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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Bioethics Expert Named Hastings Center Fellow

Dr. Robert Klitzman, professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and a recognized leader in ethics was elected a 2014 Hastings Center Fellow. The Fellows are a world-wide network of researchers whose contributions in their fields have been influential in bioethics and come from a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, nursing, the sciences, and law. This year’s nine new Fellows bring the total to 202.


Founded in 1969 as an independent nonpartisan bioethics research institute, the Hastings Center addresses ethical issues in health, medicine, and the environment. Their methods and products are considered the gold standard for rigorous interdisciplinary investigation of critical bioethics issues in such areas as: health and health care; children and families; aging, chronic conditions, and care near the end of life; emerging science; and human impact on the natural world.

In addition to his Mailman School appointment, Dr. Klitzman is also a professor of psychiatry at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and director of the Masters of Bioethics Program. He co-founded and for five years co-directed the Center for Bioethics, and was the director of the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the New York State Stem Cell Commission, and a member of the international Ethics Working Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network, and the Research Ethics Advisory Panel of the U.S. Department of Defense.  His books include When Doctors Become Patients, Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing, Mortal Secrets:  Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS (with Ronald Bayer), and The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe (forthcoming from Oxford University Press).