Tod Chambers is associate professor of bioethics and medical humanities and of medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. His areas of research include the rhetoric of bioethics and cross-cultural issues in clinical medicine. He is the author of the book, The Fiction of Bioethics (Routledge) and, with Carl Elliott, is co-editor of Prozac as a Way of Life (University of North Carolina Press). He is presently working on a second monograph on the rhetoric of bioethics which will be published by Rowen & Littlefield.
His original area of study was storytelling as a ritual activity and he conducted research in Thailand from 1988-1989 and in 1990 on the ritualization of the sacred biography of the Buddha. When he finished his dissertation work in 1992, he began teaching ethics and cross-cultural medicine at Northwestern University's medical school. Since 1996 he has been the unit director of the Ethics and Human Values course for first year students and in 2006 he became director of graduate studies. For the academic year of 2003-2004, he was a member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In 2006, he became director of graduate studies in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program. He has served on the editorial boards of the journals Literature and Medicine, Second Opinion, Journal of Medical Humanities, and the American Journal of Bioethics. In 2000-2001, he was co-chair of the annual meeting for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), in 2003 was elected to the board of ASBH, and in 2006 was elected to be ASBH’s president starting in 2007.