Mary Ann Bowman Beil

Mary Ann Bowman Beil

Vice President, Corporate Ethics @ Memorial University Medical Center

Mary Ann Bowman Beil is an authority in the field of corporate ethics–particularly as applied in academic medicine, healthcare and the life sciences. Her lifelong passion for ethics and groundbreaking methodology in conversational reality in medicine has transformed the program at Memorial University Medical Center – gaining national recognition and serving as a model to other healthcare organizations.

Highlights of Memorial’s approach includes forming teams of over 282 physicians, nursing staff and other interdisciplinary members who work together to identify ethical issues based on evidence-based triggers for early intervention. She also created the Ethics Liaison program – currently in its 13 th year. The program cultivates and trains nurses, physicians, case managers and others to serve as ethical advisors at the bedside. Every one of Memorial’s ethics programs are acknowledged for their high level of physician, nursing, executive and staff engagement; their ability to utilize standardized and evidence-based
approaches to identifying ethical issues; and the creation of systematic venues wherein the most complex and difficult conversations can occur with a meaningful result.

Mary Ann served as Vice President of Ethics and Chief Compliance Officer for Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia for 18 years. Since 2012, Mary Ann maintains a singular focus on the fuller integration of ethics in healthcare operations. The Institute for Ethics at Memorial, which she leads, supports five broad-based initiatives: corporate ethics, bioethics, research ethics/institutional review boards, medical professionalism and spiritual care.

Mary Ann is a member of the Mercer University School of Medicine teaching faculty. She is a former member of the executive committee and advisory board of the Georgia Healthcare Ethics Consortium; current member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, and the Committee of 100 for the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In addition to editing books in the areas of ethics and medicine, Beil collaborates with the Center for Ethics in Public Policy and the Professions at Emory University to develop new initiatives in healthcare ethics. She is the recipient of the 2007 Georgia Healthcare Ethics Heroes Award, and Memorial’s Ethics Teams are the recipients of this same award in 2015.

Mary Ann Bowman Beil holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida and a master’s in theological studies and corporate ethics from Emory University, and is a post-graduate fellow of the Lilly Endowment.

For fun, she is a rower and sculler, a wooden longbow archer and relishes an engaging conversation and diverse ideas—anytime, anywhere.

Innovation and Design Ethics and Humane Technology Roundtable


This roundtable, anchored by physicians and medical ethicists, is intended to broaden the discussion of the ethical issues emerging as a result of how technology is designed and used. These technologies have profound implications for the future of society, humanity and public health. This roundtable will highlight Tristan Harris’ work in Humane Technology as a […]

Technology Roundtable Limited Access