Craig Klugman

Craig Klugman, PhD, is a bioethicist and medical anthropologist who is professor and chair of the Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University in Chicago.

In 2001, he earned his doctorate in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he studied experiences in death and dying in the community and in individuals. That same year, he moved to the University of Nevada Reno where he taught in the Health Ecology major, the Masters of Public Health (MPH) program, and founded the Program in Health Care Ethics.

In 2008, he became the Stewart & Marianne Reuter Professor of Medical Humanities at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio where he taught medical, nursing, public health, and allied health students in ethics, communication, and health policy. In addition, he was a clinical ethics consultant with University Hospital and owner of an improvisational comedy theater.

Klugman is the co-editor of “Ethical Issues in Rural Health Care,” creator of (an advance directive program), producer of the award-winning film “Advance Directives,” and blog editor for His research has focused on ethics education, public health ethics, and research ethics. He is the author of more than 100 publications and has presented internationally on his work.

Heads up: time to say goodbye to football
4 Aug 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: concussion, football, sport
If football was a drug, it'd be banned.

Two wrongs do not make a right, Mr Trump!
30 Jan 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: human dignity, torture
Even the evil of terrorism cannot ever justify torture

What The Martian can teach us about American health care
12 Nov 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, health care, United States
It can be based on optimistic but unreasonable expectations.

Health care in the Islamic State
10 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: ISIS, Islamic State, medical ethics
Medical ethics have been turned upside down for doctors and nurses.

Elderspeak is demeaning
25 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: elderly, elderspeak, human dignity
Why are residents of nursing homes addressed as if they were children?

Ebola can only be beaten if we pull together
17 Oct 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Ebola, epidemics, public health, public health crisis
There's no need for the US to panic, as long as people act like adults, not spoiled teens.

Are we educating doctors to participate in torture?
12 Nov 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, medical ethics, torture, war on terror
A recent report has condemned the role that doctors and psychologists played in "enhanced interrogations".

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