Jorge José Ferrer

Jorge José Ferrer, SJ, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1951. He holds academic degrees in Philosophy (B.A.), Pastoral Counseling (M.S.), and Theology (S.T.L., Th.D.). Jorge received his Doctorate in Theology from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain. From 2012 to 2018, he served as Director of the Eugenio María de Hostos Bioethics Institute at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. He has previously taught at the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, Rome´s Gregorian University and his Alma Mater Comillas University in Madrid. Jorge has held visiting appointments at Georgetown University (Washington, DC), Seattle University (Seattle, Washington state), and Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska). He has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous publications. Most recently, he coedited collection of essays on the theoretical foundations of bioethics for the Ibero-American cultural context: Bioética: el pluralismo de la fundamentación (Madrid, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, 2016, with Juan Alberto Lecaros and Róderic Molins) and wrote a chapter titled Research as a Restorative Practice: Catholic Social Teaching and the Ethics of Biomedical Research for a collection of essays edited by Therese Lysaught and Michael McCarthy, Catholic Bioethics and Social Justice, to be published by The Liturgical Press later this year (2018). His present research interests focus on the ethics of natural disasters as they relate to social justice and environmental justice. Jorge is a Jesuit Priest and seeks to combine his academic work with direct pastoral activity. He is also active in FELAIBE, the Latin American Federation of Bioethics.