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Peter Koch, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Peter Koch, PhD Peter Koch, PhD

Assistant Professor of Philosophy | Villanova University


Peter Koch, Ph.D., is an expert in philosophical issues of biomedical and clinical ethics related to patient well-being, harm and disease.

Areas of Expertise (7)


Brain Death


Philosophy of Disability

Philosophy of Disease

Physician Assisted Suicide



Peter Koch is an assistant professor of philosophy at Villanova University. He received his Doctorate in Philosophy from SUNY Buffalo and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, focused in biomedical ethics, philosophy of law, and philosophy of medicine. Peter is an experienced Clinical Ethics consultant with a demonstrated history of working in high volume critical care and nursing care settings. His publication topics include patient welfare, the metaphysics of brain death, and a range of issues within biomedical and clinical ethics. Peter frequently presents research to clinical and academic audiences both nationally and internationally.

Education (2)

Loyola University of Maryland: B.S.

State University of New York at Buffalo: Ph.D.

Select Accomplishments (2)

SUNY Buffalo Department of Philosophy Outstanding Teacher Award


SUNY Buffalo Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award


Affiliations (5)

  • Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
  • Weill Cornell Medical Center Clinical Ethics Service
  • The Academy for Professionalism in Health Care
  • Romanell Center for Bioethics and Humanities: Buffalo NY. Associate Fellow
  • The American Catholic Philosophical Association

Select Academic Articles (4)

We don’t need unilateral DNRs: taking informed non-dissent one step further

Journal of Medical Ethics

Real de Asua D, Lee K, Koch P, de Melo-Martin I.


Moral Courage in the ICU

Journal of Hospital Ethics

Craenen, G. and Koch, P.


Building a Vibrant Clinical Ethics Consultation Service

The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Bruce C, Lapointe J, Koch P, Lee K, Fedson S.


What’s in a Name? How “Deep Brain Stimulation” May Influence Patients’ Perceptions

American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience

Koch, P.


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