Published on April 12, 2013 by William Nunnelley  
Carl Elliott

Dr. Carl Elliott, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the Center for Bioethics and Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, was honored for his contributions to healthcare ethics during the 12th annual Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute (HEAL) at Samford University April 12.

Dr. Elliott (left) received a Pellegrino Medal emblematic of his service to healthcare ethics during a noon luncheon at the day-long program sponsored by Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy.  Dr. Nena F. Sanders, dean of Samford's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing who was recently named Vice Provost of the University's new College of Health Sciences, presented the award.

The medal is named for Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, the first recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Samford has presented Pellegrino Medals to world renowned clinical ethicists over the 12 years of the HEAL Institute's existence.

The conference--designed to help institutional ethics committee members understand pressing healthcare issues--examined "Marketplace Medicine and Conflicts of Interest."  Dr. Elliott delivered the keynote address.

Elliott's scholarly interests include research ethics, the philosophy of psychiatry, enhancement technologies, corruption and others.  In addition to his medical school post, he is on the faculty of the University of  Minnesota Department of Philosophy and is an adjunct member of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

He is the author or editor of seven books, and has written articles for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books and The New England Journal of Medicine.

Elliott was on the faculty at McGill University in Canada prior to his 1997 appointment at Minnesota.  He has held postdoctoral or visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, University of Otaga (New Zealand), East Carolina University and the University of Natal Medical School (now the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine).


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.