Dr. William B. Hurlbut
Hurlbut, M.D. is a physician and Consulting Professor at the
Neuroscience Institute at Stanford University. After receiving his
undergraduate and medical training at Stanford University, he completed
postdoctoral studies in theology and medical ethics, studying with
Robert Hamerton-Kelly, the Dean of the Chapel at Stanford, and
subsequently with the Rev. Louis Bouyer of the Institut Catholique de
His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral awareness, and studies in the integration of theology and philosophy of biology. He is the author of numerous publications on science and ethics including the co-edited volume Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue, and Science, Religion and Human Spirit in the Oxford Handbook of Science and Religion. He is also co-chair of two interdisciplinary faculty projects at Stanford University, “Becoming Human: The Evolutionary Origins of Spiritual, Religious, and Moral Awareness,” and “Brain, Mind and Emergence.”
In addition to teaching at Stanford, Bill has worked with NASA on projects in Astrobiology and is a member of the Chemical and Biological Warfare working group at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. From 2001 to 2009 he served on the President’s Council on Bioethics. He is the author of Altered Nuclear Transfer, a proposed technological solution to the moral controversy over embryonics stem cell research.
Bill earned his B.S. in Biology at Stanford University in 1968 and his M.D. at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1974.
Watch Stem Cells in Healing The sick Ethical Dilemmas – Ethical Possibilities. Read Q&A with William Hurlbut on Altered Nuclear Transfer on National Review Online and Framing the Future: Embryonic Stem Cells, Ethics and the Emerging Era of Developmental Biology.