One of the Foremost Experts on Bioethics and the Ethics of Health Care Reform
—The New York Times Magazine
Prior to coming to NYU, Art Caplan was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia where he created the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Ethics. Caplan has also taught at the University of Minnesota, where he founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He was the Associate Director of the Hastings Center from 1984-1987.
Born in Boston, Caplan did his undergraduate work at Brandeis University. He did his graduate work at Columbia University where he received a Ph.D in the history and philosophy of science in 1979.
Caplan is the author or editor of thirty-two books and over 600 papers in peer reviewed journals. His most recent books are Contemporary Debates in Bioethics (Wiley, 2013), Applied Ethics in Mental Healthcare: An Interdisciplinary Reader (MIT Press, 2013), and The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics (Springer, 2009).
He has served on a number of national and international committees including as the Chair, 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; the special advisory panel to the National Institutes of Mental Health on human experimentation on vulnerable subjects. He recently served as the Co-Director of the Joint Council of Europe/United Nations Study on Trafficking in Organs and Body Parts. He is currently the ethics advisor to DOD/DARPA on synthetic biology.
He is a member of the board of directors of The Franklin Institute, the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University School of Nursing and the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Professors Foundation.
Caplan writes a regular column on bioethics for NBC.com. He is a monthly commentator on bioethics and health care issues for WebMD/Medscape. He appears frequently as a guest and commentator on various other national and international media outlets.
Caplan is the recipient of many awards and honors including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association and the Franklin Award from the City of Philadelphia. He received the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics for 2011. He was a person of the Year-2001 from USA Today. He was described as one of the ten most influential people in science by Discover magazine in 2008. He has also been honored as one of the fifty most influential people in American health care by Modern Health Care magazine, one of the ten most influential people in America in biotechnology by the National Journal, one of the ten most influential people in the ethics of biotechnology by the editors of Nature Biotechnology.
Caplan holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the NY Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Must We Ration Health Care?
Arthur Caplan is playing a key role in the nation's effort to implement health reform. He is consulted by officials in the White House, Federal agencies, patient advocacy groups, health care provider organizations, insurance companies and federal legislators for his views on the ethics of enacting health reform. He is particularly interested in how allocation and rationing decisions will be made as health reform evolves, especially when it concerns end-of-life care issues. He is also knowledgeable about the role that consent, choice and privacy will play as the health system moves toward mandates and a greater reliance on electronic medical records. Caplan also addresses the core question of health reform—what is next as reform has become a reality, what should be covered, what is the patient's role in managing prevention and their own health as well as if the nation's health care system handle increased demand for services.
Bioethics: Just Because We can, Should We?
Should you eat genetically engineered foods? Should athletes be allowed to use prosthetic legs, or inhale oxygen when competing at high altitudes? Should the highest bidder win a donated organ? And just because we can pick the sex of our babies, should we? We each face bioethical decisions that grow more complex as technology advances, and as it does so at a pace faster than society is capable to cope — legally and ethically. Whether you work on Wall Street or live on Main Street, work in the healthcare, insurance, finance or pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology affects your personal and professional life, every day. Art Caplan provides audiences with a glimpse of the most astounding scientific advancements that will become a reality in short order. These advancements prompt the question: just because it's possible, should we? He then shares an ethical framework to think through some of the most difficult issues facing Americans today, and the impact these issues have on our lives. In a customized presentation for your industry, Caplan can gear his talk to a variety of subfields including stem cell research, genetically engineered foods, right to die, and a host of other urgent, bio-ethical issues in the news.
Ethical Challenges on BioMedical and Health Research in Developed and Developing Nations.
This talk will outline the current agenda of, and obstacles to, biomedical and health research in developed and developing countries.
Contemporary Debates in Bioethics
Contemporary Debates in Bioethics features a timely collection of highly readable, debate-style arguments contributed by many of today’s top bioethics scholars, focusing on core bioethical concerns of the twenty-first century.
– Written in an engaging, debate-style format for accessibility to non-specialists
– Features general introductions to each topic that precede scholarly debates
– Presents the latest, cutting-edge thoughts on relevant bioethics ideas, arguments, and debates
Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Reader
This book discusses some of the most critical ethical issues in mental health care today, including the moral dimensions of addiction, patient autonomy and compulsory treatment, privacy and confidentiality, and the definition of mental illness itself. Although debates over these issues are ongoing, there are few comprehensive resources for addressing such dilemmas in the practice of psychology, psychiatry, social work, and other behavioral and mental health care professions. This book meets that need, providing foundational background for undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses.
Topics include central questions such as evolving views of the morality and pathology of deviant behavior; patient competence and the decision to refuse treatment; recognizing and treating people who have suffered trauma; addiction as illness; the therapist’s responsibility to report dangerousness despite patient confidentiality; and boundaries for the therapist’s interaction with patients outside of therapy, whether in the form of tennis games, gift-giving, or social media contact. For the most part the selections address contemporary issues in contemporary terms, but the book also offers a few historic or classic essays, including Thomas S. Szasz’s controversial 1971 article “The Ethics of Addiction.” Contributors include Laura Weiss Roberts, Frederic G. Reamer, Charles P. O’Brien, and Thomas McLellan.
The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics
The Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania is the internationally recognized leader in bioethical education and research. Its interdisciplinary faculty is drawn from the fields of medicine, law, nursing, education, philosophy, psychology, and religious studies. Arthur L. Caplan, the Center's founding director, is recognized as one of the most influential experts in bioethics. He has authored numerous books and articles, and served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on human cloning.
The Penn Center's leading fellows, Autumn Fiester and Vardit Ravitsky, have combined their expertise with Dr. Caplan and over 80 other contributors to create The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics—the foremost authority on both traditional and cutting-edge bioethical issues. The Penn Guide navigates uncharted ethical terrains, undoubtedly shaping both academic and public discourses on the challenging controversies generated by new technologies, theories, and medical advances.
This volume represents the Penn Center's distinct, pioneering approach to bioethics, one that emphasizes empirical treatment of bioethical issues, and the integration of bioethical scholarship with practical application.
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