Renowned Bioethicist Arthur Caplan is Named Assistant Dean of Research for the NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society


NEW YORK, November 3, 2014 – The NYU School of Professional Studies has named Arthur Caplan, Ph. D.— one of the nation’s leading experts on medical ethics—as the new assistant dean of research for the NYU School of Professional Studies Sports and Society, a leading academic think tank on sports as a societal force. Sports and Society is part of the School’s Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business.

In addition to his current role as codirector of Sports and Society, Dr. Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the NYU Langone Medical Center. He has served on the special advisory committee to the International Olympic Committee on genetics and gene therapy, the FIFA special advisory committee on the use of technology in allowing athletes to adapt to altitude and other environmental challenges, and the American Heart Association committee on screening young athletes for cardiovascular disease.

As the assistant dean of research and codirector, Dr. Caplan will oversee Sports and Society’s body of scholarly work—including a sports and ethics reader and a Sports and Society handbook —and will ensure collaboration with the University’s broad network of experts in diverse fields including medicine, nursing, psychology, law, and history as they relate to sports. In addition, he will facilitate the program’s association with a premiere national polling firm to establish Sports and Society as a leading resource for public opinion on contemporary ethical and social issues facing the sports world.

Under Dr. Caplan’s direction and guidance, students, recent graduates, and faculty members of the NYU School of Professional Studies will pursue research and publication in academic journals to improve understanding of how sports reflect and shape society.

“Dr. Caplan has been a trailblazer in the field of medicine, science, and ethics, and we are fortunate that he will share his invaluable expertise with our students and our community,” said Dennis Di Lorenzo, Harvey J. Stedman dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies. “He will no doubt advance Sports and Society’s mission to examine the meaning, morality, and global impact of sports using an intensive and interdisciplinary approach.

Dr. Caplan said, “I am delighted to continue my association with the NYU School of Professional Studies and look forward to engaging students in exploring the role of ethics and sports in our society.”

Prior to joining NYU Langone, Dr. Caplan was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics and the Emmanuel and Robert Hart director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He also chaired the University’s Department of Medical Ethics. Preceding his tenure at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Caplan taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University.

Dr. Caplan completed his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and his graduate work at Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science in 1979. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Public Service Award from the National Science Foundation, the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics, and seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools. He was named a “Person of the Year - 2001” by USA Today and was described as one of the “Ten Most Influential People in Science” by Discover magazine in 2008. He is the author/editor of 32 books and over 600 papers in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Caplan is a regular contributor to major media outlets on sports issues, helping to spark the national conversation on topics including concussions in the NFL and the re-examination of racially charged names of professional sports teams. He is a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan.

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