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, The Daily Beast, Sinclair Broadcasting, Scripps News Service, 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:

Kaufman, Mark (June 11, 2020). The Pandemics Most Bitter Pill: Plagues and disease are familiar villains in human history. Mashable.

“Wild medical discoveries that change the course of history — namely penicillin — can happen. “But those are rare,” emphasized DePaul University’s Klugman. “Science does not work that way. It works that way in Star Trek. But that’s not the real world. Science is slow. Science is methodical.”

Ballew, Jonathan (May 15, 2020). ‘Selfish and Gross’: Illinois Natives Plan Bar Sprees in Wisconsin. The Daily Beast.

“While you made the decision to expose yourself, your family, your friends, and your neighbors did not get to make that choice—you forced it on them,”

“Transparency Is Central Ethical Concern During COVID-19 Pandemic” Medical Ethics Advisor 36 (5, 2020 May), pp. 54-56.

“People can deal with adversity and disappointment,” Klugman says. “What they can’t deal with is what they don’t know about.”

Flores, Hillary (May 14, 2020). The best kinds of face masks to purchase, according to health experts. The DePaulia

Blakely, Linda (May 13, 2020). DePaul Bioethicists and Their Role in the Fight Against COVID-19. DePaul Downloads [podcast].

“Instead of focusing on individual patients as much as we used to, we’re now focused on systems and populations and communities. We’re not just looking at what is the best choice for this one patient, but what is the best choice for the community and how to distribute scarce resources”

Loiacponi, Stephen (May 11, 2020). Protests, confrontations rise amid tensions over easing coronavirus restrictions. Sinclair Broadcast.

“One of the ironies of public health is that when it works, nothing happens. No one gets sick and no one dies,” Klugman said.”

Kaufman, Mark (April 24, 2020). What needs to happen before your boss can make you return to work. Mashable.

“Now we’re saying people can work, but you could get this disease and bring it home,” said Craig Klugman, a bioethicist and medical anthropologist at DePaul University. “It’s unfair for society to make that sort of sacrifice. We need to give people the support they need to get through this.”

Schutze, Jim (April 16, 2020). Problem with Channel 8 Miracle Drug Story if Stupid News, Not Fake News. Dallas Observer. – Citing my blog post 

Quraishi, Ash-har (April 1, 2020). Healthcare Workers Face Difficult Choices in Fight Against Coronavirus. Scripps Media (TV).

“When you call 9-1-1 because your loved one can’t breath, there will be no one coming. That’s the worst case scenario.”


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.

New OpEd

My latest OpEd, in the Chicago Tribune

“This policy of sharing names with first responders is such a misstep by violating patients’ privacy rights and reinforcing discrimination and stereotypes while providing no additional safety to first responders.”

My blogs this week

(2020, June 10). Our Response to Racism Should Not Be More Unpaid Work for Black Faculty-Part I. Bioethics.net

“Without a doubt bioethics and medicine need greater diversity and inclusiveness. The answer, however, is not found in requiring a higher service load of faculty of color but rather for everyone to embrace the goals of social injustice and equity and the work that will require.”

(2020, June 5).  Where Have All the Bioethicists Gone? Bioethics.net

The question is not “what can bioethics do” but rather “what will bioethics do?”

with Michelson K, Parsi K (2020, June 5). Local Bioethicists Respond to the Pandemic: The Birth of the COVID-19 Chicago Bioethics Coalition (CBC).

Our hope is that members of the CBC can continue to help each other assist their respective institutions, as well as bring more light than heat to this critical public health crisis.

with Feltman D  (2020, June 3). No Quick Fix, But Now Is the Time

As bioethicists, let’s come together–as white, black, or brown, Ivy-league, state school, or Jesuit school graduate, philosopher, physician or lawyer–as persons.  When we engage in these discussions, with respect for persons as central, we will become agents for justice in the social determinants, ensuring opportunities for health for all.

Educator, writer, and consultant in bioethics and health humanities