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At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Kenneth Prager, M.D.

Lecturer; Professor of Medicine/Director of Medical Ethics/Chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee, Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Kenneth Prager spent two years in the Indian Health Service practicing general medicine on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota after his medical internship. Dr. Prager held clandestine medical clinics in the Soviet Union during a visit to Refuseniks in 1986 and later set up the first U.S.-Soviet medical student exchange program between Columbia P&S and the First Moscow Medical Academy.

Dr. Prager has been a pulmonologist for over 40 years. He is heavily involved in teaching pulmonology and medical ethics to medical students, house officers, and nurses. His writings on medicine and medical ethics have appeared in medical journals and textbooks as well as on the op-ed pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Prager was a regular guest lecturer in Israel for the Ben Gurion University MD Program in International Health and Medicine in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences. He has received honors for his teaching, clinical expertise, contributions to organ donation, and medical humanism. He received the Columbia University Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University 2015 graduation.


  • M.D., Harvard Medical School
  • B.A., Columbia University