Jacob M. Appel is a bioethicist and fiction writer. He holds a B.A.
and an M.A. from Brown University, an M.A. and an M.Phil. from Columbia
University, an M.D. from Columbia University's College of Physicians and
Surgeons, an M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University, and a
J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has most recently taught at Brown
University in Providence, Rhode Island, and at the Gotham Writers
Workshop in New York City. He publishes in the field of bioethics and
contributes to such publications as the Journal of Clinical Ethics, the
Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and the Bulletin of the History
of Medicine. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New
York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, and other publications.
Appel has also published short fiction in more than one hundred literary journals. His short story, Shell Game With Organs, won the Boston Review Short Fiction Contest in 1998. His story about two census takers, "Counting," was shortlisted for the O. Henry Award in 2001. Other stories received "special mention" for the Pushcart Prize in 2006 and 2007.
He is admitted to the practice of law in New York State and Rhode Island, and is a licensed New York City sightseeing guide.
Appel contributed a Dangerous Idea to Big Think's "Month of Thinking Dangerously," advocating that we add trace amounts of lithium to our drinking water to help reduce the suicide rate.
Appel is a Big Think Delphi Fellow.