Robert Klitzman, MD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health. He has extensively studied ethical, social, and psychological issues in medicine and psychiatry, including issues of privacy and disclosure of genetic and other medical information; stigma and discrimination related to HIV infection; issues of medical education and doctor-patient communication; and ethical issues that arise in conducting research in other cultures.
His books include A Year-Long Night: Tales of a Medical Internship; In a House of Dreams and Glass: Becoming A Psychiatrist; Being Positive: The Lives of Men and Women with HIV; The Trembling Mountain: A Personal Account of Kuru, Cannibals, and Mad Cow Disease; and Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS. His papers and other writings have examined issues of HIV disclosure, privacy and HIV prevention policies; professional socialization; healthcare communication among gay and lesbian patients; and other areas.
He has received numerous awards for his work, including a Burroughs-Wellcome Fellowship (for Future Leaders in Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association), an Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellowship, a Picker-Commonwealth Scholar Award, a Visiting Scholar Award at the Russell Sage Foundation, a Merck Company Foundation Fellowship at Yaddo, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residence.