St. Mary's University 1 Camino Santa MariaSan Antonio, TX 78228 +1-210-436-3011 St. Mary's University logo William Joseph Chaminade St. Mary's University, Texas



  • Ph.D., Duquesne University
  • M.A., The Catholic University of America
  • B.S., Lenoir-Rhyne College


  • Contemporary Issues in Christian Ethics: Politics and Theology
  • Health Care & Medical Ethics


Dr. Getz, an assistant professor at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio since 2007, received a doctorate in Theology and a certificate in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His research and teaching focus on moral theology and health care ethics – particularly end of life issues, universal health care, and the role of moral theology in medical ethics. He serves on several medical ethics committees including CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital; the Greater San Antonio Hospital Ethics Forum; and the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance. Professional memberships include the College Theology Society, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the American Academy of Religion where he serves on the committee for Bioethics and Religion as well as the Religion and Disabilities Studies Group. His work at St. Mary’s includes creating an individual medical ethics internship for select St. Mary’s pre-med students and developing the distance-learning graduate program in theology.

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