• Affiliate Faculty


    Elizabeth Hensley, MD

    hensley.jpgDr. Elizabeth Hensley received her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Her professional experience has been diverse, practicing clinically in private practice, working in the public health care system, and serving as the medical director of a large private health insurance company. Working in the areas of disease management, case management, and medical policy stimulated her interest in the multifaceted dimensions of the bioethical issues faced today.

    Dr. Hensley is also interested in spirituality as it informs professionalism and clinical decision-making. She has served as a Fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Bioethics from Trinity University. Along with Dr. Sam Hensley, she teaches and directs an elective course for senior medical students in Intensive Bioethics.

    Jonathan F. Will, JD

    will.jpgJonathan F. Will is an assistant professor of Law and is the director of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at Mississippi College School of Law. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he jointly received his law degree focusing in Health Law, and a master’s degree in Bioethics. He studied English, Psychology, and Religious Studies as an undergraduate at Canisius College, graduating summa cum laude.

    He was a practicing attorney in Pittsburgh, PA prior to joining the faculty of MC Law where he teaches courses in Health Care Law and Bioethics. Jonathan’s scholarship, published in both legal and medical journals, focuses on the intersection of law, ethics, and medical humanities. His current projects deal with the roles that religion and moral theory play in shaping individual medical decisions and overall policy, particularly with respect to decisions concerning the beginning and end of life.

    Patrick D. Hopkins, PhD

    hopkins.jpgPatrick D. Hopkins is a philosopher specializing in ethical theory, moral psychology and neuroscience, and applied ethical issues in science, medicine, and technology. Upon completing a BA in psychology at the University of Mississippi in, he worked at the Yerkes Primate Research Center in Atlanta, and later in Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Medical School, Memphis.

    To further his interests in the cultural, moral, and theological dimensions of science and technology, he completed a PhD in philosophy at Washington University, St. Louis, followed by a postdoctoral research fellowship in applied ethics at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

    As professor of philosophy at Millsaps College, Dr. Hopkins teaches applied ethics, political theory, history and philosophy of science, moral psychology, and philosophy of mind and neuroscience. The author of numerous articles on biomedical ethics and studies in science and technology, gender studies, and religion, he has edited an anthology on gender and technology and another on applied ethics controversies. Along with ongoing projects on pathologies of moral cognition, medical enhancement and human research ethics, and medicine's role in the law, Dr. Hopkins' currently is focused a major book project examining the history of natural law theory and the impact on its future of contemporary neuroscience and cognitive science.

    Peyton McElroy, PhD

    Peyton McElroyPeyton McElroy has her PhD in philosophy from Stanford University. Her areas of interest are at the intersection of ethics, aesthetics, moral psychology, and bioethics. She is currently writing on the concept of narrative well-being and, in particular, narrative transformation--when bad past events change the role they play in our life stories. Peyton taught at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and is now an Affiliated Scholar at Millsaps College. She has a masters in philosophy of religion from Yale Divinity School, and a bachelor of arts from Yale University. Before turning to philosophy, Peyton was a theater director, directing plays (in Boston and New York City) such as David Henry Whang's "The Sound of a Voice" and Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls."

    Samuel Hensley, MD

    hensley, samuel.jpgDr. Samuel Hensley is the Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology for GI Associates and Neuropathology consultant for Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. He received his MD from West Virginia University and completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Wilford Hall in San Antonio and a Fellowship in Neuropathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

    In 2000, Dr. Hensley received his Master’s Degree in Bioethics from Trinity University. He has served as a Fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago and on the Health and Human Services Committee in Washington that advises the President and Congress on issues surrounding organ transplantation and procurement (ACOT).

    Dr. Hensley’s ethical interests are in the areas of genetic technology and the philosophical interface of science and religion. Along with Dr. Elizabeth Hensley, he teaches and directs an elective course for senior medical students in Intensive Bioethics.