Fr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, served as Provincial of the New England Province of Jesuits from July 31, 2009 to December 2, 2014. Fr. Sheehan joined the New England Province of Jesuits on August 25, 1985, made his novitiate at St. Andrew House in Boston, MA, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 18, 1994. On April 22, 2005, he professed solemn vows in the Society of Jesus.
Fr. Sheehan was born on April 18, 1956, in Marshfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Thayer Academy, Braintree, Massachusetts in 1974, Dartmouth College in 1978 and Dartmouth Medical School in 1981. He trained in Internal Medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital from 1981-1984 and received further training in Geriatrics from the Harvard Geriatric Fellowship Program from 1989-1991. Fr. Sheehan received an M.A. in Philosophy/Health Care Ethics in 1989 from Loyola University of Chicago and an M. Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1994.
From 1991-1995, Fr. Sheehan was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and attending physician and Director of Geriatric Consultation Services at Beth Israel Hospital. In 1995, Fr. Sheehan moved to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. From 1992-1995 Fr. Sheehan was the recipient of a Brookdale Foundation Fellowship in Geriatrics, and from 1999-2001 Fr. Sheehan received a faculty fellowship from the Project on Death in America and developed the Recovering Our Traditions curriculum, aimed at improved end of life care in the Catholic community.
Dr. Sheehan’s activities at Loyola University included administrative, teaching, and curricular development work in his role as Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Ralph P. Leischner, Jr. Institute for Medical Education. He had a practice in geriatric medicine along with his work in end of life care and improving palliative care, especially in Catholic healthcare. Fr. Sheehan was named one of Chicago’s Top Doctors yearly from 2002-2010. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association. In 2007, Fr. Sheehan was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
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