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


Curlin, Farr A., Chad J. Roach, Rita Gorawara-Bhat, John D. Lantos, and Marshall H. Chin. “When patients choose faith over medicine: physician perspectives on religiously related conflict in the medical encounter.” Arch Intern Med 165, no. 1 (January 10, 2005): 88–91. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinte.165.1.88.

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Curlin, Farr A., and Peter P. Moschovis. “Is religious devotion relevant to the doctor-patient relationship?” J Fam Pract 53, no. 8 (August 2004): 632–36.


Curlin, F. A., J. Lantos, S. Sellergren, C. Roach, and M. H. Chin. “Physician religiosity and approaches to spirituality in medicine.” In Journal of General Internal Medicine, 19:191–191. BLACKWELL PUBLISHING INC, 2004.


Hall, Daniel E., Farr Curlin, and Harold G. Koenig. “When clinical medicine collides with religion.” Lancet 362 Suppl (December 2003): s28–29. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(03)15065-9.

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Iwashyna, Theodore J., Farr A. Curlin, and Nicholas A. Christakis. “Racial, ethnic, and affluence differences in elderly patients' use of teaching hospitals.” J Gen Intern Med 17, no. 9 (September 2002): 696–703. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1525-1497.2002.01155.x.

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