Center for Ethics and Humanities
in the Life Sciences

College of Human Medicine



Devan Stahl

Devan Stahl photo

Assistant Professor

Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences

Department of Pediatrics and Human Development

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

C-213 East Fee Hall
(517) 432-7420
devan.stahl @

PhD 2015 Saint Louis University
M.Div. 2010 Vanderbilt Divinity School
BA 2007 University of Virginia

Curriculum Vitae
MSU Scholars Profile
Research Gate Profile


Devan Stahl’s interests focus on clinical ethics, particularly beginning of life and end of life issues. She is particularly interested in the intersections between disability studies and bioethics as well as theological bioethics.

Devan is currently working on an edited volume examining the power of medical images and their impact on patients and the wider culture. The book brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines, including fine art, medical humanities, visual culture, philosophy, and theology, who will each offer their own interpretation of a set of medical images.

Selected Publications

Stahl, D., Cabrera, L., Gibb, T. (2017). “Should DBS for Psychiatric Disorders Be Considered a Form of Psychosurgery? Ethical and Legal Considerations” Science and Engineering Ethics. DOI 10.1007/s11948-017-9934-y.

Stahl, D. and Tomlinson, T. (2017). “Is There a Right Not to Know?” Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, 14: 259-260.

Stahl, D. and D.G. Stahl. (2016). “Seeing Illness in Art and Medicine: A Patient and Printmaker Collaboration,” Medical Humanities.

Selected Achievements and Awards

HARP Production Grant, Michigan State University, 2016

President Elect North American Paul Tillich Society