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Jeffrey Paul Bishop, a physician and a philosopher, is Tenet Endowed Chair in Health Care Ethics and director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at St. Louis University. His research and writing are concerned with the historical, political, and philosophical underpinnings of contemporary medical theory and practice. A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in theology at the Austin Graduate School of Theology then an M.D. at the University of Texas, Houston, in 1993. He was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Dallas in 2009. Dr. Bishop began his teaching career as an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 1998 and was promoted to associate professor in 2003. Two years later, he became the principal lecturer in medical ethics and law at England’s Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, an institution then jointly run by the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth. He returned to the United States in 2007 on accepting an associate professorship of medicine and biomedical ethics at Vanderbilt University, where he also served as director of clinical ethics education and consultation services in Vanderbilt’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society and held appointments as an associate professor of theological ethics in the graduate department of religion and as an adjunct professor of law in the university’s School of Law. Dr. Bishop accepted his present position in 2010. A member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and of Christian Bioethics, as well as the editorial advisory board of Medicine Studies, he serves as assistant editor of the Springer series Philosophy and Medicine. Dr. Bishop is the author of more than thirty papers published in scholarly and scientific journals or as chapters in volumes of collected works. His widely acclaimed first book, The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, which was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2011, has been hailed as a “ground-breaking work in bioethics” that carefully builds the case that medicine is shaped by its attitudes toward death. He is completing two other books: (with Theresa Lysaught and Andrew Michel) Chasing After Virtue: Neuroscience, Economics, and the Biopolitics of Morality, an investigation of neuroscience evidence related to philosophical concepts of virtues and vices, which will be published by New York University Press, and Body Work and Work of the Body, forthcoming from Cascade Press.