Summer Johnson McGee, Ph.D., CPH


Ph.D., Bioethics and Health Policy
Berman Institute of Bioethics, Department of Health Policy and Management
The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Dissertation: "The Impact of Presidential Bioethics Commissions:  An Assessment of Outcomes in Public Bioethics."
  • Marcia G. Pines Award in Bioethics and Health Policy
  • Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship (Full Fellowship 2003-2006)
  • J. William Fulbright Scholarship (Awarded)

B.A., Philosophy Summa Cum Laude & B.A., Bioethics Summa Cum Laude
Indiana University

  • Honors thesis: "Deliberating well: a study of public discourse about medical ethics"
  • Lilly Endowment (Full Fellowship 1999-2003)
  • Chancellor’s Scholar (2001)
  • Phi Beta Kappa , Dean’s List (all semesters)
  • Golden Key
  • Phi Eta Sigma & Departmental Honors in Philosophy
  • Herman B. Wells Most Outstanding Senior Award (2003)
  • Richard D. Young Award for Development of a New Major (2003)
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2000)
  • Indiana University Valedictorian Scholarship (1999)

Undergraduate Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Worcester College of Oxford University

About Summer

Summer Johnson McGee is a national expert in health policy, healthcare management, bioethics, and the ethical issues surrounding chronic pain treatment and management. She has published extensively on public participation in bioethics and public policy; public health ethics; research ethics; and the ethics of chronic pain, authoring more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications, encyclopedia entries, book chapters, and commentaries.

Her work helps define for primary care providers and others what an ethical approach to pain management looks like. Dr. McGee’s research has found that, despite additional exploration into non-opioid treatment options, what has not improved has been access to care and reimbursement or insurance coverage for pain treatments such as acupuncture, meditation, or other strategies proven effective in treating chronic pain.

In 2016, she was the co-author of a "controlled-substance agreement" that was published in an article in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.

Dr. McGee, who has been cited as one of the top 50 healthcare management professors in the U.S., was named the dean of the University’s School of Health Sciences in 2018. She also directs the University’s M.S. program in healthcare administration. She collaborated with Milford Hospital to establish a learning laboratory partnership between the hospital and University graduate students in healthcare administration.

She has received a University Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of New Haven and an American College of Healthcare Executives Regents Award for Distinguished Faculty for her commitment to quality healthcare management education.

Prior to joining the University of New Haven, she developed new graduate programs in bioethics at both Albany Medical College’s Alden March Bioethics Institute and at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-affiliated Center for Practical Bioethics.

A former executive editor and co-editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Bioethics, the most cited journal in the field, she wrote "Ethical Dilemmas Relating to the Management of a Newborn with Down Syndrome and Severe Congenital Heart Disease in a Resource-Poor Setting," published in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics.

Her interest in bioethics began as an undergraduate at Indiana University, where she helped design the bioethics major and graduated summa cum laude. A former recipient of both a Fulbright and a Javits fellowship, Dr. McGee received her Ph.D. in bioethics and health policy from the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health by the time she was 25. In 2018, she received her certificate in management development from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

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Professional Honors

2014- American College of Health Care Executives Regent’s Award for Distinguished Faculty

2007- Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Alpha Chapter

Advisory Boards

2008-2010: Lifeboat Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and Ethics Advisory Board

2008- NanoBio 2008 Advisory Board, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2008- NY Institutional Stem Cell Review Committee ("ISCR"), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Professional Memberships

2015- Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)

2015- Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS)

2013- American Public Health Association (APHA)

2011- Kansas Public Health Association

2003- American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities (ASBH)

2003- Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)

Research Appointments

2006- Progressive Bioethics Initiative, Center for American Progress, Washington D.C.

2003 – 2006: Graduate Research Assistant, Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

2003: Research Assistant, Indiana University Center for Bioethics,  Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN

2000 - 2003: Research Assistant, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics & American Institutions, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2001- Research Intern, James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

2000- Policy Intern, Genetics & Policy Alliance, Washington D.C.

Grants and Contracts

2015: Johnson McGee, S. "Milford Hospital – University of New Haven Strategic Partnership." Contract of $20,000 for AY 2015-2016. Funded.

2014: Johnson McGee, S (PI) and William Carbone and Merlinda Ndreka (co-PIs). "Healthy Re-entry Plus." May 21, 2014. Funds Requested: $125,000. Not Funded.

2013: Johnson McGee, S (PI) and Carolyn Hinton (co-PI). "Hurricane Emergency, Evacuation and Ethics (HE3) Grant." November 21, 2013. Funds Requested: $83,386. Not Funded.

2010: Barohn, R and Aaronson, L. "HICTR CTSA Application." National Institutes of Health (Johnson McGee S.,Ethics Section Contributor).

2010-2011: Johnson McGee, S. Contract with Center for Practical Bioethics for CCE Program. 50% FTE per year. Funds Requested: $65,000 per year.  Funded. 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2015: Edwin, A, Edwin, F and Johnson McGee, S .  "Ethical Dilemmas Relating To The Management Of A Newborn With Down Syndrome And Severe Congenital Heart Disease In A Resource-Poor Setting." Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. 5(3): 277-286.

2015: Johnson McGee, S and Silverman, RD. "Treatment Agreements, Informed Consent, and the Role of State Medical Boards in Opioid Prescribing." Pain Medicine. 2015, January. 16(1): 25-29.

2014: Edwin, A, Johnson McGee, S, Opare-Lokko, E, and Gyakobo MK. "A structured approach to end-of-life decision making improves quality of care for patients with terminal illness in a teaching hospital in Ghana." American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. November 2 2014.

2014: Brown, Nancy C and Johnson McGee S. "Conceptualizing Boundaries for the Professionalization of Healthcare Ethics Practice:  A Call for Empirical Research." HEC Forum. 26(2). Dec 2014, 325-41.

2014: Hebron, Allison and Johnson McGee S. "Precedent Autonomy Should Be Respected in Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions." Journal of Medical Ethics. Oct 2014, 714-16.  

2011: Goldberg, D and Johnson McGee S. "Pain as a Global Public Health Priority." BMC Public Health. September 2011. 11:770.

2011: Johnson McGee S, Kaylor BD, Emmott H, and Christopher M. "Defining Chronic Pain Ethics." Pain Medicine.Sep;12(9):1376-84.

2011: Johnson McGee S. "The Ideology and Politicization in Public Bioethics." Cambridge Quarterly of  Healthcare Ethics. January. January 2011. Vol. 20, Issue 1: 1-20.

2008: Taylor H and Johnson S. "The Ethics of Population-Based Research." Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. Summer. 35(2): 295-299.

2007: Johnson S. "Nanomedicine: Is It Hype, Will It Harm, or Will It Heal?"  Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine. December.  3(4): 354. 

2007: Johnson S. "Making Public Bioethics Public: The Legitimacy and Authority of Commissions." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. October, 17(2): 143-152.

2007: Bawa R, and Johnson S. "The Ethical Dimensions of Nanomedicine."  Medical Clinics of North America. 91(5): 881-888. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Press.

2007: Engelman, M; and Johnson S.  "Population Aging and International Development." Developing World Bioethics. April 7(1): 8-18. 

2007: Johnson S, and McGee, G"Nanotechnologies in Health Care: A Needs Assessment Regarding Ethics and Policy in Nanomedicine." Harvard Health Policy Review. 8(10): 46-54.

2006: Johnson S. "Multiple Roles and Successes in Public Bioethics: A Response to the Public Forum Critique of National Bioethics Commissions." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.  16(2): 173-188

2006: Johnson S. "Ethics in Nanomedicine: A Needs-Assessment and Proposals for the Future." Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine. December.  2(4): 284-285.

2006: Johnson S; and Burger I. "Limitations and Justifications for Analogical Reasoning." American Journal of Bioethics. 6(6): 59.

2005: Johnson S; Kass NE; Natowicz M. "Disclosure of Personal Medical Information: Differences among Parents and Affected Adults for Genetic and Non-genetic Conditions." Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers.  9(3): 269-280.

Peer Reviewed Encyclopedia and Book Chapters

2014:  Johnson McGee S  and Goodwin, J .  "The History of Bioethics Commissions."  Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th ed. Bruce Jennings, Editor.  MacMillan Publishers. May 2014.

2012: Johnson McGee S.  "Nanotechnology." Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Chapter 44. Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

2009: Taylor H, Johnson S, Faden R, Kass N. The Ethics of Public Health Research: Moral Obligations to Communities, pp. 498-503 in Heggenhougen and Quah: International Encyclopedia of Public Health (2009), Vol. 2 , Academic Press, San Diego, CA.      

2008: Bawa R, and Johnson S. "Emerging Issues in Nanomedicine and Ethics" in Fritz Allhoff and Patrick Lin (eds.), Nanoethics: Emerging Debates (Dordrecht:  Springer).

2008: Meslin EM and Johnson S. National Bioethics Commissions and Research Ethics. Chapter 19. Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics. New York: Oxford University Press.

Refereed Presentations

2015:  Johnson McGee, S . "Population Health Management: The Convergence of Public Health,  Health Care, and Health Administration" American Public Health Association 2015 Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. November 2, 2015.

2015: Johnson McGee, S. "Developing a Curriculum in Population Health Management: Challenges and Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Graduate Healthcare Administration Programs." American Public Health Association 2015 Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. November 2, 2015.

2015: Johnson McGee, S and McGee, G. "E-cigarette Ethics: The Precautionary Principle and Harm Reduction As a Basis for an E-Cigarette Ban." American Public Health Association 2015 Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. November 2, 2015.

2014: Johnson McGee, S and McGee, Glenn. "Ethics Education for Healthcare Administrators: Challenges and Opportunities for Thinking Differently about Health Care Ethics." American Public Health Association 2014 Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. November 18th, 2014.

2014: Forte, Kristen Keough and Johnson McGee, S. "Ethics of Opioid Contracts as a Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Strategy." Poster Presentation. American Public Health Association 2014 Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. November 18th, 2014.

2014:  Johnson McGee S.  "To Sign or Not to Sign: Treatment Agreements, Informed Consent and the Role of State Medical Boards in Opioid Prescribing." Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 2014 Annual Meeting. February 28, 2014. Jacksonville, FL.

2011: Johnson McGee S. "Chronic Pain: A Public Health Ethics or Clinical Ethics Issue?" American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Paper Presentation. 2011 Annual Meeting, October 15th, 2011. 

2007: Johnson S. "Bioethics Commissions East and West: Deliberations on Genetics at the National Level." International Conference on Genethics. Sponsored by Hong Kong Baptist University and Oxford University. December 11-13th, 2007.

2007: Johnson S. "Big Fears of Small Things: Beyond Risk and Safety for the Ethics of Nanotechnologies". NanoBio 2007 Conference. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. September 17th, 2007. 

2006: Johnson S. "Can Empirical Bioethics Do More Than Describe? The Potential Contributions of Empirical Data to Ethical Theory and Concepts in Bioethics." ASBH Annual Meeting. October 26th, 2006.

2006: Johnson, S. "A Needs Assessment for Ethics in Nanomedicine." American Academy of Nanomedicine Annual Meeting. September 9th, 2006.

2006: Johnson S. "Governmental Impacts of Presidential Bioethics Commissions." Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. April 22nd, 2006.

2006: Johnson, S. "Multiple Roles and Successes of Bioethics Commissions." Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Annual Meeting. March 3rd, 2006.

Editorships and Editorial Boards

2014- Ethics and Behavior, Editorial Board Member

2013- Frontiers in ELSI in Science and Genetics, Associate Editor & Editorial Board Member

2008-2012The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB)• Taylor & Francis Publishers

2011-2012: Co-Editor-in-Chief, AJOB

2008-2011: Executive Editor, AJOB, AJOB Neuroscience & AJOB Primary Research

AJOB is bioethics’ highest impact journal, with the highest immediacy impact journal in all of ISI’s ranked journals.  It is also #1 in impact in health law and in health policy.

Service to Institutions and the Field

2014- American Public Health Association Ethics Section

  • Governing Council (2015-present)
  • Leadership Team (2014-present)
  • Nominating Committee (2014-present)

2014- American Public Health Association (APHA) Abstract Reviewer

  • Health Administration Section
  • Ethics Section

2013- American College of Healthcare Executives, Connecticut Chapter, Higher Education Network

2013- University of New Haven

  • Pompea College of Business Executive Council (2015-present)
  • University Committee on Interdisciplinary Innovation Building (2015-present)
  • University Ad Hoc Experiential Education / Quality of Instruction Committee (2015-present)
  • University Experiential Education Advisory Task Force (2015-present)
  • President’s Representative Committee on Experiential Education (2015-present)
  • University Program Review Task Force (2015-present)
  • Tobacco-Free Campus Implementation Committee (2015-present)
  • Faculty Senate, (2013-present)
  • University Assessment Committee (2013-2015)
  • Graduate Student Showcase Committee (2013-2014)
  • Graduate Council (2014-present)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2014-present)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Committee (2013-present)
  • Pompea College of Business Academic and Student Affairs Committee (2013-present)

2011- KUMC Graduate Student Travel Awards Committee

2010-2014: ASBH Annual Meeting Abstract Reviewer

  • Health Policy Subcommittee (2010-2012, 2014)
  • Public Health Ethics Subcommittee (2012)
  • Education Subcommittee (2011)

2010-2011: Member, Kansas City Regional Ethics Committee Consortium

2010-2011: Member, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics Ethics Committee

2008-2010: APHA Abstract Reviewer, Ethics SPIG                                

2008-2007: Member, Graduate Studies Operations Committee, Albany Medical College

2008-2007: Member, Graduate Curriculum Committee, Albany Medical College

2007: Co-Director, 19th Bioethics Summer Retreat ("Summer Camp") Lake George NY

2005-2006: Staff, Research Ethics Consulting Service, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2005 – 2006: Co-Chair, Student Coordinating Committee, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2004 – 2005: Student Representative, Academic Planning and Curriculum Committee, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2004- Hospital Ethics Committee and Consulting Service Internship, Johns Hopkins Hospital

2002 – 2003    Student Member and Ethicist, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Indiana University Bloomington

2000  – 2003: Honors Advisory Board Mentoring Program, Honors College,  Indiana University Bloomington

2000 - 2003: Student Activities Committee, Individualized Major Program, Indiana University Bloomington

Courses Taught

September 2013:  University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
Associate Professor of Management, Pompea College of Business
Master of Healthcare Administration at West Haven Campus and Yale-New Haven Health System

  • HCAD 6600 Introduction to the US Healthcare System
  • HCAD 6601 Management of Healthcare Organizations
  • HCAD 6604 Law and Public Health
  • HCAD 6605 Healthcare Ethics
  • HCAD 6608 Healthcare Administration Capstone
  • HCAD 6693 Healthcare Administration Internship
  • MGMT 4451(H) Healthcare in America: Ethics, Politics, and Policy
  • PADM 6669 Healthcare Policy, Planning and Execution
  • PADM 6670 Special Topics: Population Health Management
  • eMBA 975 Corporate Social Responsibility
  • eMBA 971 Business Ethics


January 2012: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago IL
Adjunct Associate Professor, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy
Director for M.A. and D.Bioethics Program Capstone Courses
Online M.A. and D.Bioethics in Bioethics and Health Policy

  • BEHP 492 Masters Capstone
  • BEHP 423 Doctoral Capstone I
  • BEHP 424 Doctoral Capstone II


October 2010 - January 2012: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management

  • PRVM 867 Ethical Issues in Public Health
  • HPM 810 The Healthcare System
  • HPM 837 Health Care Policy & Administration


September 2010 - January 2012: Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City, MO
Certificate in Clinical Ethics and Health Policy Faculty

  • CPB 500 Practice of Clinical Ethics and Health Policy
  • CPB 501 Philosophy of Clinical Ethics and Health Policy
  • CPB 502 Onsite Clinical Ethics Practicum


2007 - June 2008: Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Faculty, Alden March Bioethics Institute
Co-Instructor, Health Care and Society, Years 1 and 2 

  • AMBI 500 Introduction to Bioethics
  • AMBI 620 Introduction to Research Ethics
  • AMBI 622 Ethics of Innovative Technologies
  • AMBI 625 Advanced Empirical Bioethics
  • AMBI 642 Masters Thesis Capstone


2005: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Graduate Teaching Instructor, Graduate Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

2004 - 2005: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Health Policy and Management 

2004 - 2005: Johns Hopkins University College of Arts and Sciences, Baltimore, MD
Guest Lecturer, Department of Biology 

Spring 2003: Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Teaching Intern, Department of Philosophy

Summer 2002: Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Baltimore, MD
Course Director, Introduction to Philosophy and Bioethics

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News and In the Media

Yahoo! Finance: Connecticut Technology Council Announces the 2017 Women of Innovation Finalists

Summer McGee, director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and associate professor of management, is a finalist for the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) 2017 Women of Innovation Award. The Women of Innovation® program seeks to celebrate and create a growing network of women in the "trenches" of STEM. Finalists are scientists, researchers, academics, manufacturers, student leaders, drafters, entrepreneurs, and technicians . This story was widely covered in the media.

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