Christopher leaving top position at bioethics center

Myra Christopher, who helped found the Kansas City-based Center for Practical Bioethics in the early 1980s, will be stepping down at the end of this year as its president and chief executive officer, the center announced.

In her place, the center’s board has appointed John G. Carney, an expert on aging and end of life issues. Carney most recently served as executive director of Crossroads Hospice of Kansas. From 2004 through 2010, he was a vice president of the bioethics center. He also has held leadership positions with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and America’s Health Insurance Plans. Carney holds degrees in philosophy from Newman University and counseling from Wichita State University.

Christopher will remain at the bioethics center as the recently established Kathleen M. Foley Chair for Pain and Palliative Care.