History and Philosophy
Degree Institution Field Dates PhD Villanova University Philosophy 2004 MA Villanova University Philosophy 1998 BA Bucknell University History & Philosophy 1993
Areas of Expertise
- Healthcare Ethics
Hospice & Palliative Care Ethics
Philosophy of Nursing
Books in Field Of Expertise
Kirk, Timothy W. & Jennings, Bruce (eds.). Hospice Ethics: Policy and Practice in Palliative Care. : Oxford University Press, 2014. .
Articles in Field Of Expertise
Partington, E. Willis and Kirk, Timothy W.. "Engaging Requests for Nondisclosure During Admission to Home Hospice Care." Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 17, no. 4 2015: (in press).
Kirk, Timothy W.. "Staying at Home: Risk, Accommodation, and Ethics in Hospice Care." Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 16, no. 4 2014: 200-205.
Fewing, Ross, Kirk, Timothy W., and Meisel, Alan. "A Fading Decision." Hastings Center Report. 44, no 3 2014: 14-16.
Kirk, Timothy W. "The Meaning, Limitations, and Possibilities of Making Palliative Care a Public Health Priority by Declaring it a Human Right." Public Health Ethics. 4, no. 1 2011: 84-92.
Kirk, Timothy W. and Margaret M. Mahon on behalf of the Palliative Sedation Task Force of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Ethics Committee. "National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Position Statement and Commentary on the Use of Palliative Sedation in Imminently Dying Terminally Ill Patients." Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 39, no. 5 2010: 914-923.
Kirk, Timothy W. and George Luck. "Dying Tax Free: The Modern Advance Directive." Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 39, no. 3 2010: 605-609.
Kirk, Timothy W. "Deactivation of Automatic Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators in Hospice and Home Care Patients at the End of Life." Home Healthcare Nurse. 26, no. 7 2008: 431-437.
Kirk, Timothy W. "Beyond Empathy: Clinical Intimacy in Nursing Practice." Nursing Philosophy. 8, no. 4 2007: 233-243.
Kirk, Timothy W. "Managing Pain, Managing Ethics." Pain Management Nursing. 8, no. 1 2007: 25-34.
Chapters in Field Of Expertise
Kirk, Timothy W.. "Timothy Kirk." Philosophy of Nursing: 5 Questions, Automatic Press/VIP. 2014: 117-124.
Kirk, Timothy W.. "Hospice as a Moral Practice: Exploring the Philosophy and Ethics of Hospice Care." Hospice Ethics: Policy and Practice in Palliative Care, Oxford University Press. 2014: 35-56.
Kirk, Timothy W.. "Confidentiality." Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, Oxford University Press. 2015: 279-284.
Coyle, Nessa, Kirk, Timothy W. & Doolittle, Matthew. "Communication Ethics." Textbook of Palliative Care Communication, Oxford University Press. 2015: 27-34.
Coyle, Nessa & Kirk, Timothy W. "Navigating Ethical Discussions." Textbook of Advanced Practice Palliative Nursing, Oxford University Press. 2015: (in press).
Reviews in Field Of Expertise
"Review of 'The Best Care Possible,' by Ira Byock." in Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 44, no. 6 2012: 935-937.
"Review of 'The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing,' by Betty R. Ferrell & Nessa Coyle." In Nursing Ethics, 17, no. 2 2010: 271-272.
"Review of 'Mothers and Midwives: The Ethical Journey,' by Faye Thompson." In Nursing Philosophy,7, no. 3 2006: 181-182.
Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances
" Aligning Ethics and Evidence: Distinguishing “Suicidality” from “Desire for Hastened Death” in Hospice Patients (with Fairman, Nathan) " May 2014: American Psychiatric Association, New York, NY.
" Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: Ethical Considerations in Organizational Policy Development " April 2014: National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, Washington, DC.
" Responding to a Desire for Hastened Death: A Case Study in Collaborative Organizational Policy Development (with Seigel, Randi) " May 2013: Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State, Albany, NY.
" Developing an Ethical Framework for Approval of Expensive Treatments in Hospice (with Chandler, Mitchell & Klein, Scott) " April 2013: National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, Washington, DC.
" From Competition to Collaboration: Re-visioning the Relationship Between Healthcare Systems and the Communities they Serve " May 2012: Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State, Albany, NY.
" Developing and Sustaining Your Organization’s Ethics Committee (with Ballentine, Jennifer & Smith, Patrick) " March 2012: National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, Washington, DC.
" Arguments Supporting The Intersection of Palliative Care and Public Health " November 2011: American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.
" What Would it Mean to Take a Public Health Approach to Palliative Care? " October 2011: American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Minneapolis, MN.
" Palliative Sedation and Existential Suffering (with Ferrell, Betty) " March 2011: National Nursing Ethics Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
" Palliative Sedation and Existential Suffering: An Ethical Conversation " March 2011: Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.
" Palliative Sedation for Hospice Patients: An Ethical Conversation " November 2010: VITAS Annual Hospice Symposium, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
" Avoiding ‘Too Little, Too Late’: The Ethical Case for Early Integration of Palliative Care Into the Lives of Seriously Ill Patients " November 2010: University of Kansas, Wichita School of Medicine.
" Palliative Care for Serious Illness: Supporting the Reconciliation of a Fractured Self " November 2010: Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies, Newman University, Wichita, KS.
" Essence at the End of Existence: Is the Concept of ‘Existential Suffering’ at the End of Life Helpful? " October 2010: American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, San Diego, CA.
" Truth in Dying: What Does it Mean to ‘Tell the Truth’ in Hospice Care? [Keynote Address] " June 2010: International Death, Grief, and Bereavement Conference, La Crosse, WI.
" Palliative Sedation for Hospice Patients: Ethical and Philosophical Issues " May 2010: Florida Hospices and Palliative Care, Orlando, FL.
" Caring for Hospice Patients with Implanted Cardiac Devices: Ethical Considerations " May 2010: Florida Hospices and Palliative Care, Orlando, FL.
" Deactivation of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators in Hospice Patients: An Ethical Analysis [Grand Rounds] " April 2010: Palliative Care & Pain Management Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.
" Palliative Sedation & Existential Suffering: A Dialogue Between Medicine, Nursing, Philosophy, and Psychology, (with Coyle, Nessa & Rebecca Bigoney & Shannon Poppito) " March 2010: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
" Implementing A Right to Palliative Care: A Progressive Public Health Approach " November 2009: American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
" Translating the Humanities and Social Sciences into Clinical Policy: Palliative Sedation for Existential Suffering (with Coyle, Nessa & Rebecca Bigoney & Shannon Poppito) " October 2009: American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Washington, DC,.
" Developing A Philosophy of Palliative Care: Contributions from, and Implications for, the Philosophy of Nursing [Plenary Address] " September 2009: International Philosophy of Nursing Society, Bristol, UK.
" Organizational and Management Perspectives on Automatic Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Deactivation Policy Development, (with Mahon, Mimi & Charles Wellman) " April, 2009: National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, Washington, DC.
" Palliative Sedation to Unconsciousness for Existential Suffering in Terminally Ill Patients: An Ethical Inquiry [Grand Rounds] " January 2009: Department of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, New York, NY.
" Virtual Giving: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Internet Matching Services for Living Organ Donation, (with Lubke, Donna & Douglas Olsen & Dominic Sisti) " October 2008: American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Cleveland, OH.
" Palliative Sedation to Unconsciousness for Terminally Ill Patients with Existential Suffering " September 2008: Combined 12th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference and 15th New England Nursing Knowledge Conference, Boston, MA.
" Deactivation of Implanted Cardiac Devices in Hospice Patients: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Policy Development, (with Ballentine, Jennifer & Nathan Goldstein & Marnie Poncy) " October 2007: American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Washington, DC.
Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships
Dannheiser Fellowship in Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University: 2009-2011.
Offices Held In Professional Societies
Chair, Ethics Advisory Council, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: 2013-2015.
Vice Chair, Ethics Committee, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: 2010-2012.
Chair, Hospice and Palliative Care Affinity Group, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities: 2008-2015.
Executive Board, International Philosophy of Nursing Society: 2008-2013.
Ethics Committee, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: 2007-2012.
Other Professional Activities and Public Service
Trustee, Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State: 2015-present.
Editorial Board Member, Nursing Philosophy: 2015-present.
Manuscript Reviewer, Nursing Philosophy: 2008-present.
Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, Nursing Philosophy, Public Health Ethics, Pain Management, Journal of Palliative Care, Home Healthcare Nurse: 2008-present.
Palliative Care Advisory Board, Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State: 2012-2014.
2013 Symposium Co-Chair, NYU/VNSNY Hospice Ethics Symposium: 2013.
Member, 2011 Conference Planning Committee, American Nurses Association/Ethics of Caring: 2010-2011.