In a return visit to the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, Rabbi Claudio Kogan, MD, a bioethics and social justice expert who has served as chaplain for law enforcement agencies in the Rio Grande Valley, discusses science, religion, and current perspectives on the coronavirus pandemic.
Rabbi Kogan previously discussed ethical issues around immigration and the border on the May 24, 2019 episode of this program.
About the Guest
Rabbi Dr. Claudio J. Kogan is the director of the Institute of Bioethics and Social Justice. He is an Associate Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine and a Module Co-Director of Medicine Behavior and Society at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine in Edinburg, Texas.
Dr. Kogan is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He attended the University of Buenos Aires Medical School where he received his M.D. Dr. Kogan received his Maters of Hebrew Letters and his rabbinical ordination at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and his Master of Education from Xavier University, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also received his Master of Medical Ethics from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Rabbi Kogan served on the Human Investigation Committee at Yale University.
Dr. Kogan is a member of the Ethics Committee and the Internal Review Board of UTRGV/ Medical School and a member of the Ethics Committee for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg, Texas. He is also a chaplain to law enforcement agencies in the Rio Grande Valley.
Rabbi Kogan served 26 for years multiple Jewish congregations in Buenos Aires, Michigan, Ohio, South Dakota, Kentucky, Florida and Texas. He is also a Mohel (certified to perform circumcisions) and a firm believer that Medicine and Religion are two sides of the same coin. Dr. Kogan is a strong advocate to combine Science and Spirituality and an activist who has traveled around the world promoting interfaith dialogue.