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, F. A. “What does any of this have to do with being a physician? Kierkegaardian irony and the practice of medicine.” Christian Bioethics 22, no. 1 (April 1, 2016): 62–79. https://doi.org/10.1093/cb/cbv029.

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Brauer, Simon G., John D. Yoon, and Farr A. Curlin. “US primary care physicians' opinions about conscientious refusal: a national vignette experiment.” J Med Ethics 42, no. 2 (February 2016): 80–84. https://doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2015-102782.

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Leffel, G Michael, Ross A. Oakes Mueller, Farr A. Curlin, and John D. Yoon. “Relevance of the rationalist-intuitionist debate for ethics and professionalism in medical education.” Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract 20, no. 5 (December 2015): 1371–83. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10459-014-9563-z.

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Choi, Philip J., Farr A. Curlin, and Christopher E. Cox. “"The Patient Is Dying, Please Call the Chaplain": The Activities of Chaplains in One Medical Center's Intensive Care Units.” J Pain Symptom Manage 50, no. 4 (October 2015): 501–6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.05.003.

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Ernecoff, Natalie C., Farr A. Curlin, Praewpannarai Buddadhumaruk, and Douglas B. White. “Health Care Professionals' Responses to Religious or Spiritual Statements by Surrogate Decision Makers During Goals-of-Care Discussions.” Jama Intern Med 175, no. 10 (October 2015): 1662–69. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.4124.

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