James Stowe, PhD

Center for Practical Bioethics
James Stowe

James Stowe is president and chief executive officer of the Center for Practical Bioethics, a nonprofit organization that raises and responds to ethical issues in health and health care through the applied practice of bioethics. In this role, he strives to ensure that ethics are integral to the social conditions that affect health, health care, and all aspects of patient care.

Stowe previously worked at 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 research laboratory in the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine.

His recent work has focused on 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 common revenue streams.

Stowe 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 of the Partnership to Align Social Care, a national learning and action network; and 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 president of the board of directors of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

He earned a BA in political science and an MS in family studies and human services, with an emphasis in gerontology, from Kansas State University. He holds a PhD in human environmental sciences, with an emphasis in human development and family studies – gerontology, from the University of Missouri.