Mark Siegler, MD

Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery

Executive Director, Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence

Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics

Mark Siegler, MD, the Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, will serve as the first executive director of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence. A respected physician, specializing in internal medicine, Dr. Siegler is internationally known for his work in the field of medical ethics. Established in 1984, the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics quickly became the largest program in clinical ethics in the world. More than 250 physicians and other health professionals have trained at the MacLean Center, many of whom now direct ethics programs in the United States, Canada and Europe.

An honors graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Siegler received his medical degree in 1967 from the University of Chicago. He was an intern, resident and chief resident of medicine at the University of Chicago, followed by a year of advanced training at the Hammersmith-Royal Postgraduate Hospital in London, England. In 1972 he joined the University of Chicago faculty as one of the original faculty in the newly created Section of General Internal Medicine. In this capacity, he organized and directed one of the early medical intensive care units (ICUs) in Chicago. Dr. Siegler has practiced internal medicine at the University for 40 years.

Dr. Siegler’s seminal 1981 paper on “A New Model of the Doctor Patient Encounter” was cited extensively by the 1982 President’s Commission as the basis for recommending a shared decision-making approach for doctors and patients, which has now become the standard model for the doctor-patient relationship in the U.S.

Dr. Siegler, whose research interests include the ethics of surgical innovation, living–donor organ transplantation, end-of-life care, ethics consultation and decision-making within the doctor-patient relationship, has published more than 200 journal articles, 50 book chapters and five books. His textbook “Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine,” now in its 7th edition, is widely used by physicians and health professionals around the world.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice

1967

Board Certification

Internal Medicine

Medical School

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Internship and Residency

The University of Chicago Medicine

Fellowship

Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London (Honorary)

Memberships

American College of Physicians
Association of American Physicians
The Hastings Center

Language Spoken

English

Office Postal Address

Mark Siegler, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 6098
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

Read More About Dr. Siegler

Dr. Siegler is the first executive director of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, a unique initiative that aims to enhance the skills of physicians as advisers, counselors and navigators to help patients make informed decisions when facing complex treatment choices.

Dr. Siegler serves as director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, the leading program in the United States devoted to the study and teaching of clinical ethics.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Siegler's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.