Department of Internal Medicine
General Internal Medicine Faculty
Lauris Christopher Kaldjian, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Program in Bioethics and Humanities, Carver College of Medicine
Dr. Kaldjian's clinical interests include general internal medicine and infectious diseases. His research focuses on clinical ethics, ethics education, disclosure of medical errors, professionalism, religious beliefs in medical practice and ethics, end-of-life issues, and dementia and life-sustaining treatment decisions. Dr. Kaldjian also directs the Program in Bioethics and Humanities and co-directs the Humanities Distinction Track for medical students in the Carver College of Medicine.
Honors, Awards, and Organizations
- Fellow, American College of Physicians
- Member, Society of General Internal Medicine
- Co-chair, Ethics Committee, Society of General Internal Medicine
- Member, Law and Ethics Committee, Iowa Medical Society
- Member, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
- Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002-2006
- Collegiate Teaching Award, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 2005
- Gehlbach TG, Shinkunas LA, Forman-Hoffman VL, Thomas KW, Schmidt GA, Kaldjian LC. Code status orders and goals of care in the medical intensive care unit. CHEST (accepted for publication).
- Kaldjian LC, Broderick A. Developing a policy for do not resuscitate orders within a framework of goals of care. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2011 37:11-19.
- Haberle TH, Shinkunas LA, Erekson ZD, Kaldjian LC. Goals of care among hospitalized patients: a validation study. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2010 Nov 21 [Epub ahead of print].
- Kaldjian LC. Teaching practical wisdom in medicine through clinical judgment, goals of care, and ethical reasoning. Journal of Medical Ethics 2010;36:558-562.
- Leira EC, Kaldjian LC, Ludwig BR, Torner JC, Olalde HM, Hacke W, Adams HP Jr. Lack of international consensus on ethical aspects of acute stroke trials. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disorders 2010 Aug 17 [Epub ahead of print].
- Kaldjian LC, Shinkunas LA, Bern-Klug M, Schultz SK. Dementia, goals of care, and personhood: a study of surrogate decision makers’ beliefs and values. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2010;27:387-397.
- Sarrazin MV, Cannon KT, Rosenthal GE, Kaldjian LC. Racial Differences in Mortality among Veterans Hospitalized for COPD Exacerbation. Journal of the National Medical Association 2009;101:656-662.
- Kaldjian LC, Erekson ZD, Haberle TH, Curtis AE, Shinkunas LA, Cannon KT, Forman-Hoffman VL. Code status discussions and goals of care among hospitalized adults. Journal of Medical Ethics 2009;35:338-342. [Discussion and author interview in Medical Ethics Advisor, August 2009, pp. 91-2.]
- Kaldjian LC, Curtis AE, Shinkunas L, Cannon KT. Goals of care toward the end of life: a structured literature review. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2009;25:501-511.
- Cannon KT, Sarrazin MV, Rosenthal GE, Curtis AE, Thomas KW, Kaldjian LC. Use of mechanical and noninvasive ventilation in black and white chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients within the Veterans Administration Health Care System. Medical Care 2009;47:129-133.
- Kaldjian LC, Forman-Hoffman VF, Jones EW, Wu BJ, Levi BH, Rosenthal GE. Do faculty and resident physicians discuss their medical errors? Journal of Medical Ethics 2008;34:717-722. [Discussion and author interview in Medical Ethics Advisor, December 2008, pp. 136-8.]
- Kaldjian LC, Jones EW, Wu BJ, Forman-Hoffman VF, Levi BH, Rosenthal GE. Reporting medical errors to improve patient safety: a survey of physicians in teaching hospitals. Archives of Internal Medicine 2008;168:40-46.
- Kaldjian LC, Jones EW, Wu BJ, Forman-Hoffman VF, Levi BH, Rosenthal GE. Disclosing medical errors to patients: attitudes and practices of physicians and trainees. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2007;22:988-996.
- Kaldjian LC, Jones EW, Rosenthal GE, Tripp-Reimer T, Hillis S. An empirically derived taxonomy of factors affecting physicians’ willingness to disclose medical errors. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2006;21:942-948.
- Jones EW, Kaldjian LC, Forman-Hoffman V. Factors associated with gastrostomy tube feeding in dementia: a structured literature review. Alzheimer’s & Dementia 2006;2:234-242.
- Kaldjian LC, Jones EW, Rosenthal GE. Facilitating and impeding factors for physicians' error disclosure: a structured literature review. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 2006;32:188-198.
- Kaldjian LC, Weir RF, Duffy TP. A clinician's approach to clinical ethical reasoning. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2005;20:306-311.
- Kaldjian LC, Jekel JK, Bernene JL, Rosenthal GE, Vaughan-Sarrazin M, Duffy TP. Internists' attitudes toward terminal sedation in end-of-life care. Journal of Medical Ethics 2004;30:499-503.
- Kaldjian LC, Wu BJ, Kirkpatrick JN, Thomas-Geevarghese A, Vaughan-Sarrazin M. Medical house officers' attitudes toward vigorous analgesia, terminal sedation, and physician-assisted suicide. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine 2004;21:381-387.
- Kaldjian LC, Jekel JF, Bernene JL, Rosenthal GE, Vaughan-Sarrazin M, Duffy TP. Should disagreement about physician-assisted suicide discourage professional societies from engaging in public debate? A Survey of 677 Connecticut Internists. Connecticut Medicine 2002;66:603-609.
- Sofair AN, Kaldjian LC. Eugenic sterilization and a qualified Nazi analogy: The United States and Germany, 1930-1945. Annals of Internal Medicine 2000;132:312-319.
- Kaldjian LC, Wu B, Jekel JF, Kaldjian EP, Duffy TP. Insertion of femoral vein catheters for practice by medical house officers during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. New England Journal of Medicine 1999;341:2088-2091.
- Kaldjian LC. A theological response to physician-assisted-suicide. Theology Today 1999; 56:197-209.
- Kaldjian LC, Jekel JF, Friedland G. End-of-life decisions in HIV-positive patients: the role of spiritual beliefs. AIDS 1998;12:103-107.
- Kaldjian LC. Persistent vegetative state in Connecticut : legal history and presentation of a case. Connecticut Medicine 1996;60:485-494.
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