Kelly Dineen is an Assistant Professor of Health Law and Ethics at SLU LAW, where she previously served as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and as the Assistant Director of the Center for Health Law Studies. She holds a joint appointment with the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics and is the Co-director of the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics. In addition to her teaching at SLU LAW, Professor Dineen teaches in the undergraduate health care ethics program and graduate programs and works closely with medical school.
Prior to joining SLU LAW, Professor Dineen practiced in the health care practice group at Husch & Eppenberger LLC (now Husch Blackwell Sanders, LLP), in which she also helped develop the firm's Children with Disabilities Pro Bono Project. She earned her J.D. and certificate in health care law from SLU LAW and holds the honor of being an 1843 Scholar, as well as the recipient of five Academic Excellence Awards.
Professor Dineen also practiced nursing for a decade prior to entering SLU LAW. She began in a neurosurgical and organ transplant intensive care unit and later worked as a neurosurgical clinical and research nurse at an academic medical center. She has extensive clinical experience in caring for patients with implanted programmable neuromodulation devices and assisted in the development of one of the first centers in the Midwest to provide functional neurosurgery for patients with movement disorders and chronic intractable pain.
Professor Dineen's research interests include the intersection of ethics, law and policy in the treatment of disenfranchised populations (including people with chronic pain or cognitive and neuropsychiatric conditions); end of life care; conflicts of interest in medicine, especially involving medical devices; health care provider decision making and moral development; and clinical research ethics.