John Z. Sadler, MD,  Director of the Program in Ethics in Science & Medicine and Chief of the Division of Ethics in the Department of Psychiatry is internationally acclaimed for his work  in the field of Philosophy of Psychiatry. He is co-founder and treasurer of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy & Psychiatry, an organization dedicated to exploring conceptual issues at the interface of psychiatry and philosophy, and is on the Executive Board of the International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Dr. Sadler is co-editor of an international journal, Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, the Current Opinion in Psychiatry section on History & Philosophy, and the Oxford University Press book series, “International Perspectives on Philosophy and Psychiatry”. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Sadler’s work in the philosophy and ethics of psychiatry prompted the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians to award their Psychiatric Excellence Award to him in 2001. Dr. Sadler’s ongoing work in the education of medical students, residents, and practitioners has earned him several teaching awards, including the Nancy C.A. Roeske Certificate of Excellence in Medical Education from the American Psychiatric Association, appointment as a UT System and UT Southwestern Distinguished Teaching Professor, and election to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society anno domini. Dr. Sadler has edited or co-edited several books, several special issues of professional journals, and authored Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis and in collaboration with philosopher, Jennifer Radden, co-authored The Virtuous Psychiatrist: Character Ethics in Clinical Practice. Dr. Sadler has published dozens of articles and chapters in the area of clinical psychiatry, psychiatric education, bioethics, and the philosophy of psychiatry. Since 1985, he has served on the Parkland Hospital & Health System Institutional Ethics Committee and since 1989 has served as its co-chair and the clinical ethics consultant to the hospital. Dr. Sadler received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and trained in psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center before joining the faculty.


Medical School
Indiana University School of Medicine (1980)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1981), Psychiatry
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1984), Psychiatry

Research Interest

  • Clinical Research Ethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry


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Honors & Awards

  • UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
    Recipient (2012)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Medical honorary fraternity (2008)
  • Charter Member
    The UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT) (2006)
  • Member
    The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education (2006)
  • Distinguished Fellow
    American Psychiatric Association (2002)
  • Psychiatric Excellence Award
    Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (2001)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Association for the Advancement of Philosophy & Psychiatry
  • North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians
  • Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians