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Kirk, Timothy

Kirk, Timothy

Professor of Philosophy and Chair

History, Philosophy and Anthropology

Phone: 718-262-5316
Office Location: AC-3D08B

Timothy W. Kirk, PhD is professor of philosophy, specializing in healthcare ethics with an emphasis on hospice and palliative care. He also holds an appointment in the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Kirk is a board-certified ethics consultant with MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care, one of the largest hospice and palliative care programs in New York State, and consults nationally with hospice and palliative care organizations.

Together with Bruce Jennings, he is editor of Hospice Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Office Hours

Tuesdays1:00-2:00 pm by appointment
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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
  • Public Health

Publications in Field Of Expertise



  • Fewing, Ross, Kirk, Timothy W., and Meisel, Alan. "A Fading Decision." Hastings Center Report. 44, no 3 2014: 14-16.


  • Coyle, Nessa, Kirk, Timothy W. & Doolittle, Matthew. "Communication Ethics." Textbook of Palliative Care Communication, Oxford University Press. 2015: 27-34.
  • Kirk, Timothy W.. "Confidentiality." Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, Oxford University Press. 2015: 279-284.
  • Kirk, Timothy W.. "Timothy Kirk." Philosophy of Nursing: 5 Questions, Automatic Press/VIP. 2014: 117-124.




Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

  • Faculty Excellence Award, York College Student Government Association: 2018, 2016.
  • Dannheiser Fellowship in Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University: 2009-2011.

Offices Held In Professional Societies

  • Co-chair, Bioethics Special Interest Group, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association: 2016-2018.
  • 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

  • President, Empire State Bioethics Consortium: 2022-present.
  • Trustee, Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State: 2015-2017.
  • Editorial Board Member, Nursing Philosophy: 2015-2021.
  • 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.