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Robert Klitzman

Professor of Psychiatry (in Sociomedical Sciences) at the Columbia University Medical Center
College of Physicians and Surgeons , Public Health
1051 Riverside Dr.,Unit #29 NY, NY 10025
  • Director, Masters of Bioethics Program
  • Director, Ethics, Policy and Human Rights Core, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Paris

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.

Research & Other Works
Unconventional combinations of prospective parents: ethical challenges faced by IVF providers
How much is a child worth? Providers’ and patients’ views and responses concerning ethical and policy challenges in paying for ART
Linguistic and Cultural Challenges in Communication and Translation in US-Sponsored HIV Prevention Research in Emerging Economies
Pleasing doctors: when it gets in the way
"Post-Residency Disease" and the Medical Self: Identity, Work, and Health Care Among Doctors Who Become Patients
Coercion and undue influence in decisions to participate in psychiatric research – methodological issues
From anonymity to “open doors”: IRB responses to tensions with researchers
How local IRBs view central IRBs in the US
The Ethics Police?: IRBs' Views Concerning Their Power
“Members of the Same Club”: Challenges and Decisions Faced by US IRBs in Identifying and Managing Conflicts of Interest
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis on in vitro fertilization clinic websites: presentations of risks, benefits and other information
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