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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.

Megan Klint, BA
Molly Rumley, BA
Corrine Smith, PhD (Cand)
David Croy, MD, MS, HEC-C
Catherine McDowell, PhD
Gracie Hsu Yu, MHS
Charles Sell, ThD
Joe Mclhaney, MD
David Hagar, MD
Tom Elkins, MD
Joleen Zivnuska, RN, MSN
Jeannine French, MA
Jim Renke, DMin
Cory Ingram, MD
James Rusthoven, MD, PhD
Jon Tilburt, MD, MPH
Patrick Garner, PhD
Teresa Stanton Collett, JD
C. Sarah Soh
Susan L. Miller
Sabita Manian
Kimberly A. McCabe
Somaly Mam
Eithne Luibhéid
Min Liu
Siddharth Kara
Sheila Jeffreys
Dilip K. Das
Obi N.I. Ebbe
Anthony DeStefano
James O. Finckenauer
Ko-lin Chin
Amalia L. Cabezas
Denise Brennan
Mary Elizabeth Shepherd
Mala Sen
Navtej K. Purewal
Tulsi Patel
D. E. Mungello
Mara Hvistendahl
Reena Dube
Renu Dube
Rashmi Dube Bhatnagar
Daniel Sperling
Rosamund Scott
Elizabeth Jean Thomson
Karen H. Rothenberg
Rachel Roth
Irvine Loudon
Marjorie A. Koblinsky
Sheila Kitzinger
Roger Webber
Affette McCaw-Binns
Julia Hussein
Tony Gray
Paul Hunt
Jon Lasser
Illysa R. Foster
Khiara Bridges
Nicole S. Berry
Tiantian Zheng
Vicci Tallis
Ida Susser
Corinne Squire
Cindy Patton
Gillian Paterson
Pranee Liamputtong
Christine S Smithies
Patricia A Lather
Bernice L. Hausman
Jennifer L Manlowe
Nancy Goldstein
Ednita M. Wright
Dorie J. Gilbert
Quinn Gentry
Linda K. Fuller
Nancy E. Kass
Gail Geller
Musimbi Kanyoro
Musa W. Dube Shomanah
Tamsin Wilton
Jennie Naidoo
Lesley Doyal
Nigel South
Sheila Henderson
Nicholas Dorn
Cheryl Doss
Cecilia Conrad
Desiree Ciambrone
R Dennis Shelby
Carole A. Campbell
Courtney Martin
Marvelyn Brown
Karen M. Booth
Michele Tracy Berger
Julie Ponsford Holland
Arthur J. Ammann
Hillary J. Haldane
Jennifer R. Wies
Martha Albertson Fineman