Ronald W. Dworkin, M.D., Ph.D

Ronald W. Dworkin, M.D., Ph.D, has practiced anesthesiology in a large medical center for thirty years. He also teaches political philosophy in the George Washington University Honors Program, and works as a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, where he heads up its Medicine, Society, and Culture project. He writes about medicine and society, and American culture and politics, for The Wall Street Journal, The American Interest, National Affairs, The New Atlantis, and other publications.

He is the author of several books about the world of medicine, and American culture.

His newest book, Medical Catastrophe: Confessions of an Anesthesiologist, was released in 2017.



Dr. Dworkin’s lectures to university, medical, and general audiences are filled with anecdotes from his medical career, but also with big ideas that connect different events in medicine, politics, and society, to help listeners make sense of them. Although medicine is his main area of interest, he has also written books and essays about American politics and culture more generally, with topics ranging from Alexis de Tocqueville to Saint Augustine to Karl Marx, including significant contributions to our understanding of “American exceptionalism” and American capitalism.  

Besides writing for numerous publications, he has appeared on The Today Show, C-Span Booknotes, MSNBC News, CBS Evening News, and other television and radio outlets.

He lives in Maryland.