Lance K. Stell


Ph.D., M.A. University of Michigan
B.A. Hope College


I'm a professor of ethics, philosophy of law, and clinical ethics. I specialize in medical ethics and routinely teach a course in health care ethics.

Years ago, I was invited to serve on the Ethics Committee at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), and became fascinated with the daunting issues raised in the hospital setting, such as the importance of respecting religious beliefs in providing care to Jehovah's Witnesses, whether or not to withdraw treatment from severely impaired newborns, and who should make medical care decisions for incompetent patients. 

I've since made this my vocation, as well as part of my teaching. I hold a faculty appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center a teaching hospital in Charlotte with which Davidson College has formal institutional ties. I am also clinical professor of medicine at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and at the Translational Science Institute of the Wake Forest School of Medicine. I serve as a consultant to hospitals and professional medical associations, and also serve on the Committee on Ethical and Judicial Affairs of the North Carolina Medical Society and on the Grievance Committee of the 26th Judicial District of North Carolina.

I publish pieces on medical ethics, ethics, and the philosophy of law.