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Arthur Caplan

Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City

Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City

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Arthur Caplan Biography

Currently the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City.

He is the co-founder and Dean of Research of the NYU Sports and Society Program and the head of the ethics program in the Global Institute for Public Health at NYU.

Prior to coming to NYU he was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia where he created the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Ethics. Caplan has also taught at the University of Minnesota, where he founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He received his PhD from Columbia University.

Caplan is the author or editor of thirty-two books and over 600 papers in peer reviewed journals. His most recent book is Replacement Parts: The Ethics of Procuring and Replacing Organs in Humans (Georgetown University Press, 2015).

He has served on a number of national and international committees including as the Chair, 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; a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses; the special advisory committee to the International Olympic Committee on genetics and gene therapy; the special advisory panel to the National Institutes of Mental Health on human experimentation on vulnerable subjects, the Wellcome Trust advisory panel on research in humanitarian crises, and the Co-Director of the Joint Council of Europe/United Nations Study on Trafficking in Organs and Body Parts.

He is currently the ethics advisor to DOD/DARPA on synthetic biology, a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s External Advisory Committee for its Orphan Disease Center and a member of the Ethics and Ebola Working Group of the World Health Organization. Dr. Caplan also serves as the Chairperson of the Compassionate Use Advisory Committee (CompAC), an independent group of internationally recognized medical experts, bioethicists and patient representatives which advises Janssen/J&J about requests for compassionate use of some of its investigational medicines.

Caplan is a regular commentator on bioethics and health care issues for WebMD/Medscape, for WGBH radio in Boston and WMNF public radio in Tampa. He appears frequently as a guest and commentator on various other national and international media outlets.

Caplan is the recipient of many awards and honors including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association and the Franklin Award from the City of Philadelphia. He received the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics for 2011. He was a person of the Year-2001 from USA Today. He was described as one of the ten most influential people in science by Discover magazine in 2008. He has also been honored as one of the fifty most influential people in American health care by Modern Health Care magazine, one of the ten most influential people in America in biotechnology by the National Journal, one of the ten most influential people in the ethics of biotechnology by the editors of Nature Biotechnology and one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology by Scientific American magazine. In 2014 he was selected to receive the Public Service Award from the National Science Foundation/National Science Board which honors individuals and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States.

He holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the NY Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American College of Legal Medicine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Arthur Caplan Speaking Topics

  • Ethical Challenges on BioMedical and Health Research in Developed and Developing Nations.

    This talk will outline the current agenda of, and obstacles to, biomedical and health research in developed and developing countries.

  • Bioethics: Just Because We can, Should We?

    Should you eat genetically engineered foods? Should athletes be allowed to use prosthetic legs, or inhale oxygen when competing at high altitudes? Should the highest bidder win a donated organ? And just because we can pick the sex of our babies, should we? We each face bioethical decisions that grow more complex as technology advances, and as it does so at a pace faster than society is capable to cope — legally and ethically. Whether you work on Wall Street or live on Main Street, work in the healthcare, insurance, finance or pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology affects your personal and professional life, every day. Art Caplan provides audiences with a glimpse of the most astounding scientific advancements that will become a reality in short order. These advancements prompt the question: just because it's possible, should we? He then shares an ethical framework to think through some of the most difficult issues facing Americans today, and the impact these issues have on our lives. In a customized presentation for your industry, Caplan can gear his talk to a variety of subfields including stem cell research, genetically engineered foods, right to die, and a host of other urgent, bio-ethical issues in the news.

  • Must We Ration Health Care?

    Arthur Caplan is playing a key role in the nation's effort to implement health reform. He is consulted by officials in the White House, Federal agencies, patient advocacy groups, health care provider organizations, insurance companies and federal legislators for his views on the ethics of enacting health reform. He is particularly interested in how allocation and rationing decisions will be made as health reform evolves, especially when it concerns end-of-life care issues. He is also knowledgeable about the role that consent, choice and privacy will play as the health system moves toward mandates and a greater reliance on electronic medical records. Caplan also addresses the core question of health reform—what is next as reform has become a reality, what should be covered, what is the patient's role in managing prevention and their own health as well as if the nation's health care system handle increased demand for services.

Arthur Caplan Videos

  • Dr. Brett Levine speaks with Arthur L. Caplan, PhD - YouTube
    AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee Chair, Dr. Brett Levine spoke with Professor and founding head of the Division of Medical ...
  • Global Design Thinking Conference 2020 | Arthur Caplan
    In his keynote speech at the Global Design Thinking Conference 2020, Arthur Caplan, Professor of Bioethics at New York University Langone ...
  • Center for the Study of Bioethics - Arthur Caplan - YouTube
    Center for the Study of BioethicsArthur Caplan International conference "Genome editing: biomedical and ethical perspectives" Center for the ...

Arthur Caplan Books

  • Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Reader (Basic Bioethics)
    Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Reader (Basic Bioethics)
  • Contemporary Debates in Bioethics
    Contemporary Debates in Bioethics
  • Smart Mice, Not-So-Smart People: An Interesting and Amusing Guide to Bioethics
    Smart Mice, Not-So-Smart People: An Interesting and Amusing Guide to Bioethics
  • Health, Disease, and Illness: Concepts in Medicine
    Health, Disease, and Illness: Concepts in Medicine

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Arthur Caplan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Ethical Challenges on BioMedical and Health Research in Developed and Developing Nations., Bioethics: Just Because We can, Should We? and Must We Ration Health Care?. The estimated speaking fee range to book Arthur Caplan for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Arthur Caplan generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ray Kurzweil, Daniel Gilbert, David Allen, Stephen Klasko and Marty Makary, M.D.. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Arthur Caplan for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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