Ryan Nash

Ryan Nash MD, MA

Director, The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Dr. Ryan R Nash, MD, MA is the Director of The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and holds the Hagop Mekhjian, MD, Chair in Medical Ethics and Professionalism at the College of Medicine. In addition to practicing Palliative Medicine, Dr. Nash is a Clinical Bioethics consultant and Healthcare Ethics Advisor for the OSU Medical Center. He is an active educator and administrator. He is the editor of The Ohio State University Press book series on Bioethics and Medical Humanities. He serves on editorial boards of the journals HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum (Springer) and Christian Bioethics (Oxford University Press). In addition, he serves on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (Elsevier) and the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press). He has published one book, three book chapters, and several essays related to bioethics and has presented numerous scientific papers and invited lectures at national and international meetings. In addition, Dr. Nash currently serves on the Ethics Committee for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Nash came to the OSU from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UAB), where he served as the Director of Ethics Education, Chair of Clinical Ethics, and Director of the Palliative Care Leadership Center (a partnership between the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care). While in Alabama, Dr. Nash also served as Chief of Staff of the Jefferson County Health System and Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. He is also currently an adjunct Professor of Bioethics at Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University in Illinois.

Dr. Nash received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and his master's degree in Bioethics from Trinity International University. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Medical School, a fellowship in palliative medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and was a fellow and visiting scholar at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Nash has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care, and Fellow in the Academy of Fellows of the Center of Bioethics and Human Dignity. He has repeatedly been named to the "America's Best Doctors" and "World's Best Doctors" lists. 

Get to know Dr. Ryan Nash.


  • 2014-2015 Columbus Business First Journal's Top Forty under 40.
  • 2010-2014 Named to Best Doctors list (America, Alabama, Ohio, World).
  • 2012 2012 Argus Award for Excellence in Medical Education (Best Lecturer for lectures in Patient, Doctor, and Society).
  • 2011 Department of Medicine Education Excellence Award Education Excellence Award.
  • 2009 Southeastern Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine Special Fellowship faculty development award.
  • 2008 Outstanding Community Service.
  • 2007 Birmingham Business Journal’s Top Forty under 40.
  • 2005 Herb Fred, MD Award for "Commitment, Compassion, Candor, & Common Sense".
  • 2004-2005 Chief Medical Resident.
  • 2003-2004 Outstanding Resident Teacher Award.

Journal Articles


  • 2015, "What is Christian About Christian Bioethics Revisited." CHRISTIAN BIOETHICS 21, no. 3,
  • 2015, "In reply to Berman and Crane.." Academic medicine 90, no. 2,
  • 2015, "Tobacco-Free Hiring Policies and Academic Health Centers Reply." ACADEMIC MEDICINE 90, no. 2,


  • 2014, "On Allen Verhey, In Memoriam." CHRISTIAN BIOETHICS 20, no. 3,
  • 2014, "H. T. Engelhardt, Jr., Misrepresented and Misunderstood: Beyond a Philosophy of Difference and toward a Theology of Unity." CHRISTIAN BIOETHICS 20, no. 2,
  • 2014, "Health Care Institutions Should Not Exclude Smokers From Employment." ACADEMIC MEDICINE 89, no. 6,
  • 2014, "The Role of Clinical Equipoise and Practical Considerations in Deciding Whether to Continue to Provide a Drug on an Open-Label Extension Study for an "Unapproved Indication"." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF BIOETHICS 14, no. 4,
  • 2014, "Calvinism, Reformed Protestantism, and Bioethics: Are the Controversies Predestined?." CHRISTIAN BIOETHICS 20, no. 1,
  • 2014, "Reformed Christian Bioethics: Developing a Field of Scholarship." CHRISTIAN BIOETHICS 20, no. 1,


  • 2013, "A Palliative Response to the Anticipatory Corpse." JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT 45, no. 2,


  • 2012, "Teaching Professional Integrity Through Opera." JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT 43, no. 2,


  • 2011, "Serving Two Masters: Should One Act as Ethics Consultant and Palliative Care Consultant?." JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT 41, no. 1,


  • D'Souza,J; Megginson,W; Nash,R, 2005, "Effect of institutional and firm-specific characteristics on post-privatization performance: Evidence from developed countries." JOURNAL OF CORPORATE FINANCE 11, no. 5, 747-766 - 747-766.

Associated Programs

Master of Arts in Bioethics