Dr. Robert Klitzman

Robert Klitzman

Robert Klitzman is the director of the M.S. in Bioethics program, and is a professor of clinical psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He co-founded and for five years co-directed the Columbia University Center for Bioethics.

He has published seven books and over 100 articles and chapters on critical issues in bioethics including genetics, neuroethics, HIV prevention, research ethics, global bioethics, and doctor-patient relationships.  His books include When Doctors Become Patients Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing, A Year-Long Night: Tales of a Medical InternshipIn a House of Dreams and Glass: Becoming a PsychiatristBeing Positive: The Lives of Men and Women With HIVThe Trembling Mountain: A Personal Account of Kuru, Cannibals and Mad Cow Disease, and, with Ronald Bayer, Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS.

Klitzman has received numerous awards for his work, including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the Aaron Diamond Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.  He is a gubernatorial appointee to the Empire State Stem Cell Commission, and serves on the US Department of Defense’s Medical Research and Materiel Command Research Ethics Advisory Panel.   He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has been widely interviewed about bioethical issues on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and NPR.

Klitzman received an A.B. degree from Princeton University, an M.D. from Yale University, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.