Arthur L. Caplan is an American professor of Bioethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Arthur is the author or editor of twenty-five books and over 500 papers in refereed journals of medicine, science, philosophy, bioethics and health policy.
Caplan has served on a number of national and international committees including as the Chair National Cancer Institute Biobanking Ethics Working Group, the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations on Human Cloning, and the Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Department of Health and Human Services on Blood Safety and Availability. He chairs the advisory committee on bioethics at Glaxo, and writes a regular column on bioethics for MSNBC.com.
Caplan is the recipient of many awards and honors including the McGovern Medal of the American Medical Writers Association and the Franklin Award from the City of Philadelphia. He was a person of the Year-2001 from “USA Today”, one of the fifty most influential people in American health care by “Modern Health Care” magazine, and one of the ten most influential people in America in biotechnology by the “National Journal”.