Arthur L. Caplan, PhD

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Drs. WIlliam F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics; Director Division of Medical Ethics; Department of Population Health

PhD 1979 - Columbia University

Dr. Caplan

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NYU Langone Medical Center
227 East 30th St. #753C
New York, NY 10016
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Dr. Caplan is the director of the new Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center.


Dr. Caplan is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the New York Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of the board of directors of The Franklin Institute and the Iron Disorders Foundation, the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Ethics Committee, and the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University School of Nursing. He has chaired a number of national and international committees including as the National Cancer Institute Biobanking Ethics Working Group, the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning, and the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Human Services on Blood Safety and Availability. He has also served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses, the special advisory committee to the International Olympic Committee on genetics and gene therapy, the ethics committee of the American Society of Gene Therapy, and the special advisory panel to the National Institutes of Mental Health on human experimentation on vulnerable subjects. Recently he served as the co-director of the Joint Council of Europe/United Nations Study on Trafficking in Organs and Body Parts and is currently the ethics advisor to the Department of Defense (DOD)/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on synthetic biology.

The author or editor of 30 books and more than 550 papers in peer-reviewed journals, he also brings his expertise to popular audiences through a regular column on bioethics for, monthly articles on bioethics and healthcare issues for WebMD/Medscape, and frequent appearances on other national and international media outlets.

Dr. Caplan has garnered many awards and honors over the years for his work, including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association, the Franklin Award from the City of Philadelphia, and the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics for 2011. He was named a Person of the Year for 2001 from USA Today, one of the 10 most influential people in science by Discover magazine in 2008, one of the 50 most influential people in American healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, one of the 10 most influential people in America in biotechnology by the National Journal, and one of the 10 most influential people in the ethics of biotechnology by the editors of Nature Biotechnology.