Michael A. Grodin, MD

Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Health Law, Policy & Management

Michael Grodin
715 Albany St Talbot Building


Michael Alan Grodin, M.D., is Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health and Professor in the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, where he has received the two highest awards granted the Faculty, the Career Research and Scholarship Award and the Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Grodin is Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Grodin is Director of the Project on Medicine and the Holocaust at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, core faculty of Judaic Studies and a member of the Division of Religious Studies of the College of Arts and Sciences. He completed his B.S. degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.D. degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, his postdoctoral and fellowship training at UCLA and Harvard, and he has been on the faculty of Boston University for the past 34 years.

Dr. Grodin is the Medical Ethicist at Boston Medical Center and for thirteen years served as Chairman of the Institutional Review Board of the Department of Health and Hospitals of the City of Boston. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, served on the board of directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and the Advisory Board of the Center for the Philosophy and History of Science. He is a member of the Ethics Review Board of Physicians for Human Rights and co-director of Global Lawyers and Physicians: Working Together for Human Rights, a transnational NGO. He was founding director of the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights: Caring for Survivors of Torture which received the 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project for “sensitivity and dedication in caring for the health and human rights of refugees and survivors of torture.” An international expert on Medicine and the Holocaust, Professor Grodin has received a special citation from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in recognition of his “profound contributions – through original and creative research – to the cause of Holocaust education and remembrance.” He was a Member of the Global Implementation Project of the Istanbul Protocol Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and an Advisor to UNESCO. Dr. Grodin was the 2000 Julius Silberger Scholar and recipient of the 2014 Kravetz Award as an elected member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Four times named one of America’s Top Physicians, he has received 4 national Humanism in Medicine and Humanitarian Awards for “integrity, clinical excellence and compassion”, “outstanding humanism in medicine and integrity as a faculty member” and “compassion, empathy, respect and cultural sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients and their families.”

Dr. Grodin has delivered over 500 invited regional, national and international addresses, published more than 200 scholarly papers, and edited or co-edited 7 books: “The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code: Human Rights in Human Experimentation” and “Children as Research Subjects: Science, Ethics and Law” of the Bioethics Series of Oxford University Press, a book in the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science Series of Kluwer Academic Press entitled “Meta-Medical Ethics: The Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics,” and three books published by Routledge: “Health and Human Rights: A Reader” selected as 2nd of the top 10 humanitarian books of 1999, “Perspectives on Health and Human Rights” and “Health and Human Rights in a Changing World.” Professor Grodin has recently completed a book entitled “Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust” and has completed the first draft of a new book, “Spiritual Resistance and Rabbinic Responsa During the Holocaust.” Dr. Grodin’s primary areas of interest include: the relationship of health and human rights, medicine and the holocaust, and bioethics.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Active Staff Privileges, Psychiatry, Boston Medical Center


  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS


  • Published on 10/1/2018

    Polak RJA, Grodin MA. Letter: Nerve Surgeons' Assessment of the Role of Eduard Pernkopf's Atlas of Topographic and Applied Human Anatomy in Surgical Practice. Neurosurgery. 2018 Oct 01; 83(4):E188. PMID: 30010989.

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  • Published on 9/14/2018

    Yee A, Zubovic E, Yu J, Ray S, Hildebrandt S, Seidelman WE, Polak RJA, Grodin MA, Coert JH, Brown D, Kodner IJ, Mackinnon SE. Ethical considerations in the use of Pernkopf's Atlas of Anatomy: A surgical case study. Surgery. 2018 Sep 14. PMID: 30224084.

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  • Published on 3/13/2018

    Henry AML, Grodin MA. Human Trafficking: A Health and Human Rights Agenda. Ann Intern Med. 2018 May 01; 168(9):674-675. PMID: 29532084.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Annas GJ, Grodin MA. Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial. Am J Public Health. 2018 Jan; 108(1):10-12. PMID: 29211519.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Gebel C. Long K. Grodin M. Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health: Evidence, Implications and Resources Omen (Ed). The Boston University Experience: Religion, Ethics and Public Health. Springer. 2018; 397-408.

  • Published on 11/21/2017

    Grodin MA, Miller EL, Kelly JI. The Nazi Physicians as Leaders in Eugenics and "Euthanasia": Lessons for Today. Am J Public Health. 2018 Jan; 108(1):53-57. PMID: 29161068.

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  • Published on 7/1/2017

    Hildebrandt S, Benedict S, Miller E, Gaffney M, Grodin MA. "Forgotten" Chapters in the History of Transcervical Sterilization: Carl Clauberg and Hans-Joachim Lindemann. J Hist Med Allied Sci. 2017 Jul 01; 72(3):272-301. PMID: 28873982.

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  • Published on 5/1/2017

    Annas GJ, Grodin MA. Frozen Ethics: Melting the Boundaries Between Medical Treatment and Organ Procurement. Am J Bioeth. 2017 05; 17(5):22-24. PMID: 28430061.

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  • Published on 5/1/2016

    Annas G, Grodin M. Hospital Ethics Committees, Consultants, and Courts. AMA J Ethics. 2016 May 01; 18(5):554-9. PMID: 27213888.

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  • Published on 2/1/2015

    Longacre M, Beinfeld S, Hildebrandt S, Glantz L, Grodin MA. Public health in the Vilna Ghetto as a form of Jewish resistance. Am J Public Health. 2015 Feb; 105(2):293-301. PMID: 25521892.

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