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

Lawrence, R. E., K. A. Rasinski, J. D. Yoon, and F. A. Curlin. “Physicians' Beliefs about the Nature of Addiction: A Survey of Primary Care Physicians and Psychiatrists (Accepted).” American Journal on Addictions, March 8, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.00332.x.

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Shin, Jiwon Helen, John D. Yoon, Kenneth A. Rasinski, Harold G. Koenig, Keith G. Meador, and Farr A. Curlin. “A spiritual problem? Primary care physicians' and psychiatrists' interpretations of medically unexplained symptoms.” J Gen Intern Med 28, no. 3 (March 2013): 392–98. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-012-2224-0.

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23054918
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Curlin, F. A., K. D. Serrano, M. G. Baker, S. L. Carricaburu, D. R. Smucker, and M. H. Chin. “Following the call: How providers make sense of their decisions to work in faith-based and secular urban community health centers” 9781421408859 (January 1, 2013): 36–49.

Scholars@Duke

Tilburt, Jon C., Katherine M. James, Sarah M. Jenkins, Ryan M. Antiel, Farr A. Curlin, and Kenneth A. Rasinski. “"Righteous minds" in health care: measurement and explanatory value of social intuitionism in accounting for the moral judgments in a sample of U.S. physicians.” Plos One 8, no. 9 (January 2013): e73379. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0073379.

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Lawrence, Ryan E., Kenneth A. Rasinski, John D. Yoon, and Farr A. Curlin. “Religion and beliefs about treating medically unexplained symptoms: a survey of primary care physicians and psychiatrists.” Int J Psychiatry Med 45, no. 1 (2013): 31–44. https://doi.org/10.2190/PM.45.1.c.

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23805602
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Karches, Kyle E., Grace S. Chung, Vineet Arora, David O. Meltzer, and Farr A. Curlin. “Religiosity, spirituality, and end-of-life planning: a single-site survey of medical inpatients.” J Pain Symptom Manage 44, no. 6 (December 2012): 843–51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.12.277.

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22727947
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Lawrence, R. E., K. A. Rasinski, J. D. Yoon, K. G. Meador, H. G. Koenig, and F. A. Curlin. “Primary care physicians' and psychiatrists' approaches to treating mild depression.” Acta Psychiatr Scand 126, no. 5 (November 2012): 385–92. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0447.2012.01887.x.

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22616640
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Rasinski, Kenneth A., Ryan E. Lawrence, John D. Yoon, and Farr A. Curlin. “A sense of calling and primary care physicians' satisfaction in treating smoking, alcoholism, and obesity.” Arch Intern Med 172, no. 18 (October 8, 2012): 1423–24. https://doi.org/10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3269.

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22928177
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Antiel, Ryan M., Farr A. Curlin, Katherine M. James, Daniel P. Sulmasy, and Jon C. Tilburt. “Dignity in end-of-life care: results of a national survey of U.S. physicians.” J Pain Symptom Manage 44, no. 3 (September 2012): 331–39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2011.09.020.

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22762966
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Stulberg, Debra B., Annie M. Dude, Irma Dahlquist, and Farr A. Curlin. “Obstetrician-gynecologists, religious institutions, and conflicts regarding patient-care policies.” Am J Obstet Gynecol 207, no. 1 (July 2012): 73.e1-73.e5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2012.04.023.

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22609017
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