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 550 articles, book chapters, OpEds, and blog posts on such topics as bioethics, digital medicine, crisis and disaster ethics, 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.

New media coverage

Recent media interviews:

Kuzma, Cindy (March 17, 2020). A Bioethicsts’ Guide to COVID-19. Chicago Magazine.

“We’re asking people to stay at home to minimize the spread of the disease, so we don’t overwhelm the health care system and we protect the people who are most vulnerable.”


Santos, Olivia and Mock, Elizabeth (February 28, 2020). Art Integrated BSN Program Teaches Nurses Humanist Approach. TAMUCC.edu


(February 24, 2020) Would You Pay to Be Part of an Anti-Aging Clinical Trial? CBS The Doctors.


Knowles, Francine. (2019, December 30). Talk To Your Family Now About Advance Care Directives. Chicago Tribune Daily Southtown.

“When people fail to take care of these matters, “you are pretty much leaving the decisions up to people who may not know what you want,” said Craig Klugman, a professor in the Health Sciences at DePaul University, who teaches courses in bioethics, medical humanities and death and dying. In the absence of a medical power of attorney you “could be opening your family up to fights over who makes decisions,” he said. “I’ve seen in the hospital families torn apart because people have different ideas about what the parent would have wanted or the aunt would have wanted.””


Hu, Jane C. (2019, December 9). How Do We Know When Research Participants Truly Give Consent? Future Tense. Slate.

“Such a system may also end up continuing science’s legacy of Western paternalism. “Requiring a rule of assurance and submitting copies of the consent documents might be culturally elitist—it places the Western standard of autonomy above all other ways of thinking of people—placing the individual over the group,” says Craig Klugman, a professor of bioethics at DePaul University. Not every community privileges individual consent in the way Westerners do. Klugman points out that some people may seek permission from a parent, spouse, or village elder.”


North, Bonnie (2019, December 2). A Slippery Slope: Medicine, Technology & Bioethics. Lake Effect. WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio.

My blogs this week

“Thank You for Your Sacrifice”: De Facto Rationing Based on Snake Oil Pitches

“Kaiser’s decision is nothing less than rationing of a now-scarce resource by removing an effective, approved, and life-saving drug from patients who need it, to hold it for hope and prayers. Kaiser was not transparent, did not have a stated method backed by reason as to how allocation decisions should be made, did not inform patients (and families) before acting, has no appeals process, and is practicing the opposite of evidence-based medicine—magical thinking.”

Would You Give Up Your Cell Phone Location Data to Fight COVID?

The question then is how much should we relinquish our civil right to privacy in an effort to stop the pandemic? And if we did allow collecting of (unconsented) data, would we be able to close that door once the epidemic is past?


BioethicsTV (March 16-26)

Medicine has a bias where If the patient agrees with the doctor, few question whether there is capacity to consent. However, if the patient rejects the doctor’s preferences, then capacity is often questioned.

Educator, writer, and consultant in bioethics and health humanities