H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., MD, PhD

H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., MD, PhD

Emeritus Fellow

General Biography:


H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., was a Professor of the history and philosophy of medicine in the Department of Philosophy, at Rice University, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Community Medicine, at Baylor College of Medicine, where he held appointments since 1983. Prior to these appointments, he taught bioethics at the University of Texas Medical School and later served as the Rosemary Kennedy Professor of Philosophy of Medicine at Georgetown Univeristy and senior research scholar at Georgetown's Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

He held an MD with honors from Tulane University School of Medicine and a BA and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005 he received a doctor honoris causa from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa”, Iaşi, Romania. He was a Fulbright Graduate Fellow at Bonn University, German, a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in West Berlin, German, a Visiting Scholar at the Internationale Akademie für Philosophie im Fürstentum Liechtenstein, and a Visiting Scholar at Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Engelhardt was senior editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Christian Bioethics, and the Philosophy and Medicine book series with over one hundred ten volumes in print, as well as editor of the book series Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture. He authored over three hundred sixty articles and chapters of books in addition to over one hundred twenty book reviews and other publications. His work ranged from Continental philosophy and the history of medicine to the philosophy of medicine and bioethics. There have been more than one hundred forty reprintings or translations of his publications. He has also co-edited over thirty volumes and has lectured widely throughout the world. His books include Bioethics and Secular Humanism: The Search for a Common Morality, a second, thoroughly revised edition of his seminal work The Foundations of Bioethics which has multiple translations, and his equally seminal The Foundations of Christian Bioethics. A Chinese translation of Bioethics and Secular Humanism appeared in 1998. His recent edited volumes include Global Bioethics: The Collapse of Consensus, The Philosophy of Medicine Reborn, and Innovation and the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Involvement with CBHD:

Tris, as his friends new him, was a prolific scholar, deeply committed to his Orthodox Christian faith, and concerned to effect the global engagement of bioethical issues. For years many connected with CBHD admired his scholarship from a distance as one of the founding figures in the academic engagement of bioethics, but were privileged to have him participate as a plenary speaker and panelist at our 2011 conference, "The Scandal of Bioethics," where he spoke on "After Christendom: Christian Bioethics in an Alien Culture." In 2015, the Center was honored to induct Dr. Engelhardt into our Academy of Fellows as a Distinguished Fellow, and later promoted him to the rank of Emeritus Fellow in 2018. Through his keen intellect and wit, he was an academic provocateur par excellence, challenging the status quo, but also challenging all of us, to test the rigor of our argument and assumptions. His readiness (and even eagerness) to challenge the assumptions and claims of the bioethics academy and those closer to home in Christian bioethics will be genuinely missed.

Peter J. Smith, MD
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Ingrid Skop, MD, FACOG
Clarke Forsythe, MA, JD
Manuel Cota, MA, MA
J. Alan Branch, PhD
Stephen Ombok, MD
Wesley J. Smith
Pope John Paul II
Rita Marker
Paul Lim, MD
Lin Noyes Simon
Anne Wilkinson
Andrew Kubick, PhD, MA
Richard Sams, MD, MA
Avraham Steinberg
Jacques Picard
Peter Joel Hurwitz
Daniel Farb
Cyndie Koopsen
Caroline Young
David Caes
Ralph Baergen
Simon Woods
Elizabeth Rex, PhD
Ewan Goligher, MD, PhD
Benjamin Parviz, BA, MA
Dean Blevins
James L. Werth Jr.
Christine Toevs, MD, MA
Aaron Klink, MAR, MDiv, ThM
Taejung Kim, PhD (Cand.)
Heidi Monroe, PhD, MSN, RN, CPN
George F. Tomossy
Serge Gauthier
David N. Weisstub
Andrew Cistola, MPH
Michael S. Evans
Ronald Baker Miller
Stanley A. Terman
Richard Payne
L. W. Sumner
Richard Zimmerman, MD, MPH, MA (Bioethics), MS, FIDSA, FAAFP
Timothy J. Demy
Willaim R. Cutrer
Ana Iltis, PhD
Stephen W. Smith
Timothy E. Quill
C. G. Prado
Mary Beth Morrissey
Wally Morris
Rob Moll
Joan McCarthy
Deborah Witt Sherman
Marianne Matzo
Janice Lynch Schuster
Joan Harrold
Roberta Springer Loewy
Erich H. Loewy
Derek Morgan
Robert Gregory Lee
Stephen P. Kiernan
David F. Kelly
David Jeffrey
David H. Smith
Timothy F. Sedgwick
David A. Scott
E. F. Morgan
Jan C. Heller
David L. Couleter
William C. Gaventa
David T. Helm
Sandra L. Friedman
Eileen M. Fitzpatrick
Jeanne Fitzpatrick
Missy Scott
Lindsay E. Rockwell
Kenneth A. Fisher
Joseph J. Fins, MD
Abigail Rian Evans
Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Amy S. Tucci
Kenneth J. Doka
Antoon Vandevelde
Chris Gastmans
Yvonne Denier
Elizabeth Chaitin
Ellen L. Csikai
Joy V. Goldsmith
Dale Goldsmith
Fred Craddock
Raphael Cohen-Almagor
Ira Byock
Janna C. Merrick
Robert H. Blank
Jeffrey Paul Bishop, PhD
Susan M. Wolf
Kurt Bayertz
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