Carl Elliott, MD, PhD

Professor, Center for Bioethics

Carl Elliott

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-5347

Professor, Center for Bioethics

Professor, College of Liberal Arts Department of Philosophy

MD, Medical University of South Carolina

PhD, Philosophy, University of Glasgow, Scotland

BSc, Davidson College


Carl Elliott is Professor in the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Pediatrics, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is the author or editor of seven books, including White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine (Beacon, 2010) and Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (Norton, 2003.) His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Mother Jones, The New York Times and The New England Journal of Medicine. In 2011 the Austen Riggs Center awarded him its Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.

A native South Carolinian, Elliott was educated at Davidson College in North Carolina and at Glasgow University in Scotland, where he received his PhD in philosophy. He received his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to his appointment at the University of Minnesota in 1997 he was on the faculty of McGill University in Montreal. He has held postdoctoral or visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, East Carolina University, the University of Otago in New Zealand, and the University of Natal Medical School (now the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine), the first medical school in South Africa for non-white students. He has been a Network Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, an Honorary Member of the Caribbean Bioethics Society, and a recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Minnesota's Council of Graduate Students. He blogs at Fear and Loathing in Bioethics.