Katherine J. Mendis

Clinical Professor

Main Affiliation

CUNY School of Medicine


Harris Hall







Katherine J. Mendis

Katherine J. Mendis


Katherine Mendis is the Course Director for the Introduction to Biomedical Ethics course and is responsible for developing and administering the vertically- and horizontally-integrated ethics component of the BS/MD curriculum at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM).She also serves as a Problem-Based Learning case facilitator and teaches the Biomedical Ethics/Responsible Conduct of Research course in the Masters in Translational Medicine program. Prof. Mendis has comprehensive experience teaching philosophy and bioethics to undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students; consulting on clinical ethics cases; and providing training and quality improvement initiatives to health care institutions’ ethics consultation services.  She is a member of the Ethics Committee at St. Barnabas Hospital.



BA, University of Chicago

MA, George Mason University

MPhil, CUNY Graduate Center


Selected Publications

“Improving Third Year Medical Students’ Competency in Clinical Moral Reasoning:  Two Interventions,” with Cummins, Paul et. al., American Journal of Bioethics: Empirical Bioethics, Volume 7, No. 3, July 2016. 


The Foundations of a Duty to Donate Organs in Organ Transplantation in Times of Donor Shortage, Ralf J. Jox et al, ed. Switzerland: Springer2015. 


“A Model for the Assessment of Medical Students’ Competency in Medical Ethics,” with Favia, Amanda, Frank, Lily et al., American Journal of Bioethics Primary Research, Volume 4, Issue 4, 2013.