Dr. Michael Miller Jr.

Dr. Michael Miller Jr.

Health Care Executive in St. Louis, MO


Michael is a theologian, bioethicist, and health care executive. Over fifteen years of progressively responsible mission leadership roles in Catholic health care, he has established himself as an effective health care executive and trusted colleague. He provides ministry formation, clinical ethics consultation, mission discernment facilitation and community benefit leadership that empowers health care leaders to manage the tensions—and embrace the opportunities—of operating a health care business as a ministry of the Catholic Church.

Work Experience

2011 — 2018
Chief Mission Officer at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Canton, MI
2009 — 2011
Director, Mission Integration at Mercy Health Partners
Muskegon, MI
2008 — 2009
Administrative Fellow at Trinity Health
South Bend, IN
2004 — 2008
Pastoral Associate / Director of Youth Ministry at Church of the Immacolata
St. Louis, MO


Adjunct Faculty at Saint Louis University

Teaching "Ethical Issues in Public Health," a core class for MPH students at SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice.


Developing & teaching "Practical Theology for Health Care Mission." It is a required course for the Health Care Mission Program within the Ashley-O’Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership.


Screening for Social Drivers of Health: Clinical and Organizational Ethics Implications at Catholic Healthcare Innovation in Ethics Forum (CHIEF)

A lightning round talk examining ethical implications of SDOH screenings at hospitals in the United States.

Re-thinking Evangelization in Health Care

An invited presentation for OSF HealthCare (Peoria, IL) for organizational leaders participating in their Ministry Leader Formation Program.


Presented by the Catholic Health Association of the United States. A write-up of the presentation was published in _Catholic Health World_: chausa.org/publications/c…

Community Benefit: The Mission Imperative at Community Benefit 101

Presented and served as faculty for the Catholic Health Association’s Community Benefit 101 conference.

Digital Ethics in Health Care: Recognize, Reflect, and React at HFMA Michigan Great Lakes Chapter Fall Conference
Plymouth, MI

Keynote address on digital ethics.

Connectivity Is Not Enough: Toward a Consistent Ethic of Digital Life at Life, Solidarity, Fraternity: The Consistent Ethic in Light of Fratelli Tutti
Chicago, IL

Paper presented at symposium hosted by the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union.

A Discussion with Michael O’Loughlin
St. Louis, MO

Conducted a public interview and moderated community dialogue with the author of "Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear."
Sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis Office of Peace and Justice, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, Saint Louis University, SSM Health, and Mercy.



The Catholic moral tradition has a rich foundation that applies broadly to encompass all areas of human experience. Yet, there is comparatively little in Catholic thought on the ethics of the collection and use of data, especially in healthcare. We provide here a brief overview of terminology, concepts, and applications of data in the context of healthcare, summarize relevant theological principles and themes (including the Vatican’s Rome Call for AI Ethics), and offer key questions for ethicists and data managers to consider as they analyze ethical implications pertinent to data governance and data management.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) contributes to common goods and common harms in our everyday lives. In light of the Collingridge dilemma, information about both the actual and potential harm of AI is explored and myths about AI are dispelled. Catholic health care is then presented as being in a unique position to exert its influence to model the use of AI systems that minimizes the risk of harm and promotes human flourishing and the common good.