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Arthur Caplan

Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D., is the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Caplan is the author or editor of 29 books and over 500 papers in refereed journals. His most recent books are Smart Mice Not So Smart People (Rowman Littlefield, 2006) and the Penn Guide to Bioethics (Springer, 2009). Dr. Caplan writes a regular column on bioethics for and is a frequent guest and commentator on various media outlets.

He has served on a number of national and international committees including as the chair of the National Cancer Institute Biobanking Ethics Working Group, the chair of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning, the chair of the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Human Services on Blood Safety and Availability, 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, chair of the advisory committee on bioethics for GlaxoSmithKline, and the special advisory panel to the National Institutes of Mental Health on human experimentation on vulnerable subjects. He is currently the co-director of the Joint Council of Europe/United Nations Study on Trafficking in Organs and Body Parts. He is a member of the board of directors of The Keystone Center, Tengion, the National Center for Policy Research on Women and Families, Octagon, Iron Disorders Foundation, and the National Disease Research Interchange. He is also on the board of visitors of the Columbia University School of Nursing.

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Smart Mice, Not-So-Smart People: An Interesting and Amusing Guide to Bioethics by Arthur Caplan (2012)


"Engineering the Better Baby"   Project Syndicate  Dec 11, 2015

"Merge Away!!!"   The Health Care Blog  Sep 15, 2015

"Bioethicist: Why Connecticut Teen Can’t Say No to Chemo"  Jan 8, 2015

"Three-Parent Babies Are an Ethical Choice"     Mar 1, 2014

"Caplan: The case against care for those who are brain dead"  Jan 10, 2014

"Genetically Modified Food: Good, Bad, Ugly"   Search Results The Chronicle of Higher Education  Sep 12, 2013

"Get ready for the risks of genetic testing"   CNN  Mar 12, 2013

"Why It Is Ethical to Cure the Disease of Aging"  Feb 27, 2013

"Treat violence as public health issue"   NBC News  Dec 18, 2012

"‘But Everybody’s Doing It!’ Lance Armstrong and the Philosophy of Making Bad Decisions"   The Atlantic  Aug 31, 2012

"For Organ Donation, Facebook Beats the DMV"  Jun 20, 2012

"German Doctors Apologize for Holocaust Horrors"  Jun 14, 2012

"A Modest Proposal: to solve health spending crisis, Tax Cats"  Jun 3, 2012

"At-Home HIV Test Raises Ethical Questions"   VITALS  May 24, 2012

"Should scientists create deadly viruses?"   MSNBC  Dec 28, 2011

"When censoring science makes sense"   CNN Opinion  Dec 22, 2011

"Plan B ruling trumps good science with bad policy"   MSNBC  Dec 11, 2011

"The Ethics of Assassination"   Ethical Technology  May 3, 2011

"What Should Doctors Do For Patients In Disasters When They Cannot Be Saved?"   MSNBC  Mar 19, 2011

"‘Death panels’ are back - and that’s good"   Milford Daily News  Jan 3, 2011

"‘Super’ salmon: Safety concerns overblown, but consumers have right to know"   MSNBC  Sep 21, 2010

"Now ain’t that special? The implications of creating the first synthetic bacteria"   Scientific American  May 21, 2010

"Tackling a gruesome trade"   Philadelphia Inquirer  Oct 20, 2009

"Right to reform"   Journal of Clinical Investigation  Oct 3, 2009

"Spinning the globe offers lessons in health care"   MSNBC  Sep 21, 2009

Recent Multimedia

The Ethics Of Gene Editing   2015-12-11

Sex Robots Are Coming   2015-11-11

Is The Ebola Crisis (in the US) As Severe As The Media is Making It Out To Be?   2014-10-23

Ethics of Erasing Memory   2011-01-05


Arthur Caplan in Forbes article on football safety (Mar 10, 2016)

CBS Approves Pilot of TV Drama Based on Work of IEET Advisor Arthur Caplan (Sep 06, 2014)

CBS Gives Pilot Production Commitment to Drama Based on Bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan (Aug 09, 2014)

Bioethicist Arthur Caplan receives 2014 Public Service Award for an individual (Mar 25, 2014)

Art Caplan Joins IEET Board of Trustees (Sep 22, 2009)

Past Appearances

IEET Trustees Art Caplan & Martine Rothblatt give Workshop on “Lung Transplant Ethics” (New Haven, CT USA - Apr 03, 2014)


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