Patrick T. Smith holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He has specific interests in the areas of moral philosophy, philosophical and theological bioethics, end-of-life medical ethics, and hospice palliative care.
Patrick is a principal faculty member for the "Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality," an interfaculty initiative across Harvard University which aims to be a research catalyst for an integrated model of spirituality, public health, and patient care in dialogue with spiritual communities. He was a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at the Center for Bioethics (formerly the Division of Medical Ethics) through Harvard Medical School for the 2013–2015 academic years. In addition to his work at the Center for Bioethics, Patrick is Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Patrick was a research consultant for “A National Faith Community Atlas on End-of-Life Spiritual Care: Informing a Religious Community Educational Intervention to Address End-of-Life Cancer Disparities” project. He previously worked as the Ethics Coordinator for Angela Hospice Care Center in Livonia, MI. He has served on the Ethics Advisory Council for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, as a board member for the Hospice Palliative Care Association of Michigan, and the Community Ethics Committee sponsored by the Harvard Ethics Leadership Group, and on the Children's Hospital Boston Ethics Advisory Committee.
Patrick has been involved in global education having taught courses and given talks to medical professionals, educators and community leaders, and clergy in Kitwe, Zambia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; and various regions in the West Indies.