Summer Johnson McGee, Ph.D., CPH

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Founding Dean, School of Health Sciences
University COVID-19 Coordinator

School of Health Sciences
Education

2018
Certificate, Management Development Program
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

2003-2006
Ph.D., Health Policy and Management
The Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health

2001-2002
Undergraduate Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Worcester College of Oxford University

1999-2003
B.A., Philosophy Summa Cum Laude
Indiana University Bloomington, College of Arts & Sciences

About Summer

Dr. Summer McGee is an internationally recognized public health ethics scholar, academic innovator and award-winning professor. At the University of New Haven, she is the Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences. She also directs the Master of Healthcare Administration program and its Executive cohort program at Yale-New Haven Health System.

Known for her ability to develop, re-design and grow robust academic programs, Dr. McGee has overseen the creation of more than 8 new academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. She was responsible for the University of New Haven becoming the only southern New England institution with a CAHME-accredited healthcare management program which is currently ranked #9 in the nation.

Dr. McGee received the 2014 American College of Healthcare Executives Distinguished Faculty Regents Award and was named in 2015 one of the Top 50 Healthcare Management Professors in the U.S. She was selected as a 2017 finalist for the Academic Innovator Award of the Connecticut Technology Council’s Women of Innovation. Dr. McGee received the University of New Haven’s Excellence in Teaching award in 2017.

Dr. McGee is an internationally recognized expert on public health, health policy and bioethics. Her comments have appeared in major international and national media including The New York Times, Fox News, ABC News, USA Today, NBC News, Cheddar, Buzzfeed, Hearst TV, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Fast Company, Newsday, Yahoo Finance, Hartford Courant, and Boston Herald.  She has authored more than 25 widely-cited articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. She served from 2008-2012 as the Executive Editor and then Co-Editor-in-Chief of the most-cited, widely read journal in the field of bioethics, The American Journal of Bioethics.

A summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, Dr. McGee received the Herman B. Wells Award and the Richard D. Young Award for creating and completing the university’s first bioethics major. She received the Javits Fellowship to complete her PhD in Bioethics & Health Policy at The Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and subsequently was awarded a Fulbright fellowship. In 2018, she completed the renowned Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program.

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Honors and Awards

National and Regional

2019- Connecticut Magazine “40 Under 40” Award Recipient

2018- Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences “20 Under 40” Award

2018- Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership in Healthcare Award

2018- Connecticut ACE Women’s Network Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Award (Nominee)

2017- Connecticut Technology Council Women of Innovation Academic Innovation Award (Finalist)

2014- American College of Health Care Executives Regent’s Award for Distinguished Faculty


University of New Haven

2021- Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Citation for Meritorious Service

2017- University Excellence in Teaching Award

2017, 2016- College of Business Teaching Excellence Award (Nominee)

2017, 2016- University Faculty Excellence in Experiential Education Award (Nominee)

2017, 2016- University Faculty Excellence in Leadership and Service (Nominee)

2016- University Excellence in Teaching Award (Nominee)

2016- Upsilon Phi Delta National Healthcare Administration Honor Society


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2007- Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Alpha Chapter

2004- Marcia G. Pines Award in Bioethics and Health Policy

2003-2006- Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship in Philosophy (Full Doctoral Fellowship)

2003- J. William Fulbright Scholarship (Awarded)


Indiana University Bloomington

2003-1999: Lilly Endowment (Full Tuition Four-Year Fellowship)

2003-1999: Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List (all semesters)

2003: Golden Key

2003: Phi Eta Sigma & Departmental Honors in Philosophy

2003: Herman B. Wells Most Outstanding Senior Award

2003: Richard D. Young Award for Development of Individualized Major

2001: Chancellor’s Scholar

2000: National Society of Collegiate Scholars

1999: Indiana University Valedictorian Scholarship

Advisory Boards

2017: HIMSS External Advisory Forum for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Innovators

2017: Connecticut Hospital Association Advisory Committee for the Neonatal Abstinence

2008-2010: Lifeboat Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and Ethics Advisory Board

2008: NanoBio 2008 Advisory Board, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2008: NY Institutional Stem Cell Review Committee ("ISCR"), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Professional Memberships

2015: Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)

2015: Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS)

2013: American Public Health Association (APHA)

2003: American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities (ASBH)

2003: Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)

2002: American Philosophical Association

Grants and Contracts

2015: Johnson McGee, S. "Milford Hospital – University of New Haven Strategic Partnership." Contract of $20,000 for AY 2015-2016. Funded.

2014: Johnson McGee, S (PI) and William Carbone and Merlinda Ndreka (co-PIs). "Healthy Re-entry Plus." May 21, 2014. Funds Requested: $125,000. Not Funded.

2013: Johnson McGee, S (PI) and Carolyn Hinton (co-PI). "Hurricane Emergency, Evacuation and Ethics (HE3) Grant." November 21, 2013. Funds Requested: $83,386. Not Funded.

2010: Barohn, R and Aaronson, L. "HICTR CTSA Application." National Institutes of Health (Johnson McGee S.,Ethics Section Contributor).

2010-2011: Johnson McGee, S. Contract with Center for Practical Bioethics for CCE Program. 50% FTE per year. Funds Requested: $65,000 per year.  Funded. 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

2015: Edwin, A, Edwin, F and Johnson McGee, S .  "Ethical Dilemmas Relating To The Management Of A Newborn With Down Syndrome And Severe Congenital Heart Disease In A Resource-Poor Setting." Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. 5(3): 277-286.

2015: Johnson McGee, S and Silverman, RD. "Treatment Agreements, Informed Consent, and the Role of State Medical Boards in Opioid Prescribing." Pain Medicine. 2015, January. 16(1): 25-29.

2014: Edwin, A, Johnson McGee, S, Opare-Lokko, E, and Gyakobo MK. "A structured approach to end-of-life decision making improves quality of care for patients with terminal illness in a teaching hospital in Ghana." American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. November 2 2014.

2014: Brown, Nancy C and Johnson McGee S. "Conceptualizing Boundaries for the Professionalization of Healthcare Ethics Practice:  A Call for Empirical Research." HEC Forum. 26(2). Dec 2014, 325-41.

2014: Hebron, Allison and Johnson McGee S. "Precedent Autonomy Should Be Respected in Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions." Journal of Medical Ethics. Oct 2014, 714-16.  

2011: Goldberg, D and Johnson McGee S. "Pain as a Global Public Health Priority." BMC Public Health. September 2011. 11:770.

2011: Johnson McGee S, Kaylor BD, Emmott H, and Christopher M. "Defining Chronic Pain Ethics." Pain Medicine.Sep;12(9):1376-84.

2011: Johnson McGee S. "The Ideology and Politicization in Public Bioethics." Cambridge Quarterly of  Healthcare Ethics. January. January 2011. Vol. 20, Issue 1: 1-20.

2008: Taylor H and Johnson S. "The Ethics of Population-Based Research." Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. Summer. 35(2): 295-299.

2007: Johnson S. "Nanomedicine: Is It Hype, Will It Harm, or Will It Heal?"  Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine. December.  3(4): 354. 

2007: Johnson S. "Making Public Bioethics Public: The Legitimacy and Authority of Commissions." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. October, 17(2): 143-152.

2007: Bawa R, and Johnson S. "The Ethical Dimensions of Nanomedicine."  Medical Clinics of North America. 91(5): 881-888. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Press.

2007: Engelman, M; and Johnson S.  "Population Aging and International Development." Developing World Bioethics. April 7(1): 8-18. 

2007: Johnson S, and McGee, G"Nanotechnologies in Health Care: A Needs Assessment Regarding Ethics and Policy in Nanomedicine." Harvard Health Policy Review. 8(10): 46-54.

2006: Johnson S. "Multiple Roles and Successes in Public Bioethics: A Response to the Public Forum Critique of National Bioethics Commissions." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.  16(2): 173-188

2006: Johnson S. "Ethics in Nanomedicine: A Needs-Assessment and Proposals for the Future." Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine. December.  2(4): 284-285.

2006: Johnson S; and Burger I. "Limitations and Justifications for Analogical Reasoning." American Journal of Bioethics. 6(6): 59.

2005: Johnson S; Kass NE; Natowicz M. "Disclosure of Personal Medical Information: Differences among Parents and Affected Adults for Genetic and Non-genetic Conditions." Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers.  9(3): 269-280.

Peer Reviewed Encyclopedia and Book Chapters

2014:  Johnson McGee S  and Goodwin, J .  "The History of Bioethics Commissions."  Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th ed. Bruce Jennings, Editor.  MacMillan Publishers. May 2014.

2012: Johnson McGee S.  "Nanotechnology." Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Chapter 44. Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

2009: Taylor H, Johnson S, Faden R, Kass N. The Ethics of Public Health Research: Moral Obligations to Communities, pp. 498-503 in Heggenhougen and Quah: International Encyclopedia of Public Health (2009), Vol. 2 , Academic Press, San Diego, CA.      

2008: Bawa R, and Johnson S. "Emerging Issues in Nanomedicine and Ethics" in Fritz Allhoff and Patrick Lin (eds.), Nanoethics: Emerging Debates (Dordrecht:  Springer).

2008: Meslin EM and Johnson S. National Bioethics Commissions and Research Ethics. Chapter 19. Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics. New York: Oxford University Press.

Editorships and Editorial Boards

2014- Ethics and Behavior, Editorial Board Member

2013- Frontiers in ELSI in Science and Genetics, Associate Editor & Editorial Board Member

2008-2012The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB)• Taylor & Francis Publishers

2011-2012: Co-Editor-in-Chief, AJOB

2008-2011: Executive Editor, AJOB, AJOB Neuroscience & AJOB Primary Research

AJOB is bioethics’ highest impact journal, with the highest immediacy impact journal in all of ISI’s ranked journals.  It is also #1 in impact in health law and in health policy.

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News and In the Media

Yahoo! Finance: Connecticut Technology Council Announces the 2017 Women of Innovation Finalists

Summer McGee, director of the Master of Healthcare Administration program and associate professor of management, is a finalist for the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) 2017 Women of Innovation Award. The Women of Innovation® program seeks to celebrate and create a growing network of women in the "trenches" of STEM. Finalists are scientists, researchers, academics, manufacturers, student leaders, drafters, entrepreneurs, and technicians . This story was widely covered in the media.

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