Lydia S. Dugdale, MD

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Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR (ethics), is the Dorothy L. and Daniel H. Silberberg Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She also serves as Co-Director of Clinical Ethics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

A practicing internist, Dr Dugdale moved to Columbia in 2019 from Yale University, where she previously served as Associate Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics. Her scholarship focuses on end-of-life issues, the role of aesthetics in teaching ethics, moral injury, 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. Dr Dugdale attended medical school at the University of Chicago, completed residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and holds a MAR in ethics from Yale Divinity School.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Medical Ethics

Academic Appointments

  • Dorothy L. and Daniel H. Silberberg Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Co-Director of Clinical Ethics, NewYork-Presbyterian Milstein Hospital
  • Director, Columbia Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Department of Medicine, VP&S

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Internship: Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine