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Farr A Curlin

Professor of Medicine
Medicine, General Internal Medicine
3040, 108 Seeley G Mudd Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
3040, 108 Seeley G Mudd Bldg, Durham, NC 27710


Farr Curlin, MD, is Josiah Trent Professor of Medical Humanities in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, & History of Medicine and Co-Director of the Theology, Medicine and Culture Initiative (TMC) at Duke University. Dr. Curlin has worked to bring attention to the intersection of medicine, ethics, and theology. In 2012 he helped to found both the University of Chicago’s Program on Medicine and Religion and the annual Conference on Medicine and Religion. Since 2015, through Duke Divinity School’s TMC Initiative, he and colleagues have brought graduate theological training to those with vocations to health care. Starting in 2023, Dr. Curlin also is working with colleagues across North America to develop the Hippocratic Society, an association of students and practitioners dedicated to fulfilling the profession to heal. He is co-author, with Chris Tollefsen, of The Way of Medicine: Ethics and the Healing Profession (Notre Dame University Press, 2021), as well as more than 150 articles and book chapters addressing the moral and spiritual dimensions of medical practice.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Medicine · 2015 - Present Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Medicine
Professor of Medical Humanities · 2014 - Present Divinity School
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society · 2017 - Present Duke Science & Society, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1998 M.D.