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Craig M. Klugman, PhD

Craig M. Klugman, PhDPlease Note:

Dr. Klugman has accepted a new position as Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at DePaul University. He can be reached at 773-325-4876 or by email


Craig M. Klugman, PhD, is an associate professor and Assistant Director for Ethics Education at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He holds a doctorate in the medical humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch, a master's in medical anthropology and a master's in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a bachelor's in human biology from Stanford University.

Dr. Klugman has conducted research on ethics education, end-of-life issues, public health ethics, and rural bioethics. He has published over 70 papers and presented his work to national and international audiences. His co-edited volume Ethical Issues in Rural Health Care" (Johns Hopkins University Press hardcover 2008, paperback 2013). He is the producer of the award-winning film, "Advance Directives" and the creator of, an on-line advance care planning program. And he serves as blog editor for, the on-line portal for the American Journal of Bioethics.

Dr. Klugman is co-director of the required clinical module, Medicine, Behavior & Society and directs several electives including Art Rounds, Advanced Research Ethics, Independent Study in Ethics, Clinical Ethics, co-directs Practice Ethics for Healers. Dr. Klugman is faculty advisor to the Medical Ethics Discussion Society, Health in Humanities, Connective Tissue, and the Gay-Straight Alliance.

Dr. Klugman is cross-appointed in the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology and is a clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus and the University of Texas San Antonio.

"The humanities sing to the professional's soul: Exploring philosophy, art, history, literature, film, culture, religion, and the law help us to find the meaning in our work, to stretch our moral imagination, and to reflect on how our work affects the wider community. I love working with health science students to provide them with balance to the hard sciences, to guide them in understanding how to communicate with their patients, to witness their patients' stories, and to find the reason that they have answered their call to medical service. The most rewarding part of my work is when a student's eyes light up because he or she understands that the health sciences are not about the doing of procedures, but about the reasoning and the helping. Taking students on a journey that helps them to hear their song and even to write new verses is why I continue to work at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics."

Craig M. Klugman, PhD
Reuter Professor of Medical Humanities
Assistant Director, Ethics Education