Nathan Carlin, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), is Professor in the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Dr. Carlin holds the Samuel Karff Chair. He was also elected as the Chair of the Faculty Senate of McGovern Medical School for 2018-2019.

Dr. Carlin directs the Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration for medical students and he co-directs the Clinical Humanities Certificate Program for dental students. At McGovern Medical School, he holds appointments in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Carlin also has an appointment at the Institute for Spirituality and Health.

Dr. Carlin has published over 100 articles, chapters, book reviews, and commentaries. Additionally, he has published 7 books, one of which is a co-edited volume.  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; and Teaching Health Humanities.

Currently, Dr. Carlin is working on three books.  Two of these are edited volumes focused on contemporary physician-authors; the other is 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. (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. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Carlin, N. (2014). Religious mourning: Reversals and restorations in psychological portraits of religious leaders. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.
  • Cole, T. R., & Carlin, N. (2009). The suffering of physicians. The Lancet, 374(9699), 1414-1415.