Daniel Callahan, Ph.D.


Director of International Programs and Senior Fellow
Harvard Medical School
Cambridge,Massachusetts
United StatesDaniel Callahan was the co-founder of the Hastings Center, Garrison, NY, and its Director and President from 1969 to 1996. He is presently Director of International Programs and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. He is also an Honorary Faculty Member, Charles University Medical School, Prague, and the Czech Republic. The Hastings Center is a research and educational organization founded in 1969 to examine ethical issues of medicine, biology and the environment.

Dr. Callahan received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and his B.A. from Yale.

Dr. Callahan holds honorary degrees from Oregon State University, the University of Colorado, Williams College, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science; a member of the Director’s Advisory Committee, Centers for Disease Control; and a member of the Advisory Council, Office of Scientific Integrity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He won the 1996 Freedom and Scientific Responsibility Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Callahan is the author or editor of 35 books. They include False Hopes (Simon & Schuster, 1998); The Troubled Dream of Life: In Search of a Peaceful Death (Simon & Schuster, 1993); What Kind of Life: The Limits of Medical Progress (Simon & Schuster, 1990); Setting Limits: Medical Goals in an Aging Society (1987): The Tyranny of Survival (1973): Abortion: Law, Choice and Morality (1970): Ethics in Hard Times (1982); and, with his wife, Sidney, Abortion: Understanding Differences (1984). He has contributed articles to Daedalus, Harpers, The Atlantic, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The New Republic, and other journals.