Robert Klitzman, MD



I am the Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program, and a member of the Division of Psychiatry, Law and Ethics, and co-founded and for five years co-directed the Center for Bioethics. I have written nine books, and over 140 academic articles, drawing on multi-disciplinary methods to examine ethical, psychological and social issues in a variety of contexts in medicine and psychiatry. Specifically, I have examined decision-making concerning HIV disclosure, genetic testing, reproductive choices among individuals at risk for genetic disorders, Institutional Review Boards, and other topics.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Psychiatry (in Sociomedical Sciences) at CUMC


  • Male

Credentials & Experience

Honors & Awards

Fellow, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation

Fellow, Russell Sage Foundation

Member, Council on Foreign Relations


Ethical, psychological and social aspects of decision-making among patients, providers and others concerning HIV, genetics, and other areas: I am currently conducting several studies, including: "Views and Approaches of IRB Members Toward Research Integrity", and "Views and Approaches Toward Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis Among Patients and Providers"

Selected Publications