Mary Ann Gardell Cutter, PhD

Mary Ann Gardell Cutter

Mary Ann Gardell Cutter, PhD

Department of Philosophy
COLU 4007
Office Hours:
Wednesday | 3:15 pm-4:15 pm

Professional Summary

Mary Ann G. Cutter is currently Professor of Biomedical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She joined the department in 1988 and holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University through the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Program. She is the author of numerous publications in biomedical ethics, including The Ethics of Gender-Specific Disease (Routledge, 2012); Thinking through Breast Cancer: A Philosophical Exploration of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Survival (Oxford, 2018); and Death: A Reader (Notre Dame, 2019). In 1997, Professor Cutter received a CU system-wide Bank One Community Service Award for her work in developing genetic-protection legislation for the State of Colorado. In Spring 2017, she taught courses on death and dying as well as biomedical ethics for Semester-at-Sea and, with her students, met with health care providers in ten countries in Asia and Africa. She returned to teach for Semester at Sea in Spring 2022 in Europe to focus on death and dying practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018, Professor Cutter received the recognition of being a CU system-wide President’s Teaching Scholar and, in March 2020, an awardee of the CU system-wide Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial honor for her work on women’s health. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care. Her current scholarly project, An Ethics of Clinical Uncertainty: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, will be published through Routledge (2024).

Philosophical Areas of Special Interest

Philosophy of Medicine (Concepts of Disease), Biomedical Ethics (Death and Dying, Breast Cancer), Global Concepts of Death, Ethical Decision-Making

Courses Regularly Taught

Biomedical Ethics (PHIL 3130)

Death and Dying (PHIL 3160)

Practical Ethics (PHIL 3180)

Values, Relativism, and Skepticism (PHIL 3190)

Curriculum Vitae