Farr A Curlin, MD

Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medical Humanities
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Campus mail 3040, 108 Seeley G Mudd Bldg, Durham, NC 27710

Farr A. Curlin, MD, is Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Theology, Medicine and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School. Before moving to Duke in 2014, he founded and was Co-Director of the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago. At Duke, Farr practices palliative medicine and works with colleagues in the Trent Center and the Divinity School to develop opportunities for education and scholarship at the intersection of theology, medicine and culture. He is interested in the moral and spiritual dimensions of medical practice—particularly the doctor-patient relationship, the moral and professional formation of physicians, and practices of care for patients at the end of life.

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Education and Training

  • Fellowship, The University of Chicago, 2001 - 2004
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, The University of Chicago, 1998 - 2001
  • M.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1998


Tollefsen, C., and F. A. Curlin. “Solidarity, Trust, and Christian Faith in the Doctor-Patient Relationship.” Christian Bioethics 27, no. 1 (April 1, 2021): 14–29. https://doi.org/10.1093/cb/cbaa022.

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Antiel, Ryan M., Farr A. Curlin, Govind Persad, Douglas B. White, Cathy Zhang, Aaron Glickman, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, and John D. Lantos. “Should Pediatric Patients Be Prioritized When Rationing Life-Saving Treatments During COVID-19 Pandemic.” Pediatrics 146, no. 3 (September 2020). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2020-012542.

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Blythe, Jacob A., and Farr A. Curlin. “"Just do your job": technology, bureaucracy, and the eclipse of conscience in contemporary medicine.” Theor Med Bioeth 39, no. 6 (December 2018): 431–52. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11017-018-9474-8.

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Frush, Benjamin W., John Brewer Eberly, and Farr A. Curlin. “What Should Physicians and Chaplains Do When a Patient Believes God Wants Him to Suffer?” Ama J Ethics 20, no. 7 (July 1, 2018): E613–20. https://doi.org/10.1001/amajethics.2018.613.

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Leffel, G Michael, Ross A. Oakes Mueller, Sandra A. Ham, Kyle E. Karches, Farr A. Curlin, and John D. Yoon. “Project on the Good Physician: Further Evidence for the Validity of a Moral Intuitionist Model of Virtuous Caring.” Teach Learn Med 30, no. 3 (July 2018): 303–16. https://doi.org/10.1080/10401334.2017.1414608.

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