James Stowe, PhD


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James Stowe, PhD, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Practical Bioethics, a nonprofit organization that raises and responds to ethical issues and health and healthcare through the applied practice of bioethics. In this role, he strives to ensure that ethics are integral to the social conditions that affect health and healthcare and all aspects of patient care.

James came to the Center from the Mid-America Regional Council, where he served as Director of Aging and Adult Services, a department designated as an Area Agency on Aging, and an incubator of a Community Care Hub that delivered community services and supports to individuals with complex social and medical needs. He also worked at a Washington University School of Medicine research laboratory in the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Sciences.

His recent work has focused on the alignment of the health and social care sectors, developing business acumen within nonprofit organizations, and strengthening collaboration among community-based organizations under a common mission and revenue streams.

James earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Family Studies and Human Services, with an emphasis in Gerontology, from Kansas State University. He completed a Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences, with an emphasis in Human Development and Family Studies – Gerontology, at the University of Missouri.

James serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the St. Albina Wellness Center, Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Council on Aging, Co-Chair of the Community Care Hub Workgroup under the national Partnership to Align Social Care, and as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the University of Missouri – Kansas City’s Healthcare Institute for Innovations in Quality. He recently completed two terms as the President of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (ma4).

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