Farr A. Curlin, MD
Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities
Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine
Center for Palliative Care
The Divinity School
Farr Curlin, MD joined Duke in 2014 as the Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, he was associate professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Chicago and co-director of the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, where he worked with colleagues from the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and the University of Chicago Divinity School to foster scholarship and discourse regarding the intersection of religion, ethics, and the practice of medicine. Dr. Curlin's empirical research describes variations in physicians' attitudes and clinical practices across a range of clinical domains, focusing particularly on the extent to which differences in physicians' practices are accounted for by differences in their religious characteristics. His ethics scholarship takes up moral questions that are raised by these religion-associated differences in physicians' practices. He is an active palliative medicine physician and holds appointments in both the School of Medicine and the Divinity School, where he is working with colleagues to develop a new interdisciplinary community of scholarship and training focused on the intersection of theology, medicine, and culture.