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

Publications

Sobowale, Kunmi, Sandra A. Ham, Farr A. Curlin, and John D. Yoon. “Personality Traits Are Associated with Academic Achievement in Medical School: A Nationally Representative Study.” Acad Psychiatry 42, no. 3 (June 2018): 338–45. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-017-0766-5.

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28779471
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Choi, Philip J., Farr A. Curlin, and Christopher E. Cox. “Addressing religion and spirituality in the intensive care unit: A survey of clinicians.” Palliat Support Care, April 30, 2018, 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1017/S147895151800010X.

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29708093
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Antiel, Ryan M., Farr A. Curlin, John D. Lantos, Christopher A. Collura, Alan W. Flake, Mark P. Johnson, Natalie E. Rintoul, Stephen D. Brown, and Chris Feudtner. “Attitudes of paediatric and obstetric specialists towards prenatal surgery for lethal and non-lethal conditions.” J Med Ethics 44, no. 4 (April 2018): 234–38. https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2017-104377.

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29018178
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Yoon, John D., Sandra A. Ham, Shalini T. Reddy, and Farr A. Curlin. “Role Models' Influence on Specialty Choice for Residency Training: A National Longitudinal Study.” J Grad Med Educ 10, no. 2 (April 2018): 149–54. https://doi.org/10.4300/JGME-D-17-00063.1.

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29686752
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Shepherd, A. M., S. S. Schnitker, G. M. Leffel, R. A. Oakes Mueller, F. A. Curlin, J. D. Yoon, and T. Greenway. “Developing the Good Physician: Spirituality affects the development of virtues and moral intuitions in medical students.” Journal of Positive Psychology 13, no. 2 (March 4, 2018): 143–54. https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2016.1269185.

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Frush, Benjamin W., Simon G. Brauer, John D. Yoon, and Farr A. Curlin. “Physician Decision-Making in the Setting of Advanced Illness: An Examination of Patient Disposition and Physician Religiousness.” J Pain Symptom Manage 55, no. 3 (March 2018): 906–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.10.018.

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29109001
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Smyre, Christopher L., Hyo Jung Tak, Augustine P. Dang, Farr A. Curlin, and John D. Yoon. “Physicians' Opinions on Engaging Patients' Religious and Spiritual Concerns: A National Survey.” J Pain Symptom Manage 55, no. 3 (March 2018): 897–905. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.10.015.

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29101085
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O’Connell, Thomas F., Sandra A. Ham, Theodore G. Hart, Farr A. Curlin, and John D. Yoon. “A National Longitudinal Survey of Medical Students' Intentions to Practice Among the Underserved.” Acad Med 93, no. 1 (January 2018): 90–97. https://doi.org/10.1097/ACM.0000000000001816.

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28678105
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Yoon, John D., Natalie B. Hunt, Krishna C. Ravella, Christine S. Jun, and Farr A. Curlin. “Physician Burnout and the Calling to Care for the Dying: A National Survey.” Am J Hosp Palliat Care 34, no. 10 (December 2017): 931–37. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909116661817.

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27465404
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