Sulmasy to Deliver 2013 Nuveen Lecture

October 1, 2013

Daniel P. Sulmasy, Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and the Divinity School and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics in the Department of Medicine, has been selected to deliver the Divinity School's John Nuveen Lecture for 2013.

Dr. Sulmasy is an internist and an ethicist. His research interests encompass both theoretical and empirical investigations of the ethics of end-of-life decision-making, ethics education, and spirituality in medicine. He has done extensive work on the role of intention in medical action, especially as it relates to the rule of double effect and the distinction between killing and allowing to die. He is also interested in the philosophy of medicine and the logic of diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning. His work in spirituality is focused primarily on the spiritual dimensions of the practice of medicine. His empirical studies have explored topics such as decision-making by surrogates on behalf of patients who are nearing death, and informed consent for biomedical research.

He continues to practice medicine part-time as a member of the University faculty practice. He completed his residency, chief residency, and post-doctoral fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has previously held faculty positions at Georgetown University and New York Medical College. He has served on numerous governmental advisory committees, and was appointed to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Problems by President Obama in April 2010. He is the author of four books-The Healer's Calling (1997), Methods in Medical Ethics (2001; 2nd ed. 2010), The Rebirth of the Clinic (2006), and A Balm for Gilead (2006). He also serves as editor-in-chief of the journal, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

John S. Nuveen was one of Chicago’s most influential business leaders and an active civil and cultural leader with ties to many educational institutions. At the University of Chicago, he served as chairman of the University’s Alumni Association and as a trustee of the Baptist Theological Union, who established the Nuveen lecture in 1972 and manage an endowment that supports the University of Chicago Divinity School.  Each year, a prominent member of the University's faculty is invited by the BTU and the Divinity School to deliver the lecture. Past lecturers have included Janet Rowley, Jonathan Lear, and Leon Kass.

Sulmasy will deliver his Nuveen Lecture, "Medicine as a Spiritual Discipline: Lessons from Fred," on Thursday, October 31, 2013, at 4:30 pm in Swift Hall's third-floor Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, or special needs assistance, please contact Terren Ilana Wein at or 773-702-8230.