Elliott J. Crigger, PhD

Elliott Crigger serves as director of ethics policy for the American Medical Association and secretary to the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, the body responsible for the AMA’s Code of Medical Ethics. Dr. Crigger and his staff support the Council in researching and preparing ethics guidance for practicing physicians, as well as developing educational activities relating to the Code.

Dr. Crigger came to the AMA in 2007 from the National Center for Ethics in Health Care at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC, where he served as chief of ethics communications, as well as a member of the development team for Integrated Ethics, a national education and organizational change initiative. He was also primary staff researcher and writer for VHA's National Ethics Committee. 

Prior to his appointment with VA, Dr. Crigger was a member of the professional staff of The Hastings Center, joining the Center staff in 1986. Over his tenure with the center he served as senior editor of the Hastings Center Report, managing editor of IRB: A Review of Human Subjects Research, and senior editor of the revamped IRB: Ethics & Human Research. As Associate for Cultural Studies, Dr. Crigger participated regularly in center research projects. 

From 2003 to 2017 Dr. Crigger served on the Performance and Safety Monitoring Board of The HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, NY State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Chicago’s Howard Brown Health. 

Dr. Crigger holds a PhD in anthropology and linguistics from The University of Chicago.