Lydia Dugdale

  • Professor of Medicine and Director, Columbia Center for Clinical Medical Ethics

  • Associate Director of Clinical Ethics, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons


Dugdale also serves as Associate Director of Clinical Ethics at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irvine Medical Center. A practicing internist, Dugdale moved to Columbia in 2019 from Yale University, where she previously served as Associate Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and founding Co-Director of the Yale Program on Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion. Dugdale’s scholarship focuses on end-of-life issues, medical ethics, and the doctor-patient relationship. She edited Dying in the Twenty-First Century (MIT Press, 2015) and is author of The Lost Art of Dying (HarperOne, 2020), a popular press book on the preparation for death. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed her internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She studied for her Master of Arts in Religion (ethics concentration) at Yale Divinity School.

Academic biography

Research topics

  1. My book The Lost Art of Dying will be published with HarperCollins in July 2020. It aspires to help all people prepare well for death. Living well is requisite for dying well.
  2. I am analyzing ethics consultations that my New York City hospital received during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contributions to

Flourishing / Medicine (Preview Response)
Discipline(s): Medicine
Theology: Flourishing

Justice / Medicine (Preview Response)
Discipline(s): Medicine
Theology: Justice