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Robert Klitzman

Robert Klitzman is the director of the M.S. in Bioethics program, and is a professor of clinical psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He co-founded and for five years co-directed the Columbia University Center for Bioethics, and is the director of the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center.

He has published seven books and numerous journal articles and chapters on critical issues in bioethics including genetics, neuro-ethics, HIV prevention, research ethics, and doctor-patient relationships. His books include When Doctors Become Patients, A Year-Long Night: Tales of a Medical Internship, In a House of Dreams and Glass: Becoming a Psychiatrist, Being Positive: The Lives of Men and Women With HIV, Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS (with Ronald Bayer), Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate and Other Genetic Journeys, and The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe.

Klitzman has received numerous awards for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, as well as fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the Aaron Diamond Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is a member of the Empire State Stem Cell Commission, and serves on the Department of Defense’s U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Research Ethics Advisory Panel. Klitzman is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has been widely interviewed about bioethical issues on CNN, ABC and NPR, among others.

Klitzman received an A.B. degree from Princeton University, an M.D. from Yale University, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.