Robert Klitzman, M.D., is the author of Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children and a Professor of Psychiatry in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and School of Public Health, and Director of the Masters of Bioethics at Columbia University. He co-founded and for five years co-directed the Columbia University Center for Bioethics; and has written extensively about ethical, policy and other issues concerning genomics, e-health, and regulation of science, publishing over 110 articles, and eight books, including Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing, The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe, When Doctors Become Patients, and The Trembling Mountain: A Personal Account of Kuru, Cannibals and Mad Cow Disease. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times and CNN, and has written for Newsweek, The Nation and elsewhere. He has received several awards for his work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and others. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a gubernatorial appointee to the NYS Stem Cell Commission, and a member of the Department of Defense Research Ethics Advisory Panel. He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University, an M.D. from Yale University.
Director, Masters of Bioethics Program, Joseph Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University