Wayne Vaught, Ph.D.

Dr. Wayne Vaught

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Dr. Vaught is Dean for College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Philosophy and Medicine and Director of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics. He came to UMKC in the Fall of 1998 and holds a joint appointment between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine.

His primary research focus is in the area of biomedical ethics, with an emphasis on ethical issues in pediatrics. He has published several papers in leading ethics journals including The Journal of Clinical Ethics and Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

Dr. Vaught has an active teaching role at UMKC. His responsibilities include teaching bioethics courses for undergraduate and medical students. In addition to classroom teaching, he has assisted in ethics education for health professionals at Truman Medical center, where he serves on the ethics committee. He crafted and implemented an ethics education program for ethics committee members at Truman and has been asked to provide the program for another ethics committee. In 2001, he was awarded the Alumni Good Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.

He received a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Psychology and Religion at Georgetown College, in Georgetown Kentucky. He earned an M.A. in philosophy at Baylor University and a Ph.D. in philosophy, with a concentration in Medical Ethics, from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Wayne's current research focus is on ethical issues in pediatrics.