I am the Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program, and a member of the Division of Psychiatry, Law and Ethics, and co-founded and for five years co-directed the Center for Bioethics. I have written nine books, and over 140 academic articles, drawing on multi-disciplinary methods to examine ethical, psychological and social issues in a variety of contexts in medicine and psychiatry. Specifically, I have examined decision-making concerning HIV disclosure, genetic testing, reproductive choices among individuals at risk for genetic disorders, Institutional Review Boards, and other topics.
- Professor of Psychiatry (in Sociomedical Sciences) at CUMC
- Director, Masters of Bioethics Program
Credentials & Experience
Education & Training
- BA, 1980 Princeton University
- MD, 1985 Yale University
Committees, Societies, Councils
Journal of Homosexuality
Honors & Awards
Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
Fellow, Russell Sage Foundation
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Picker-Commonwealth Scholar Award 1996-9
Merck Company Foundation Fellow, Yaddo, 2001
Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1993-6
Ethical, psychological and social aspects of decision-making among patients, providers and others concerning HIV, genetics, and other areas: I am currently conducting several studies, including: "Views and Approaches of IRB Members Toward Research Integrity", and "Views and Approaches Toward Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis Among Patients and Providers"
- Global Health
- Healthcare Policy
- Infectious diseases
- Maternal and Reproductive Health
- Mental Health
- Public Health Education
- Doctor, Will You Pray for Me?: Medicine, Chaplains and Healing the Whole Person (Oxford University Press, in press - publication date: April 2024)
- Klitzman, R., Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children, Oxford University Press, NY, 2020.
- Klitzman, R., The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe, Oxford University Press, NY, 2015.
- Klitzman R., Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing, Oxford University Press, NY, 2012
- Klitzman R., Bayer R: Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003
- Klitzman R., In A House of Dreams and Glass: Becoming a Psychiatrist, Simon and Shuster, NY, 1995
- Klitzman R., The Trembling Mountain: A Personal Account of Kuru, Cannibals and Mad Cow Disease, Perseus, NY, 1998
- Klitzman R., When Doctors Become Patients, Oxford University Press, New York, 2007
- Klitzman, R., Being Positive: The Lives of Men and Women with HIV, Ivan R. Dee, Chicago, 1997.
- Klitzman, R., A Year-long Night: Tales of a Medical Internship, Viking, NY, 1989.
Global Health Activities
Ethics of HIV Vaccine Trials: IRB Members' Views, South Africa, Thailand: Dr. Klitzman is interviewing IRB members in the US, South Africa, Thailand, and elsewhere
Urban Health Activities
Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing: Dr. Klitzman's recent book, Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing, based on in-depth interviews with individuals who have or are at risk of a variety of genetic diseases, examines their views of privacy, decisions about genetic testing, participation in research, disclosures to family members and others, etc.
When Doctors Become Patients: Dr. Klitzman's book, When Doctors Become Patients, is based on a series of in-depth interviews with 70 physicians who became patients due to a variety of serious illnesses. The book examines how these individuals change their views of risks and benefits, doctor-patient relationships and interactions, end of life care, spirituality, and other issues.