Emanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethic; Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics; Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania
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Arthur Caplan is the Emanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and the Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Penn in 1994, Dr. Caplan taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He was the Associate Director of the Hastings Center from 1984-87. Dr. Caplan is the author or editor of 25 books and over 500 papers in refereed journals of medicine, science, philosophy, bioethics and health policy. His most recent book is Smart Mice Not So Smart People (Rowman Littlefield, 2006). He has served on many national and international committees including as the Chair of the National Cancer Institute Biobanking Ethics Working Group, the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning, the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Human Services on Blood Safety and Availability, and a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Keystone Center, Tengion, the National Center for Policy Research on Women and Families, Octagon, the Iron Disorders Foundation, and the National Disease Research Interchange. He writes a regular column on bioethics for MSNBC.com. Dr. Caplan is the recipient of many awards and honors including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association, Person of the Year-2001 from USA Today, one of the 50 most influential people in American health care by Modern Health Care magazine, one of the 10 most influential people in America in biotechnology by the National Journal and one of the ten most influential people in the ethics of biotechnology over the past ten years by the editors of the journal Nature Biotechnology.
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