37203
Nashville, TN
Boursoulian LJ, Schenck CH, Mahowald MW, Lagrange AH. Differentiating parasomnias from nocturnal seizures. J Clin Sleep Med. 2012 Feb 2/15/2012; 8(1): 108-12. PMID: 22334817, PMCID: PMC3266329, DOI: 10.5664/jcsm.1676, ISSN: 1550-9397.

Churchill LR. Rationing, rightness, and distinctively human goods. Am J Bioeth. 2011 Jul; 11(7): 15-6. PMID: 21745073, DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2011.577517, ISSN: 1536-0075.

Schenck, David and Churchill L.R.. Oxford University Press. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 2011.

Churchill LR. Religion, spirituality, and genetics: mapping the terrain for research purposes. Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2009 Feb 2/15/2009; 151C(1): 6-12. PMID: 19170080, DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.c.30195, ISSN: 1552-4876.

Churchill LR, Schenck D. Healing skills for medical practice. Ann. Intern. Med. 2008 Nov 11/18/2008; 149(10): 720-4. PMID: 19017590, PII: 149/10/720, ISSN: 1539-3704.

Obremskey WT, Marotta JS, Yaszemski MJ, Churchill LR, Boden SD, Dirschl DR. Symposium. The introduction of biologics in orthopaedics: issues of cost, commercialism, and ethics. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007 Jul; 89(7): 1641-9. PMID: 17606804, PII: 89/7/1641, DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.F.01185, ISSN: 0021-9355.

Altom LK, Churchill LR. Pay, pride, and public purpose: why America's doctors should support universal healthcare. MedGenMed. 2007; 9(1): 40. PMID: 17435645, PMCID: PMC1925024, PII: 551708, ISSN: 1531-0132.

Churchill LR. The hegemony of money: commercialism and professionalism in American medicine. Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2007; 16(4): 407-14; discussion 439. PMID: 18018920, ISSN: 0963-1801.

Easter MM, Henderson GE, Davis AM, Churchill LR, King NM. The many meanings of care in clinical research. Sociol Health Illn. 2006 Sep; 28(6): 695-712. PMID: 17184413, PII: SHIL537, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2006.00537.x, ISSN: 0141-9889.

Henderson GE, Easter MM, Zimmer C, King NM, Davis AM, Rothschild BB, Churchill LR, Wilfond BS, Nelson DK. Therapeutic misconception in early phase gene transfer trials. Soc Sci Med [print-electronic]. 2006 Jan; 62(1): 239-53. PMID: 16000230, PII: S0277-9536(05)00256-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.05.022, ISSN: 0277-9536.

Perry JE, Churchill LR, Kirshner HS. The Terri Schiavo case: legal, ethical, and medical perspectives. Ann. Intern. Med. 2005 Nov 11/15/2005; 143(10): 744-8. PMID: 16287796, PII: 143/10/744, ISSN: 1539-3704.

Rothschild BB, Estroff SE, Churchill LR. The cultural calculus of consent. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Sep; 48(3): 574-94. PMID: 16012226, PII: 00003081-200509000-00011, ISSN: 0009-9201.

Churchill, L.R. and Bliton, M.J. (eds.) “Parental Voices in Maternal-Fetal Therapy. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 2005 Sep. (Vol. 48).

Churchill LR. Age-rationing in health care: flawed policy, personal virtue. Health Care Anal. 2005 Jun; 13(2): 137-46. PMID: 16013527, DOI: 10.1007/s10728-005-4477-9, ISSN: 1065-3058.

Churchill LR, Schenck D. One cheer for bioethics: engaging the moral experiences of patients and practitioners beyond the big decisions. Camb Q Healthc Ethics. 2005; 14(4): 389-403. PMID: 16250493, ISSN: 0963-1801.

King NM, Henderson GE, Churchill LR, Davis AM, Hull SC, Nelson DK, Parham-Vetter PC, Rothschild BB, Easter MM, Wilfond BS. Consent forms and the therapeutic misconception: the example of gene transfer research. IRB. 2005 Jan; 27(1): 1-8. PMID: 15835063, ISSN: 0193-7758.

Danis, Marion, Clancy, Carolyn and Churchill, Larry R. (eds.). (Oxford University Press, 2002). [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 2005.

King, N.M.P., Strauss, R., Henderson, G., Estroff, S., Oberlander, J. and Churchill, L.R. (eds.). Duke University Press. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 2005.

Henderson, G., Estroff, S., King, N.M.P., Strauss, R., Oberlander, J. and Churchill, L.R. (eds.). Duke University Press. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 2005. (Vol. II).

Oberlander, J., Churchill, L.R., Henderson, G., King, N.M.P., Estroff, S., and Strauss, R. (eds.). Duke University Press. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 2005.

Henderson GE, Davis AM, King NM, Easter MM, Zimmer CR, Rothschild BB, Wilfond BS, Nelson DK, Churchill LR. Uncertain benefit: investigators' views and communications in early phase gene transfer trials. Mol. Ther. 2004 Aug; 10(2): 225-31. PMID: 15294169, PII: S1525001604001819, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymthe.2004.05.013, ISSN: 1525-0016.

Berkman ND, Wynia MK, Churchill LR. Gaps, conflicts, and consensus in the ethics statements of professional associations, medical groups, and health plans. J Med Ethics. 2004 Aug; 30(4): 395-401. PMID: 15289536, PMCID: PMC1733885, ISSN: 0306-6800.

Churchill LR, Nelson DK, Henderson GE, King NM, Davis AM, Leahey E, Wilfond BS. Assessing benefits in clinical research: why diversity in benefit assessment can be risky. IRB. 2003 May; 25(3): 1-8. PMID: 14569987, ISSN: 0193-7758.

Churchill LR. Universal health care for children: why every self-interested person should support it. J Med Philos. 2001 Apr; 26(2): 179-91. PMID: 11376427, DOI: 10.1076/jmep., ISSN: 0360-5310.

King NM, Churchill LR. Is informed consent always necessary for randomized, controlled trials? [letter]. N. Engl. J. Med. 1999 Aug 8/5/1999; 341(6): 449-50; author reply 450. PMID: 10438265, ISSN: 0028-4793.

Churchill LR. Looking to Hume for justice: on the utility of Hume's view of justice for American health care reform. J Med Philos. 1999 Aug; 24(4): 352-64. PMID: 10517298, DOI: 10.1076/jmep.24.4.352.5980, ISSN: 0360-5310.

Churchill LR. Are we professionals? A critical look at the social role of bioethicists. Daedalus. 1999; 128(4): 253-74. PMID: 11645877, ISSN: 0011-5266.

Churchill LR. The United States health care system under managed care. How the commodification of health care distorts ethics and threatens equity. Health Care Anal. 1999; 7(4): 393-411. PMID: 10787800, DOI: 10.1023/A:1009473424309, ISSN: 1065-3058.

Churchill LR. Mapping the ethical terrain of managed care. NCCE News. 1998; 6(1): 1-2, 10. PMID: 11656843.

Churchill LR, Collins ML, King NM, Pemberton SG, Wailoo KA. Genetic research as therapy: implications of "gene therapy" for informed consent. J Law Med Ethics. 1998; 26(1): 38-47, 3. PMID: 11067584, ISSN: 1073-1105.

Churchill LR. To die or not to die [letter]. Hastings Cent Rep. 1997 Nov; 27(6): 4; author reply 6-7. PMID: 9474481, ISSN: 0093-0334.

Churchill LR, King NM. Physician assisted suicide, euthanasia, or withdrawal of treatment [editorial]. BMJ. 1997 Jul 7/19/1997; 315(7101): 137-8. PMID: 9251535, PMCID: PMC2127128, ISSN: 0959-8138.

Churchill LR. "Damaged humanity": the call for a patient-centered medical ethic in the managed care era. Theor Med. 1997 Mar; 18(1-2): 113-26. PMID: 9129396, ISSN: 0167-9902.

Churchill LR. Market meditopia. A glimpse at American health care in 2005. Hastings Cent Rep. 1997 Jan; 27(1): 5-6. PMID: 9017408, ISSN: 0093-0334.

Henderson, G., King, N., Strauss, R., Estroff, S., and Churchill, L.R., (eds.). Duke University Press. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 1997.

Danis M, Mutran E, Garrett JM, Stearns SC, Slifkin RT, Hanson L, Williams JF, Churchill LR. A prospective study of the impact of patient preferences on life-sustaining treatment and hospital cost. Crit. Care Med. 1996 Nov; 24(11): 1811-7. PMID: 8917030, ISSN: 0090-3493.

Churchill LR. Whose good? Rethinking beneficence in the era of managed care. Clin Ethics Rep. 1996 Mar; 10(1): 1-8. PMID: 11660221.

Churchill LR. The ethical issues of futility from a community perspective. N C Med J. 1995 Sep; 56(9): 424-6. PMID: 7477469, ISSN: 0029-2559.

Churchill LR. Physician-assisted suicide. J R Soc Med. 1994; 87 Suppl 22: 44-5. PMID: 8064761, PMCID: PMC1294205, ISSN: 0141-0768.

“Thanatology: Its End and Future,” in A Challenge for Living: Death, Dying, and Bereavement, edited by Inge B. Corless, Barbara B. Germino and Mary A. Pittman. Jones and Bartlett. 1994; 367-76.

Churchill, L.R. “When Patients or Families Demand Too Much,” in Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for Health Professionals, edited by David Thomasma and John Monagle. Aspen Publishers. 1994; 249-54.

Churchill, L.R. “Thanatology: Its End and Future,” in A Challenge for Living: Death, Dying, and Bereavement, edited by Inge B. Corless, Barbara B. Germino and Mary A. Pittman. Jones and Bartlett. 1994; 367-76.

Churchill, L.R. “When Patients or Families Demand Too Much,” in Health Care Ethics: Critical Issues for Health Professionals, edited by David Thomasma and John Monagle. Aspen Publishers. 1994; 249-54.

Churchill, Sandra W. and Churchill, L.R. “Reason, Narrative and Rhetoric: A Theoretical Collage for the Clinical Encounter,” in Theological Analyses of the Clinical Encounter, edited by G. McKenny and J. Sande. Reidel Publishing Company. 1994; 171-84.

Churchill, L.R. “Rejecting Principlism, Affirming Principles,” A Matter of Principles?, edited by Edwin R. DuBose, Ron Hamel, and Laurence J. O'Connell. Trinity Press. 1994; 325-35.

Churchill, L.R. Harvard University Press. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 1994.

Churchill LR. The medical ethics teaching program at UNC-Chapel Hill. N C Med J. 1993 Aug; 54(8): 405-7. PMID: 8377853, ISSN: 0029-2559.

Churchill LR, King NM. Medical ethics. Teaching and practice [editorial]. N C Med J. 1993 Aug; 54(8): 367. PMID: 8377846, ISSN: 0029-2559.

Churchill, L.R. “Primal Scenes,” in Falling in Love with Wisdom: American Philosophers Talk About Their Calling, edited by D.D. Karnos and R.G. Shoemaker. Oxford University Press. 1993; 94-7.

Danis, M. and Churchill, L.R. “Evolving Trends for Advance Directives,” in Emerging Issues in Biomedical Policy, edited by Robert Blank and Andrea Bonnicksen. Columbia University Press. 1993; 79-87.

Churchill, L.R. “Theories of Justice,” in Ethical Problems in Dialysis and Transplantation, edited by Carl Kjellstrand. Kluwer Academic Publisher. 1992; 21-34.

Churchill, L.R. “Ethics, Choice and Policy,”. Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. 1992; 68((2)): 265-70.

Sugarman J, Churchill LR, Moore JK, Waugh RA. Medical, ethical and legal issues regarding thrombolytic therapy in the Jehovah's Witness. Am. J. Cardiol. 1991 Dec 12/1/1991; 68(15): 1525-9. PMID: 1746438, PII: 0002-9149(91)90290-2, ISSN: 0002-9149.

Churchill LR. Why we need a theory of suffering, and lots of other theories as well: commentary. J Clin Ethics. 1991; 2(2): 95-7. PMID: 11642930, ISSN: 1046-7890.

Danis M, Churchill LR. Autonomy and the common weal. Hastings Cent Rep. 1991 Jan; 21(1): 25-31. PMID: 2004898, ISSN: 0093-0334.

Churchill, L.R. “Framing Oregons Medicaid Proposal,”. Health Matrix: The Journal of Law-Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. 1991; 1((2)): 227-33.

Churchill LR. AIDS and 'dirt': reflections on the ethics of ritual cleanliness. Theor Med. 1990 Sep; 11(3): 185-92. PMID: 2247854, ISSN: 0167-9902.

Churchill LR. Hermeneutics in science and medicine: a thesis understated. Theor Med. 1990 Jun; 11(2): 141-4. PMID: 2392784, ISSN: 0167-9902.

Churchill LR, Pinkus RL. The use of anencephalic organs: historical and ethical dimensions. Milbank Q. 1990; 68(2): 147-69. PMID: 2233629, ISSN: 0887-378X.

Churchill, L.R. “Getting from I to We,”edited by Paul Homer and Martha Holstein, Simon and Schuster. A Good Old Age?. 1990; 109-19.

Churchill LR. Private virtues, public detriment: allocating scarce medical resources to the elderly. Ethics. 1989 Oct; 100(1): 169-76. PMID: 11659151, ISSN: 0014-1704.

Churchill LR. Ethical issues in chronic, severe, catastrophic illnesses. South. Med. J. 1989 Jul; 82(7): 815-7. PMID: 2749346, ISSN: 0038-4348.

Churchill LR. Reviving a distinctive medical ethic. Hastings Cent Rep. 1989 May; 19(3): 28-34. PMID: 2656581, ISSN: 0093-0334.

Churchill LR. Trust, autonomy, and advance directives. J Relig Health. 1989; 28(3): 175-83. PMID: 11653124, ISSN: 0022-4197.

Churchill LR. Bone marrow transplantation, physician bias, and Down syndrome: ethical reflections [editorial]. J. Pediatr. 1989 Jan; 114(1): 87-8. PMID: 2521250, ISSN: 0022-3476.

Collins, Myra and Churchill, L.R.. The Case Against Directed Donations. Transfusion Science. 1989; Vol. 10: 139-45.

Churchill, L.R. “Do We Know Enough Morally to Make Abortion Laws?”. Midwest Medical Ethics. 1989; 1-4.

Churchill LR. Should we ration health care by age?. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1988 Jul; 36(7): 644-7. PMID: 3133404, ISSN: 0002-8614.

King, N.M.P., Churchill, L.R. and Cross, A.W.. D. Reidel Publishing Company. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 1988.

Churchill LR. Health care, social justice and the elderly. N C Med J. 1987 Nov; 48(11): 584-7. PMID: 3480428, ISSN: 0029-2559.

Churchill, L.R. Ethics and Economics In Search of a Common Language. The Hastings Center Report. 1987 Apr; Vol. 17((No. 2)): 39-41.

Cross, A. Churchill, L.R., Sharp, M. and King, N.. Ethical Issues in the Care of Children with Developmental Handicaps,” in Neurobiological Issues in Autism, edited by Eric Schopler and Gary Mesibov. Plenum Press. 1987; 63-79.

Churchill, L.R. University of Notre Dame Press. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 1987.

Cross AW, Churchill LR. Pediatric ethics committees: learning from our experience [editorial]. J. Pediatr. 1986 Feb; 108(2): 242-3. PMID: 3944709, ISSN: 0022-3476.

Churchill LR, Cross AW. Moralist, technician, sophist, teacher/learner: reflections on the ethicist in the clinical setting. Theor Med. 1986 Feb; 7(1): 3-12. PMID: 3704955, ISSN: 0167-9902.

Churchill LR, Simán JJ. Principles and the search for moral certainty. Soc Sci Med. 1986; 23(5): 461-8. PMID: 3764495, ISSN: 0277-9536.

Churchill, L.R., Smith, H. and Frey, J.. Chapter 20, Ethical Decisions” in Handbook for the Academic Physician, edited by William McGaghie and John Frey. Springer-Verlag. 1986; 339-57.

Smith, H., Churchill, L. R. and Frey, J.. Chapter 21, Teaching Ethics,” in Handbook for the Academic Physician, edited by William McGaghie and John Frey. Springer-Verlag. 1986; 357-72.

Frey, J., Churchill, L.R. and Smith, H.. Chapter 22, Case Studies in Ethics,” in Handbook for the Academic Physician. Springer-Verlag. 1986; 3-12.

Smith, H.L. and Churchill, L.R.. Duke University Press. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 1986.

Churchill, L.R., Smith, H. and Hauerwas, S.. Health Care of the Poor: Finite Care, Infinite Need. Health Progress. 1985 Dec; Vol. 66((No. 10)): 32-5.

Churchill LR. Which infants should live? On the usefulness and limitations of Robert Weir's Selective Nontreatment of Handicapped Newborns. Soc Sci Med. 1985; 20(11): 1097-102. PMID: 3161186, ISSN: 0277-9536.

Churchill, L.R.. The Ethics of Hospice Care,” Hospice: Development and Administration, edited by Glen W. Davidson. Hemisphere Publishing Company. 1985; ((2nd edition)): 163-79.

Churchill, L.R.. Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on the Value of the Retarded: Responses to William F. May and John C. Moskop,” in Ethics and Mental Retardation, edited by Loretta Kopelman and John C. Moskop. D. Reidel Publishing Company. 1984; 177-82.

Churchill LR. The place of the ideal observer in medical ethics. Soc Sci Med. 1983; 17(13): 897-901. PMID: 6612377, ISSN: 0277-9536.

Churchill LR, Simán JJ. Abortion and the rhetoric of individual rights. Hastings Cent Rep. 1982 Feb; 12(1): 9-12. PMID: 7068371, ISSN: 0093-0334.

Cross AW, Churchill LR. Ethical and cultural dimensions of informed consent. A case study and analysis. Ann. Intern. Med. 1982 Jan; 96(1): 110-3. PMID: 6976143, ISSN: 0003-4819.

Churchill, L.R. and Churchill, Sandra W.. Storytelling in Medical Arenas: The Art of Self-Determination. Literature and Medicine. 1982; Vol. 1: 73-9.

Churchill, L.R.. Why Literature and Medicine?. Literature and Medicine. 1982; Vol. 1: 34-5.

Churchill, L.R. The Teaching of Ethics and Moral Values in Teaching: Some Contemporary Confusions. Journal of Higher Education. 1982; Vol. 53((No. 3)): 296-306.

Churchill LR. Point of view: rights language must be examined carefully. Am Coll Physicians Obs. 1981 May; 1(5): 7-9. PMID: 10254023, ISSN: 0279-9529.

Churchill LR. Physician-investigator/patient-subject: exploring the logic and the tension. J Med Philos. 1980 Sep; 5(3): 215-24. PMID: 7205087, ISSN: 0360-5310.

Churchill LR. Bioethical reductionism and our sense of the human. Man Med. 1980; 5(4): 229-49. PMID: 7218864, ISSN: 0145-9783.

Churchill LR. Interpretations of dying: ethical implications for patient care. Ethics Sci Med. 1979; 6(4): 211-22. PMID: 520295, ISSN: 0306-4581.

Churchill, L.R. The Human Experience of Dying: The Moral Primacy of Stories Over Stages. Soundings. 1979; 24-37.

Churchill LR. The ethicist in professional education. Hastings Cent Rep. 1978 Dec; 8(6): 13-5. PMID: 721297, ISSN: 0093-0334.

Churchill, L.R.. The Amoral Character of Our Attitudes About Death: Some Implications. Journal of Religion and Health. 1978 Jul; Vol. 17((No. 3)): 167-76.

Churchill, L.R.. Some Factors Shaping Ethics: Alternatives in the Treatment of Defective Newborns. Patient Wishes and Physician Obligations. 1978; 146-58.

Churchill LR. Tacit components of medical ethics: making decisions in the clinic. J Med Ethics. 1977 Sep; 3(3): 129-32. PMID: 926131, PMCID: PMC1154579, ISSN: 0306-6800.

Churchill, L.R. Ethical Issues of a Profession in Transition. American Journal of Nursing. 1977 May; 873-5.

Churchill LR. The professionalization of ethics: some implications for accountability in medicine. Soundings. 1977; 60(1): 40-53. PMID: 11661726, ISSN: 0038-1861.

Churchill LR. Medical humanities. J Med Educ. 1975 Nov; 50(11): 1078. PMID: 1181464, ISSN: 0022-2577.

Churchill LR. Ethos and ethics in medical education. N C Med J. 1975 Jan; 36(1): 31-3. PMID: 1055295, ISSN: 0029-2559.

Churchill, L.R. Flew, Wisdom and Polanyi: The Falsification Challenge Revisited. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. 1972; 185-94.