Michael A. Grodin, MD

Professor, Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights
Michael Grodin
(617) 638-4626grodin@bu.edu
Talbot – T358W
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Michael Alan Grodin, M.D., is Professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights in the Department of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he has received 20 teaching awards including the Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Grodin is Professor of Socio-Medical Sciences and Community Medicine and Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Grodin is a Professor of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Project on Medicine and the Holocaust at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies.  He completed his B.S. degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.D. degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, his postdoctoral and fellowship training at UCLA and Harvard, and he has been on the faculty of Boston University for the past 30 years. Dr. Grodin is the Medical Ethicist at Boston Medical Center and for thirteen years served as the Human Studies Chairman for the Department of Health and Hospitals of the City of Boston. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, served on the board of directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Philosophy and History of Science. He was a member of the National Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Committee on Ethics of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Professor Grodin served on the Ethics Committee of the Massachusetts Center for Organ Transplantation, was a consultant to the National Human Subjects Protection Review Panel of the National Institutes of Health AIDS Program Advisory Committee, and is a consultant on Ethics and Research with Human Subjects for the International Organizations of Medical Sciences and the World Health Organization. He is a member of the Ethics Review Board of Physicians for Human Rights. Dr. Grodin is the Co-Founder of Global Lawyers and Physicians: Working Together for Human Rights, Co-Director of the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights: Caring for Survivors of Torture and he has received a special citation from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in recognition of his “profound contributions – through original and creative research – to the cause of Holocaust education and remembrance.” The Refugee Center which he Co-Directs received the 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project for “sensitivity and dedication in caring for the health and human rights of refugees and survivors of torture.” He is a Member of the Global Implementation Project of the Istanbul Protocol Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and an Advisor to UNESCO.  Dr. Grodin was the 2000 Julius Silberger Scholar and is an elected member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the American Psychoanalytic Association.  Twice named one of America’s Top Physicians, he has received 4 national Humanism in Medicine and Humanitarian Awards for “integrity, clinical excellence and compassion”, “outstanding humanism in medicine and integrity as a faulty member” and “compassion, empathy, respect and cultural sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients and their families.” Dr. Grodin has delivered over 300 invited national and international addresses, written more than 200 scholarly papers, and edited or co-edited 5 books: The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code: Human Rights in Human Experimentation and Children as Research Subjects: Science, Ethics and Law of the Bioethics Series of Oxford University Press, a book in the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science Series of Kluwer Academic Press entitled Meta-Medical Ethics: The Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics, and two books published by Routledge one Health and Human Rights: A Reader selected as 2nd of the top 10 humanitarian books of 1999 and another entitled Perspectives on Health and Human Rights. Professor Grodin is presently working on two books, Medical Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust and After the Shoah: Rebuilding the Lives of Holocaust Survivors. Dr. Grodin’s primary areas of interest include: the relationship of health and human rights, medicine and the holocaust, bioethics and the philosophy of psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

Other Positions:

  • Professor, Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Active Staff Privileges, Psychiatry, Boston Medical Center


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Yeshiva University, MD

Classes Taught

  • SPHLW725
  • SPHLW739
  • SPHLW740
  • SPHLW951
  • SPHPH728


  • Published on 9/25/2013

    Grodin MA, Samuels BJ. Controversy over contraception coverage. JAMA. 2013 Sep 25; 310(12):1289.

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  • Published on 6/26/2013

    Macklin R, Shepherd L, Dreger A, Asch A, Baylis F, Brody H, Churchill LR, Coleman CH, Cowan E, Dolgin J, Downie J, Dresser R, Elliott C, Epright MC, Feder EK, Glantz LH, Grodin MA, Hoffman W, Hoffmaster B, Hunter D, Iltis AS, Kahn JD, King NM, Kraft R, Kukla R, Leavitt L, Lederer SE, Lemmens T, Lindemann H, Marshall MF, Merz JF, Miller FH, Mohrmann ME, Morreim H, Nass M, Nelson JL, Noble JH, Reis E, Reverby SM, Silvers A, Sousa AC, Spece RG, Strong C, Swazey JP, Turner L. The OHRP and SUPPORT--another view. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jul 11; 369(2):e3.

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  • Published on 6/1/2012

    Highfield ES, Lama P, Grodin MA, Kaptchuk TJ, Crosby SS. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for survivors of torture and refugee trauma: a descriptive report. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Jun; 14(3):433-40.

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  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Longacre M, Silver-Highfield E, Lama P, Grodin M. Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of refugees and survivors of torture: a review and proposal for action. Torture. 2012; 22(1):38-57.

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  • Published on 6/1/2011

    MacDuff S, Grodin MA, Gardiner P. The use of complementary and alternative medicine among refugees: a systematic review. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Jun; 13(3):585-99.

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  • Published on 12/17/2008

    Blumhofer RD, Shah N, Grodin MA, Crosby SS. Clinical issues in caring for former chattel slaves. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Apr; 13(2):323-32.

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  • Published on 10/15/2008

    Singh HK, Scott TE, Henshaw MM, Cote SE, Grodin MA, Piwowarczyk LA. Oral health status of refugee torture survivors seeking care in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2008 Dec; 98(12):2181-2.

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  • Published on 9/1/2008

    Grodin MA, Piwowarczyk L, Fulker D, Bazazi AR, Saper RB. Treating survivors of torture and refugee trauma: a preliminary case series using qigong and t'ai chi. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Sep; 14(7):801-6.

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  • Published on 8/1/2007

    Crosby SS, Apovian CM, Grodin MA. Hunger strikes, force-feeding, and physicians' responsibilities. JAMA. 2007 Aug 1; 298(5):563-6.

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  • Published on 3/1/2007

    Crosby SS, Mashour GA, Grodin MA, Jiang Y, Osterman J. Emergence flashback in a patient with posttraumatic stress disorder. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2007 Mar-Apr; 29(2):169-71.

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