Geert Craenen

Chief, Eye Service, West Texas VA
Associate Director, Romanell Center
Clinical Ethics Consultant
Associate Clinical Professor, Texas Tech Univ.

Dr. Geert Craenen is an ophthalmic surgeon and a clinical bioethicist. He received his MD and an MS from The Ohio State University and his MBE for The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven with stints at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen and the University of Padova. His research interests include publication ethics, Informed Consent and the ethics of surgical simulation.

In Fall 2018, Dr Craenen became named a Certified Healthcare Ethics Consultant (HEC-C) by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. The first-ever certification program identifies and assesses a national standard for the professional practice of clinical healthcare ethics consulting. The HEC-C credential is an endorsement of the recipient's knowledge of key concepts in healthcare ethics and affirms the recipient's expertise, competence, and skillset.

Geert Craenen.

Geert Craenen

Working Groups

  • Autonomy, Addiction, and Accountability
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Research Ethics




“Moral Courage in the ICU: A Case Analysis Using a New Approach Adapted from the Business Ethics Literature” with Peter Koch. Journal of Hospital Ethics,  Vol. 5, Iss. 3,  (Winter 2019): 100-103.

“Moral Expertise in the Context of Clinical Ethics Consultation” Geert Craenen and Byrnes, Jeffrey in Moral Expertise, New Essays from Theoretical and Clinical BioEthics, JC Watson and LK Guidry-Grimes, Eds. Springer 2018.

“Declaring Conflict of Interest – Current State of Affairs in the Ophthalmic Literature” Schaeffer, J. Aubert-Bonn, N. and Craenen, G Accountability in Research 2017.

Freer. J, Berman, H., Koch, P, and Craenen, G. “Comfort Care Request for a Pre-Term Infant: A Prescriptive Analysis.” American Journal of Bioethics. 17(1). 2017.