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Ph.D., 1976 UCLA
Daniel Wikler is the Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics in the Department of Population and International Health at The Harvard School of Public Health.
Daniel Wikler’s current research interests are ethical issues in population
and international health, including the allocation of health resources, health
research involving human subjects, and ethical dilemmas arising in public health
practice. He served as the first Staff Ethicist for the World Health Organization,
and remains a consultant to several WHO programs. Prof. Wikler was co-founder
and second president of the International Association of Bioethics and has served
on the advisory boards of the Asian Bioethics Association and the Pan American
Health Organization Regional Program in Bioethics.
Professor Wikler is presently co-director of the Program on Ethical Issues in
International Health Research at the School of Public Health. In addition to
a program of both empirical and theoretical research on ethical issues in health
research, particularly in developing countries, the Program offers fellowships
for scholars in developing countries and sponsors an intensive each year for
an international clientele. Versions of the course have been taught in ten developing
countries. Prof. Wikler currently is co-director of a collaborative project with
the PRC Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to join Chinese
colleagues, including former Program fellows, in an effort to enhance the China’s
capacity for ethical review of health research. A frequent lecturer on ethics
and health in the PRC and Hong Kong, Prof. Wikler holds honorary appointments
at two Beijing research institutions.
Professor Wikler’s published work addresses many issues in bioethics, including
issues in reproduction, transplantation, and end-of-life decision-making in addition
to population and international health. His book series, Studies in Philosophy
and Health Policy, was published by Cambridge University Press, as was From Chance
to Choice: Genetics and Justice, co-authored by Prof. Wikler and three other
philosophers. While at the World Health Organization, he instituted an international
collaboration among philosophers and economists on ethical, methodological, and
philosophical issues raised by WHO’s work in measurement of the global
burden of disease and in developing methods for improving health resource allocation.
As a core faculty member in the Program in Ethics and Health, Professor Wikler
participates in faculty research and curriculum development groups on such issues
as disparities in health status and the impact of corruption and fraud on public
Brock, D. and Wikler D., Ethical Issues in Resource Allocation and New Product
Development. In Jamison, Dean et al, Disease Control Priorities in Developing
Countries, second edition. Oxford University Press, 2005
Wikler,D. Personal and Social Responsibility for Health. In Sudhir Anand, Fabienne Peter and Amartya Sen, eds., Public Health, Ethics, and Equity. Oxford University Press, 2005.
Wikler, D. and Cash, R. Ethical Issues in Global Public Health. In Robert Beaglehole,
ed., Global Public Health: A New Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Wikler, D. and Murray, C., eds. "Justice, Wellbeing, Health: Ethical Issues
in Health Resource Allocation, in progress.
Buchanan, A., Brock, D., Daniels, N. and Wikler, D. From Choice to Chance: Genetics
and Justice. Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Program on Ethical Issues in
International Health Research - Located at the Harvard
School of Public Health, the Program links Harvard scholars with colleagues throughout
the world who share an interest in resolving ethical dilemmas arising in health
research through empirical and theoretical investigation, education, and training.