Chairman: Andrew Varney, M.D.
Medical Director, Clinical Ethics Center, Memorial Medical Center
Associate Professor, Department of Medical Humanities/Medicine, SIU School of Medicine
Biographical Sketch: Dr. Varney has been Chairman of the Human Values and Ethics Committee at Memorial Medical Center since 1994 and has been a member since 1991. He is a General Internist and Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at SIU, School of Medicine. He is cross-appointed, an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Humanities and in the Department of Internal Medicine at SIU, School of Medicine. Dr. Varney assisted with the Center's opening in 1995 and has continued as medical director since that time. Dr. Varney received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He has served on the DNR Taskforce for the State of Illinois. Dr. Varney has spoken widely on topics of Advance Directives, Hospital Policy Development, End-of-Life Decision-Making, Withholding and Withdrawing of Treatment and Palliation. He is originally from Ottawa, Illinois.
Vice-Chairman: Therese Meyer-Cox, Ph.D.
Vice-Chairperson, Human Values and Ethics Committee at Memorial Medical Center
Biographical Sketch: Dr. Therese Meyer-Cox has been the Vice-Chairman of the Human Values and Ethics Committee at Memorial Medical Center since the Spring of 2010 and has been a member of the committee for several years. She has been a clinical psychologist at Memorial Medical Center since 1998. She is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology and provides direct clinical services to a wide variety of clinical areas including the medical rehabilitation center, the burn unit, and psychiatry, among others. She is involved with the Bariatric Surgery Program and the Transplant Program, as well. Dr. Meyer-Cox received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Auburn University and completed a 3 year rehabilitation psychology fellowship at the University of Missouri – School of Medicine. She is originally from the Wichita, Kansas area.