Kelly K. Dineen, RN, JD, PhD
Director, Health Law Program
School of Law
- Assistant Professor
- Health Law Survey, Bioethics and the Law, Torts, Drug and Device Law and Policy
Kelly K. Dineen is the director of the health law program at Creighton University School of Law and an Assistant Professor of Law. She holds a PhD, with distinction, in health care ethics from Saint Louis University, as well as a JD, with a concentration in health care law. Professor Dineen practiced nursing for over a decade before attending law school, first in a neurosurgical and abdominal transplant intensive care unit and then in a functional neurosurgery practice primarily caring for patients with movement disorders and high impact chronic pain. After law school, Professor Dineen practiced health care law, representing providers and organizations in matters ranging from administrative appeals to licensure issues to fraud and abuse concerns. In academia, she served as the Assistant Director for the nation's top health law program at Saint Louis University. She also served as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Saint Louis University School of Law as well as a faculty member in health law and ethics, teaching bioethics and the law and drug and device law. Professor Dineen has served on multiple hospital ethics committees, Institutional Review Boards, and Conflicts of Interest in Research committees. Her research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on the impact of decision making by law makers, policy makers, and providers on health care quality. Currently she is working on issues around opioid and drug policy as well as the impact of decision making on patients with highly stigmatized conditions; especially pain, substance use disorder (addiction), and serious mental illness. Her work has been published in leading health law journals, such as the American Journal of Law & Medicine, the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy. Professor Dineen has been quoted by media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Associated Press, Vice.com, and NPR. A more complete listing of her scholarship, teaching, and research interests can be found on her Curriculum Vitae.
- Kelly K. Dineen, Legal Issues, in Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management 24 (Linda D. Urden, Kathleen M. Stacy & Mary E. Lough eds., 8th ed. 2018), 2018
- Kelly K. Dineen & Adam Ruggles, Legal Regulation of Opioid Prescribing, in Peppin, Coleman, & Dineen, Prescription Drug Diversion and Pain: History, Policy and Treatment, Oxford University Press (2018).
, Oxford University Press, 2018
- Kelly K. Dineen, Opioid Prescribing in Stigmatized and Special Populations, in Peppin, Coleman, & Dineen, Prescription Drug Diversion and Pain: History, Policy and Treatment, Oxford University Press (2018)., Oxford University Press, 2018
- Kelly K. Dineen, Ethical Issues, in Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management, 12 (Urden L., Stacy K., & Lough M.eds, 8th ed. 2018). , Elsevier, 2018
- Kelly K. Dineen, Ethical Issues in Critical Care, IN Urden L., Stacy K., & Lough M. CRITICAL CARE NURSING: DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT (8th ed. 2017)., Elsevier, 2017
- Rebecca Volpe, Erin Bakanas, Kelly K. Dineen, & James M. DuBois, EXPLORING INTEGRITY IN MEDICINE: THE BANDER CENTER FOR MEDICAL BUSINESS ETHICS CASEBOOK. St. Louis: Saint Louis University, (2nd ed. 2016)., 2016
- Kelly K. Dineen, Legal & Ethical Issues in Critical Care, IN Urden L., Stacy K., & Lough M. PRIORITIES IN CRITICAL CARE NURSING (7th ed. 2015).
, Elsevier, 2015
- Rebecca Volpe, Erin Bakanas, Kelly K. Dineen, & James M. DuBois, EXPLORING INTEGRITY IN MEDICINE: THE BANDER CENTER FOR MEDICAL BUSINESS ETHICS CASEBOOK. St. Louis: Saint Louis University, (2014)., 2014
- Kelly K. Dineen, Legal Issues in Critical Care, IN Urden L., Stacy K., & Lough M. CRITICAL CARE NURSING: DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT (7th ed.) (2013)., Elsevier, 2013
- Kelly K. Dineen, Commentary: Patients as Victims, in Dellasega C. & Volpe R., Toxic Nursing: Managing Bullying, Bad Attitudes and Total Turmoil (Spring 2013). , Sigma Theta Tau, 2013
- Kelly K. Dineen, Defining Misprescribing to Inform Prescription Opioid Policy, Hastings Cent. Rep., Jul./Aug. 2018, at 5., Hastings Center Report, 48 (4), 5-6, 2018
- James M. Dubois, John T. Chibnall, Emily E. Anderson, Heidi A. Walsh, Michelle Eggers, Kari Baldwin and Kelly K. Dineen, Exploring unnecessary invasive procedures in the United States: a retrospective mixed-methods analysis of cases from 2008-2016, 11 Patient Safety in Surgery 30 (2017). , 2017
- Kelly K. Dineen, Introduction to the Symposium Edition, 10 SAINT LOUIS U. J. HEALTH L. & POL’Y 1 (2017).
- Jalal B. Jalay, Kelly K. Dineen, & Ann Gronowski, A 30-Year-Old Patient Who Refuses to be Drug Tested, 62 Clinical Chemistry 6, 807-810 (peer reviewed; selected as the featured case study for AACC Science & Practice) (June 2016).
, Clin Chem Lab Med, 62, 807-810, 2016
- Kelly K. Dineen, Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse Concerns in Context: Synchronizing Policy Solutions to Multiple Complex Public Health Problems, 40 L. & PSYCH. REV. 1 (2016)(lead article). , Law & Psychology Review, 40:1, 2016
- Kelly K. Dineen & James M. DuBois, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Can Physicians Prescribe Opioids to Treat Pain Adequately While Avoiding Legal Sanction? 42 AMER. J.L. & MED. 1, 7 (lead article) (Spring 2016). , American Journal of Law and Medicine, 42: 1, 2016
- Kelly K. Dineen, Moral Disengagement of Medical Providers: Another Clue to the Continued Neglect of Treatable Pain? 13 HOUSTON J. HEALTH L. & POLICY 2,163 (2013). , Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy, 13, 2, 2013
- Richard J. Bonnie, Stephanie Wright, & Kelly K. Dineen, Legal Authority to Preserve Organs in Cases of Uncontrolled Cardiac Death: Preserving Family Choice, 36 J. L. MED. & ETHICS 741 (2008).
, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 36, 741, 2008
- Kelly K. Dineen & Daniel Goldberg, Editors, Symposium on Living in Pain in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis, 8 Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 3 (2018).
, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, 2018
- Kelly K. Dineen & Margaret Bultas, Parenting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Through the Transition to Adulthood, 2 Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research 3 (Winter 2012) (Symposium Editor)., Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, 2: 3, 2012
- Kelly K. Dineen, Kathleen Boozang, Robert Schwartz, Barbara Miltenberger, & Alene Haskell, Considerations for People with Disabilities and Their Families, American Health Lawyers Association Public Information Series (Spring 2009).
- Kelly K. Dineen, Responsibility and Collaboration in Health Team Care, 11 Virtual Mentor (now AMA J. of Ethics) 3, 247 (2009). , American Medical Association, 11: 3, 2009
- Defining Misprescribing to Inform Prescription Opioid Policy, 48 Hastings Center Report 4, 5-6(2018)., Hastings Center Report
Editing and Reviews
- John Peppin, John Coleman, & Kelly K. Dineen, Prescription Drug Diversion and Pain: History, Policy, and Treatment, Oxford University Press (2018)., Oxford University Press, 2018
- The Opioid Crisis: Paths Forward to Mitigate Regulatory Failure, Utah Law Review Symposium, November 2018, Salt Lake City, UT.
- Update on the Opioid Crisis, St. Louis Areas Health Law Association, November 2018, St. Louis, MO.
- Impact on Caregivers: Moral Distress and Compassion Fatigue Relating to Caring for Patients with Addiction, 2018 Ethics Colloquium: Responding Compassionately to Addiction: A Catholic Perspective, September 2018, Cincinnati, OH.
- Defining Inappropriate Prescribing to Improve Opioid Policy Development and Evaluation,The Opioid Crisis and the Law, Kansas Law Review Symposium, September 2018, Lawrence, KS.
- Important Opioid Facts for Judges, Iowa Judicial Branch Judges Conference, June 2018, Des Moines, IA.
- Decision Making Errors and Opioid Policy, Health Law Professors’ Conference, June 2018, Cleveland, OH.
- Taboo Talks: Conversations about Sex and Reproductive Rights,Creighton University, April 2018, Omaha, NE.
- Addressing Pain in the Midst of Opioid Crisis: Alternative Facts and Discarded Realties, 30thAnnual Health Law Symposium, Saint Louis University, April 2018, St. Louis, MO.
- Legal and Ethical Dilemmas in Dental Practice, American College of Dentists Meeting, Creighton Dental School, March 2018, Omaha, NE.
- Impact of Opioid Regulation on Legitimate Opioid Prescribing, UNLV School of Law Conference—Battling the Opioid Epidemic: Critical Insights from Healthcare and Law, February 2018.
- Angry White Men and the Alpha Male Blues: Shootings and Sexual Harassment, Speaking Truth Series Panel, Creighton University, November 2017, Omaha, NE.
- Disability, Vulnerability, and Inclusion: Clinical, Ethical, Legal, and Humanistic Perspectives, American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, Annual Meeting, October 2017, Kansas City, MO. , 2017
- Pizza and Policy: Health Policy & Ethics Conversation on Health Reform, Creighton University Center for Health Policy and Ethics, September 2017, Omaha, NE.
- Ethics in Laboratory Medicine: Ethical and Legal Issues in Drug Testing, American Association of Clinical Chemistry, Annual Meeting, August 2017, San Diego, CA.
- Discussion Group: Hot Issues in Health Law and Public Health Ethics, moderator, panel member, and organizer, Southeastern American Law Schools Annual Meeting, July 2017, Boca Raton, FL, 2017
- Sex, Drugs, and Mental Health: Ethics and Policy Around Taboo Issues in Health Law Practice, Nebraska State Bar Association, Health Law Section, July 2017, Omaha, NE.
- Illuminating Neuromodulation Device Industry Gifts to Physicians through the Sunshine Act
Annual Health Law Professors Conference, June 2017, Atlanta, GA.
Research and Scholarship Interests
- Health law and regulation; bioethics (including end of life and reproductive issues); opioids, pain, addiction; life sciences law (drug, device, and biotechnology regulation, including clinical research compliance); health care professional regulation and discipline; professionalism; neuroscience and the law; medical business ethics (including fraud and abuse and conflict of interest issues)
Current Research Projects
- Health care provider decision making and professionalism; health inequities; the impact of decisions by regulators, policymakers, and providers on socially disenfranchised and stigmatized groups (including individuals with chronic pain, addiction/substance use disorders, serious mental illness, and suicidality); legal regulation of health care providers; opioid policy and drug policy generally.
- Oral and Written Dissertation Awarded with Distinction, Saint Louis University , 2015
- Legal Scholar, Women's Justice Awards, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, 2013
- Leadership Award, Saint Louis University Women's Commission, 2011
- Nominee-University Faculty Member of the Year, Saint Louis University, 2007
- Team Coach, National Health Law Moot Court Champions, American Society for Legal Medicine, 2006