The Reverend Dr. Nathan Carlin is the Director of the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston). Dr. Carlin holds the Samuel Karff Chair and the rank of Professor.

At McGovern Medical School, Dr. Carlin was elected as Chair of the Faculty Senate for 2018-2019, and has an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. At the UTHealth School of Dentistry, Dr. Carlin co-directs the Clinical Humanities Certificate Program for dental students.

Dr. Carlin has published over 100 articles, chapters, book reviews, and commentaries. Additionally, he has published 8 books. These include: Living in Limbo: Life in the Midst of Uncertainty; 100 Years of Happiness: Insights and Findings from the Experts; Religious Mourning: Reversals and Restorations in Psychological Portraits of Religious Leaders; Medical Humanities: An Introduction; The Gift of Sublimation: A Psychoanalytic Study of Multiple Masculinities; Pastoral Aesthetics: A Theological Perspective on Principlist Bioethics; Teaching Health Humanities; and Contemporary-Physician Authors: Exploring the Insights of Doctors Who Write.

Currently, Dr. Carlin is writing a monograph (under contract with Oxford University Press) on medicine and secularization.


Bachelor of Arts
Westminster College
Master of Divinity
Princeton Theological Seminary
Master of Arts
Rice University
Doctor of Philosophy
Rice University

Areas of Interest

Research Interests

Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Pastoral Theology
Psychology of Religion


Publication Information

  • Carlin, N. (Ed.) (2021). Contemporary physician-authors: Exploring the insights of doctors who write. Routledge.
  • Carlin, N. (2020). Correlating bioethics and theology. American Journal of Bioethics, 20(12).
  • Carlin, N. (2015). Doctors and Dr. Seuss: Restoring the patient’s voice. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 24(1), 113-119.
  • Cole, T. R., Carlin, N., & Carson, R. A. (2014). Medical humanities: An introduction. Cambridge University Press.
  • Carlin, N. (2014). Religious mourning: Reversals and restorations in psychological portraits of religious leaders. Wipf and Stock Publishers.
  • Cole, T. R., & Carlin, N. (2009). The suffering of physicians. The Lancet, 374(9699), 1414-1415.