Craig Klugman, Ph.D. is a professor of bioethics and health humanities at DePaul University where he co-directs the Bioethics & Society minor program. Dr. Klugman also serves on the ethics committee at Northwestern University Hospital. He is the author of over 450 articles, book chapters, OpEds, and blog posts on such topics as bioethics, digital medicine, professionalism, end-of-life issues, public health ethics, research ethics, education, health/medical humanities, ethics of execution, and health policy. He is the blog editor and frequent writer for bioethics.net as well as creator of the BioethicsTV column. Dr. Klugman is the editor of several books including Research Methods in the Health Humanities (Oxford 2019), Medical Ethics (Gale Cengage 2016), and Ethical Issues in Rural Health (Hopkins 2013; 2008). He is the executive producer of the award winning film Advance Directives and has developed programs for using art and improvisational theater to teach health students. He  frequently gives talks to universities, medical and nursing groups, companies, and community organizations as well as consults with hospitals, pharmaceutical and tech companies. Dr. Klugman has been interviewed for The New York Times, LA Times, ABC News, HBO Vice, New Republic, National Geographic, Men’s Health, and NPR. Besides numerous academic journals, his writing has appeared in Pacific Standard Magazine, Huffington Post, LifeMattersMedia, Chicago Tribune, Medium, Cato Unbound, The Hill, San Francisco Chronicle and the Houston Chronicle.

My blogs this week

 

Big Brother Is Watching: Mental Illness, Gun Control and a Profitable Proposal to Surveil the Public

“HARPA would be like a vacuum cleaner, sucking up your digital health data which the federal government would then give away to private contractors.”


Are We Ready For A Blood Test That Shows When You Might Die?

“I could be wrong, but I do not think the additional information from a death test is likely to change many patient and family choices.”

New media coverage

Recent media interviews:

Guest on The Roy Green on Canadian Corus Radio talking about whether there is a duty to have fewer children to save the environment (September 15, 2019)

Click here to listen to the podcast.


Worldview. WBEZ. Chicago. (2019, August 28). Speaking on capital punishment and euthanasia.


Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS Rogers radio in Kitchener, On. Canada (2019, August 19).

Starts at 64:04


Kirkey, Sharon (2019, August 19). Is it immoral to have babies in the era of climate change? National Post (Canada).

“We have children because we want to leave a legacy, we want to be part of the future,” Klugman said. We also want someone to take care of us when we grow old. “We need to give people ways to fulfill these drives and these needs that don’t necessarily require each person to have their own kid.”


Castellano J and Racino B. (2019, July 25). Eye doctors decry risky study on babies in China involving UCSD researchers. inewsource.org.

I don’t think (China is) necessarily adopting Western values when it comes to research,” said Klugman, the bioethicist at DePaul. “I think what they’re doing is adopting the Western process for research. But when you’re doing that without the underlying philosophy of the importance of the individual making decisions, then it’s kind of a meaningless system.”


AirTalk, KPCC 89.3 (Los Angeles NPR Affiliate) (July 16, 2019).

For something like Alzheimer’s, where there’s very little we can do other than adopt a healthy lifestyle, I think that this can cause more stress than good. What if you find you’re at risk and decide not to have kids, or not to put away money for retirement?@CraigKlugman”


Lazarus, David (2019, July 16). Alexa May Be Key to Amazon’s looming Domination of the Health Care Market. LA Times. https://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-amazon-healthcare-privacy-20190716-story.html

This is powerful information we’re talking about,” said Craig Klugman, a professor of health science at DePaul University. “Personally, I would never share such information with an intelligent voice system. I wouldn’t trust it.”



Pickus, Abigail (2019, June). Creative Sources of Knowledge. DePaul Magazine.

“‘I think you start with humanities, because healing is about connecting with other people,” he says.'”


Fottrell, Quentin (2019. June). GoFundMe Has Revolutionized How We Give, But Is That a Good Thing? Town and Country.  

“‘Craig Klugman, professor of bioethics and health humanities at DePaul University in Chicago, suggests a simple litmus test: Ask for money online only if you really need it and if you wouldn’t be ashamed to ask for it in person. “Would you knock on your neighbor’s door to fund your spring break trip?” he asks. “Probably not.‘”

Upcoming Talks

  • Ethics of AIs and Health, October 1, Medical Ethics Rounds. Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago, Illinois.
  • Smart Pills, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, October 8
  • “Essential Elements of Bioethics Blogging: A Workshop” 21st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Room 308, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
  • “Health Humanities in Medical Education: Advancing Character and Caring and developing Practical Wisdom.”, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, November 5

Educator, writer, and consultant in bioethics and health humanities