Kenneth Prager, MD is
Professor of Clinical Medicine
at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Director, Clinical Ethics and Chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee of Columbia University Medical Center. He spent two years practicing general medicine on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in
South Dakota after his medical internship. Dr. Prager held clandestine medical clinics in the Soviet Union during a visit in 1986, and later set up the first U.S. - Soviet medical student exchange program between Columbia P&S and the First Moscow Medical Academy. In addition to his pulmonary practice, Dr. Prager is heavily involved in teaching pulmonology and medical ethics to medical students, house officers and nurses. His writings on medicine and medical ethics have appeared on the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as well as in medical journals and textbooks. He lectures extensively on medical ethics. Dr. Prager is on the admissions committee of, and is a regular guest lecturer for, the Ben Gurion University MD Program in International Health and Medicine in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Science and Health.
Columbia University Medical Center
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10032
Recent publications include:
Prager K, Hardart G. Ethical Challenges Posed by Trisomy 18 Infants. The Israel Medical Association Journal. 2012;14:498-500.
Acres C, Prager K, Hardart G, Fins J. Credentialing the Clinical Ethics Consultant: An Academic Medical Center Affirms Professionalism and Practice. The Journal of Clinical Ethics. Summer 2012. 156-164.
Prager K. The Crisis of Medical Humanism: Challenges to Resuscitating the Weakened Heart of American Medicine. MD Advisor. Spring 2012, 37-40.
Prager K., Medical Care for the Elderly: Should Limits Be Set? Virtual Mentor. American Medical Association Journal of Ethics; 2008;8(6):404-410.
Morrison EAB, Prager K. When the patient is silent. The New York Times. 2005 Jan 2; sect 14:9 (col. 1).
Edwards N, Prager K. Nothing is Fair or Good Alone [ethical issues in setting age limits for heart transplant candidates], The Journal of Thoracic and Cadiovascular Surgery, 2003:125;23-24
Prager K, Groeger J, Weiser M, Lederberg M, Rubin D, Siegler M. Ethics Committees at Work. Can Doctors Say "Enough"? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2003;12:215-223
"Alice's Husband," in "A Piece of My Mind," JAMA; 2003, 289:2333
Prager, K. Medical Ethics Issues in the Elderly. In: Edwards, N., Maurer, M., eds. Cardiac Surgery in the Older Patient: Comprehensive Management. New Jersey: The Humana Press, Inc. 2002, 149-163.
Prager K, Oz M. Proposed Policy for Ventricular Assist Device Removal, Ann Thorac Surg 2002;73:1688-96
"The List," in "A Piece of My Mind," Journal of the American Medical Association, 2001; 285:2692