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The Ethics of Medicine

There are biblical answers to life's most perplexing medical questions, says Dr. Ronald Crock, a 1988 and 2001 alumnus.

You just have to know where and how to find them.

Ronald Crock

Ron should know. In addition to practicing medicine, he’s been studying the answers to the ethics of euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and whether or not parents should choose the sex of their child.

Ron and his wife, Kristine (Stewart) ’88 – and several of their friends, Cheryl (Rhodes) Markle ’88, David McKay ’88, and Jim Shaffer ’88 – all studied pre-medicine at Malone together before going their separate ways for medical school. Ron graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University (then NEOUCOM) in 1992, then taught there for several years while practicing internal medicine.

He became interested in hospice care after losing his mother-in-law to breast cancer.

“There should have been a better way to take care of her,” he said.

That and his interest in bioethics – especially studying end-of-life issues – prompted him to earn graduate degrees in Christian Ministries (Malone, 2001) and bioethics (Trinity International University, 2004), and he also has a master’s of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.

At Mercy Medical Center, where he is an internist and directs the medical hospice program, he also serves as associate program director for the internal residency program.