Robert L. L. Klitzman

College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Robert L. Klitzman is a professor of psychiatry in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph Mailman School of Public Health and the director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University.

In addition, he co-founded and for five years co-directed the Center for Bioethics, and for 10 years directed the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center.

Klitzman's books include Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children and The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe.

Featured Work

Artistic rendition of CRISPR Cas9. CREDIT: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nihgov/41124064215">NIH Image Gallery/Public Domain</a>

NOV 20, 2019 Podcast

Gene Editing: Overview, Ethics, & the Near Future, with Robert Klitzman

In the first in a series of podcasts on gene editing, Columbia's Dr. Robert Klitzman provides an overview of the technology, ethical and governance issues, ...

Detail from book cover

MAY 1, 2015 Podcast

The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe

When it comes to medical research using human beings, who decides what's right? How do the U.S. institutional review boards work? What does "informed ...

MAR 2, 2015 Podcast

Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics

Medical tourism is big business, involving millions of patients who travel abroad to get health care. Some travel to avoid queues and save money. Others ...

FEB 18, 2015 Podcast

Ebola and Other Viral Outbreaks: Providing Health Care to the Global Poor in Times of Crisis

Why were initial responses to the Ebola outbreak so disastrously inadequate? How can dysfunctional health systems--at all levels--be improved, so that this doesn't happen again? ...