Director of International Programs,
The Hastings Center
Daniel Callahan is co-founder of The Hastings Center, Garrison, N.Y., a research and educational organization begun in 1969 to examine ethical issues of medicine, biology, and the environment. He served as director and president for its first 27 years and is presently director of International Programs. He is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard Medical School and an honorary faculty member of Charles University Medical School in Prague.
Dr. Callahan is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science; a member of the Director's Advisory Committee, Centers for Disease Control; and a former member of the Advisory Council, Office of Scientific Integrity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He won the 1996 Freedom and Scientific Responsibility Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He is author or editor of 35 books, including False Hopes; The Troubled Dream of Life: In Search of a Peaceful Death; What Kind of Life: The Limits of Medical Progress; Setting Limits: Medical Goals in an Aging Society; The Tyranny of Survival; Abortion: Law, Choice and Morality; Ethics in Hard Times; and, with his wife, Sidney, Abortion: Understanding Differences. He has contributed articles to Daedalus, Harpers, The Atlantic, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, The New Republic, and other journals.
Dr. Callahan received his B.A. from Yale, an M.A. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard. He holds honorary degrees from Oregon State University, the University of Colorado, Williams College, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.