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.

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Recent media interviews:

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.

Pandika, Melissa (2019, October 13). Young blood may hold the weapons for targeting age-related diseases. Chemical and Engineering News 97(40).

“Treatments that deliver individual factors targeting specific conditions may feel more palatable than dystopian scenarios of forced blood donation by the young, but they still raise thorny ethical questions. Most likely only the wealthy would have access to these factors, which are not likely to be covered by insurance or Medicare and Medicaid, says Craig M. Klugman, a bioethicist at DePaul University. This, in turn, could result in a healthier, longer-lived wealthy class and shorter-lived middle- and lower-income classes. Klugman also notes that improving the lives of the majority by devoting resources to their basic needs—which we can already do—“outweighs the science fiction dreams of a few.””


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)

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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.


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


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



Educator, writer, and consultant in bioethics and health humanities