Dr. Lex Tartaglia is Professor Emeritus in Patient Counseling having held the appointment of Katherine I. Lantz Professor from 2010 to 2020. He served as Senior Associate Dean for the College of Health Professions for 12 years prior to his retirement in 2020. He served as Chair of the Department of Patient Counseling from 1996 to 2008 as well as Director of Pastoral Care for the VCU Health System from 1996 to 2007. He continues to serve on the hospital Ethics Committee after having served as committee co-chair for 20+ years.
Dr. Tartaglia holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.A. (Theological Ethics), M. Div., and D. Min. (Psychology and Clinical Studies) degrees from Andover-Newton Theological School. He is a Certified Educator by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. and a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. He has published in diverse areas such as organ donation, spirituality and HIV disease, clinical pastoral education, provider stress, ethics, and disability employment.