Carl Elliott, MD, PhD – Long Bio


Carl Elliott, MD, PhD, is Professor in the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota, where he also has joint appointments in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. A native South Carolinian, Elliott trained in medicine before earning his PhD in philosophy at Glasgow University in Scotland. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Chicago, the University of Otago in New Zealand, and the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. Prior to moving to Minnesota he taught at McGill University in Montreal. In 2003-04 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he led a faculty seminar on bioethics. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream and White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine. His articles have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones and The New England Journal of Medicine.  He was awarded a 2011 Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.  In 2011-2012, he was a Network Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.