Lauris C. Kaldjian, MD, PhD

Richard M. Caplan Chair in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities
Professor of Internal Medicine - General Internal Medicine

Contact Information

Primary Office: 1-106 MEB
Iowa City, IA 52242


BS, University of Michigan
BA, Oxford University
MD, University of Michigan Medical School
M Div, Yale Divinity School
PhD, Religious Ethics, Yale University

Internship, Internal Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Resident, Internal Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellow, Infectious Disease, Yale University School of Medicine

Licensure and Certifications

Controlled Substance Certification - Federal DEA
Diplomat in Infectious Diseases - ABIM
Diplomat in Internal Medicine - ABIM

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Translational Biomedicine, Program in Bioethics and Humanities


Polacco, M. A., Shinkunas, L., Perencevich, E. N., Kaldjian, L. C. & Reisinger, H. S. (2015). See one, do one, teach one: hand hygiene attitudes among medical students, interns, and faculty. American Journal of Infection Control, 43(2), 159–161. PMID: 25637116.

Kaldjian, L. C. (2014). Practicing medicine and ethics: integrating wisdom, conscience, and goals of care. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.

Kaldjian, L. C. (2014). Patient care and population health: goals, roles and costs. (Vols. 3). (2), pp. 311. Journal of Public Health Research. PMID: 25343140.

DeCamp, M., Farber, N. J., Torke, A. M., George, M., Berger, Z., Keirns, C. C. & Kaldjian, L. C. (2014). Ethical challenges for accountable care organizations: a structured review. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 29(10), 1392–1399. PMID: 24664441.

Kaldjian, L. C. (2013). Clinical ethical discussions: three ethical reasons why they can be very challenging. Clinical Business Excellence, 12, 12-15.

Christine, P. J., Kaldjian, L. C. (2013). Communicating evidence in shared decision making. The Virtual Mentor, 15(1), 17-Sep. PMID: 23356800.

Kaldjian, L. C. (2013). Communicating moral reasoning in medicine as an expression of respect for patients and integrity among professionals. Communication & Medicine, 10(2), 177–183. PMID: 24851512.

Secunda, K., Gordon, E. J., Sohn, M. W., Shinkunas, L. A., Kaldjian, L. C., Voigt, M. D. & Levitsky, J. (2013). National survey of provider opinions on controversial characteristics of liver transplant candidates. Liver Transplantation, 19(4), 395-403. PMID: 23197388.

Kaldjian, L. C. (2012). Patients and borders, money and mission: responding to medically needy persons from other countries who lack financial resources. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 55(2), 186-200. PMID: 22643757.

Ely, J. W., Kaldjian, L. C. & D'Alessandro, D. M. (2012). Diagnostic errors in primary care: lessons learned. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM, 25(1), 87-97. PMID: 22218629.

Kaldjian, L. (2012). End-of-life care: ethical decision making. In End-of-Life Care: Core Competencies for Physicians. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Medical Society.

Gehlbach, T. G., Shinkunas, L. A., Forman-Hoffman, V. L., Thomas, K. W., Schmidt, G. A. & Kaldjian, L. C. (2011). Code status orders and goals of care in the medical ICU. Chest, 139(4), 802-9. PMID: 21292755.

Ellingson, K., Polgreen, P. M., Schneider, A., Shinkunas, L., Kaldjian, L. C., Wright, D., Thomas, G. W., Segre, A. M., Herman, T., McDonald, L. C. & Sinkowitz-Cochran, R. (2011). Healthcare personnel perceptions of hand hygiene monitoring technology. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 32(11), 1091-6. PMID: 22011536.

Haberle, T. H., Shinkunas, L. A., Erekson, Z. D. & Kaldjian, L. C. (2011). Goals of care among hospitalized patients: a validation study. The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, 28(5), 335-41. PMID: 21097876.

Kaldjian, L. C., Broderick, A. (2011). Developing a policy for do not resuscitate orders within a framework of goals of care. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 37(1), 9-Nov. PMID: 21306061.

Kaldjian, L. C., Shinkunas, L. A., Bern-Klug, M. & Schultz, S. K. (2010). Dementia, goals of care, and personhood: a study of surrogate decision makers' beliefs and values. The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, 27(6), 387-97. PMID: 20167835.

Kaldjian, L. C. (2010). Teaching practical wisdom in medicine through clinical judgement, goals of care, and ethical reasoning. Journal of Medical Ethics, 36(9), 558-62. PMID: 20817821.

Sarrazin, M. V., Cannon, K. T., Rosenthal, G. E. & Kaldjian, L. C. (2009). Racial differences in mortality among veterans hospitalized for exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Journal of the National Medical Association, 101(7), 656-62. PMID: 19634586.

Kaldjian, L. C., Erekson, Z. D., Haberle, T. H., Curtis, A. E., Shinkunas, L. A., Cannon, K. T. & Forman-Hoffman, V. L. (2009). Code status discussions and goals of care among hospitalized adults. Journal of Medical Ethics, 35(6), 338-42. PMID: 19482974.

Cannon, K. T., Sarrazin, M. V., Rosenthal, G. E., Curtis, A. E., Thomas, K. W. & Kaldjian, L. C. (2009). Use of mechanical and noninvasive ventilation in black and white chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients within the Veterans Administration health care system. Medical Care, 47(1), 129-33. PMID: 19106742.

Kaldjian, L. C. (2008). Review of: Biotechnology and the Human Good. In , C. B. Mitchell , E. D. Pellegrino , J. B. Elshtain , J. F. Kilner , S. B. Rae (Eds.) Am J Bioethics. (6), pp. 55-6. Georgetown University Press.

Kaldjian, L. C., Jones, E. W., Wu, B. J., Forman-Hoffman, V. L., Levi, B. H. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2008). Reporting medical errors to improve patient safety: a survey of physicians in teaching hospitals. Archives of Internal Medicine, 168(1), 40-6. PMID: 18195194.

Kaldjian, L. C., Forman-Hoffman, V. L., Jones, E. W., Wu, B. J., Levi, B. H. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2008). Do faculty and resident physicians discuss their medical errors?. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34(10), 717-22. PMID: 18827101.

Kaldjian, L. C., Curtis, A. E., Shinkunas, L. A. & Cannon, K. T. (2008). Goals of care toward the end of life: a structured literature review. The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, 25(6), 501-11. PMID: 19106284.

Kaldjian, L. C., Jones, E. W., Wu, B. J., Forman-Hoffman, V. L., Levi, B. H. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2007). Disclosing medical errors to patients: attitudes and practices of physicians and trainees. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 22(7), 988-96. PMID: 17473944.

Kaldjian, L. C., Jones, E. W., Rosenthal, G. E., Tripp-Reimer, T. & Hillis, S. L. (2006). An empirically derived taxonomy of factors affecting physicians' willingness to disclose medical errors. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21(9), 942-8. PMID: 16918739.

Kaldjian, L. C., Jones, E. W. & Rosenthal, G. E. (2006). Facilitating and impeding factors for physicians' error disclosure: a structured literature review. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient safety / Joint Commission Resources, 32(4), 188-98. PMID: 16649649.

Jones, E. W., Kaldjian, L. C. & Forman-Hoffman, V. (2006). Factors associated with gastrostomy tube feeding in dementia: a structured literature review. Alzheimer's & Dementia, 2(3), 234-42. PMID: 19595892.

Kaldjian, L. C., Wu, B. J., Kirkpatrick, J. N., Thomas-Geevarghese, A. & Vaughan-Sarrazin, M. (2004). Medical house officers' attitudes toward vigorous analgesia, terminal sedation, and physician-assisted suicide. The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, 21(5), 381-7. PMID: 15510576.

Kaldjian, L. C., Jekel, J. F., Bernene, J. L., Rosenthal, G. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M. & Duffy, T. P. (2004). Internists' attitudes towards terminal sedation in end of life care. Journal of Medical Ethics, 30(5), 499-503. PMID: 15467087.

Kaldjian, L. C., Jekel, J. F., Bernene, J. L., Rosenthal, G. E., Vaughan-Sarrazin, M. & Duffy, T. P. (2002). Should disagreement about physician-assisted suicide discourage professional societies from engaging in public debate? A survey of 677 Connecticut internists. Connecticut Medicine, 66(10), 603-9. PMID: 12448213.

Sofair, A. N., Kaldjian, L. C. (2000). Eugenic sterilization and a qualified Nazi analogy: the United States and Germany, 1930-1945. Annals of Internal Medicine, 132(4), 312-9. PMID: 10681287.

Kaldjian, L. C., Wu, B. J., Jekel, J. F., Kaldjian, E. P. & Duffy, T. P. (1999). Insertion of femoral-vein catheters for practice by medical house officers during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The New England Journal of Medicine, 341(27), 2088-91. PMID: 10615084.

Kaldjian, L. C. (1999). A theological response to physician-assisted suicide. Theology Today (Princeton, N.J.), 56(2), 197-209. PMID: 12484406.

Kaldjian, L. C., Jekel, J. F. & Friedland, G. (1998). End-of-life decisions in HIV-positive patients: the role of spiritual beliefs. AIDS (London, England), 12(1), 103-7. PMID: 9456260.

Kaldjian, L. C. (1996). Persistent vegetative state in Connecticut: legal history and the presentation of a case. Connecticut Medicine, 60(8), 485-94. PMID: 8823980.

Barry, M., Kaldjian, L. C. (1993). Neurocysticercosis. Seminars in Neurology, 13(2), 131-43. PMID: 8356346.