{Virtual}Defending Public Health against Public Opinion- FREE

conversation with Robert Klitzman, AB Princeton '80, MD Yale '85 , Prof. of Psychiatry & Director of Columbia University's Bioethics Program 

Host: Ellen Fox, MD Harvard '87, IM Yale '90, HEC-C, Founder & President Fox Ethics Consulting 

The link for this event will be sent out by the Columbia Club shortly before the program begins.

Public health professionals, like civil servants in any administration, do battle for proper attention, funding and institutional support as part of their job description. It is an entirely different struggle, however, when their recommendations are inconvenient to the public, especially when public opinion is being actively shaped to question their veracity.


Join our virtual town hall as bioethics scholar Professor Robert Klitzman explores the multi-faceted intersection between bioethics and human psychology and whether the Hippocratic Oath is compelling enough to withstand the inconvenience of the truth.  The discussion will examine how both health professionals and the public can converge on the right path in wearing masks, social-distancing, self-quarantining, school openings, athletics and caring for the elderly.


Professor Klitzman will be interviewed by Dr. Ellen Fox, bioethics educator and consultant. 


There will be a time dedicated to Q&A.


Here is the link to register: https://dc.alumni.columbia.edu/klitzman


Co-sponsored by:

Princeton Club of DC

Yale Club of Washington DC

Harvard Club of Washington DC


Robert Klitzman, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph Mailman School of Public Health, and the Director of the online and in-person Bioethics Masters and Certificate Programs at Columbia University.  He has written over 140 scientific journal articles, nine books, and numerous chapters on critical issues in bioethics regarding genetics, neuroscience, doctor-patient relationships and other areas. His books include Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing How We Have Children; The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe; and Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS. Klitzman has received numerous awards for his work, including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the Aaron Diamond Foundation, the Hastings Center and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is a member of the Empire State Stem Cell Commission, and the Ethics Working Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network, and served on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Research Ethics Advisory Panel. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a regular contributor to the New York Times and CNN.



Dr. Ellen Fox is a Health care ethics consultant, educator, researcher, policymaker, and executive. Her practice is focused on improving health care by improving ethics programs and practices. She is the founder and President of Fox Ethics Consulting and the author of one of the most widely cited articles in the American Journal of Bioethics, a national study of ethics consultation in U.S. hospitals. Dr. Fox is co-author of ethics consultation standards promulgated by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). She is the chief architect of VA's award-winning IntegratedEthics® model and the AMA's Education for Physicians in End-of-life Care (EPEC) curriculum, and the designer of practical evaluation tools including the Ethics Consultation Quality Assessment Tool (ECQAT), used by ASBH to evaluate the competency of ethics consultants. Dr. Fox is currently working on a new national study of ethics consultation in U.S. hospitals, funded by the Greenwall Foundation.  :


Date: August 20, 2020

         6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Miyako Yerick