Steven S. Ivy, MDiv, PhD

Steven S. Ivy, MDiv, PhD photo

Senior Faculty Emeritus

Dr. Ivy currently serves as Senior Vice President for Values, Ethics, Social Responsibility, and Pastoral Services of Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN.  His leadership roles include developing the institution’s philosophy and practices related to values integration, nurturing spirit in the workplace programs, sustaining both organizational ethics and clinical ethics programs, ensuring effective community involvement, and focusing chaplaincy, pastoral education, and pastoral counseling programs.

Soon after joining IU Health in March, 2000, Dr. Ivy envisioned the creation of a clinical ethics center.  He obtained the original endowment gift from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation via the Methodist Health Foundation which led to the creation of the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics.  He was responsible for recruiting and hiring the Center’s inaugural Director, and continues to provide counsel and support to the Center’s leadership.  He participates in all of FCME’s programs and assures the integral functioning of the Center within the larger context of Indiana University Health.

Dr. Ivy has teaching appointments at Indiana University School of Medicine and Christian Theological Seminary with a focus on religion, medicine, and ethics.  He has published in peer reviewed journals and has authored one book.  His professional leadership includes responsibilities with several regional and national professional organizations as well as participation with local not-for-profit boards and church organizations.  His previous clergy and academic appointments included Parkland Hospital, Southern Methodist University, Brite Divinity School, Nashville TN VA Medical Center, and Vanderbilt Divinity School.  His M.Div. (1977) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees are from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.


Representative Publications

  • The Promise and Pain of Loneliness.  Broadman Press, 1989.  Translated as Die Eisamkeit Sprengen, Johannis Lahr, 1991.

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  • “Professionalism and Ethics: Fundamental to Effective Psychotherapy and Counseling Practices,” Transforming Wisdom: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Theological Perspective.  Felcity Kelcourse and Bernie Lyons, eds.  Cascade Press, 2015.

  • “Appreciating the power of narratives in healthcare: a tool for understanding organizational complexity and values,” Taylor AC, Karnieli-Miller O, Inui TS, Ivy SS, Frankel RM.  In, Christopher Candlin, Srikant Sarangi (Eds.) Handbook of Communication in Organizations and Professions, pp 457-479.  Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton,  2011.

  • “Enhancing the Prospects for Palliative Care at the End of Life: A Statewide Educational Demonstration Project to Improve Advance Care Planning,” Litzelman DK, Cottingham AH, Griffin W, Inui TS, Ivy SS.  Palliative and Supportive Care, 2016, in press.

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  • “Liver Allocation to Non-Citizen Non-Residents: An Ethical Framework for a Last-In-Line Approach,” Hartsock J, Ivy SS, Helft P.  American Journal of Transplantation, epub ahead of print 2015 December 23

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  • “Religion and Spirituality in Surrogate Decision Making for Hospitalized Older Adults,” Geros KN, Ivy SS, Montz K, Bohan SE, Torke SE. Journal of Religion and Health, 55 (June 2016) 3:767-777. E-published September 2015.

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  • “Language and Practice Changes in Canadian and US Specialized Pastoral Care and Counseling: A Conversation,” Bard TA, Carr JC, Ivy SS.  Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 68 (March 2014) 7:1-3.

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