Jacob M. Appel
|Born||February 21, 1973|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Education||Brown University (BA, MA)|
Columbia University (MA, MPhil, MD)
New York University (MFA)
Harvard University (JD)
Albany Medical Center (MS)
City University of New York, Queens (MFA)
Mount Sinai Medical Center (MPH)
|Genre||short story, essay, drama, novel, poem|
Jacob M. Appel (born February 21, 1973) is an American author, poet, bioethicist, physician, lawyer and social critic. He is best known for his short stories, his work as a playwright, and his writing in the fields of reproductive ethics, organ donation, neuroethics, and euthanasia. Appel's novel The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up won the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012. He is the director of Ethics Education in Psychiatry and an associate professor of psychiatry and medical education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and he practices emergency psychiatry at the adjoining Mount Sinai Health System. Appel is the subject of the 2019 documentary film Jacob by director Jon Stahl.
Appel coined the term "whitecoat washing" to refer to nations using medical collaboration to distract from human rights abuses.
Appel was born in the Bronx to Gerald B. Appel and Alice Appel and raised in Scarsdale, New York, and Branford, Connecticut. His family is Jewish. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Brown University with double majors in English and American literature and in history (1995). He has seven master's degrees from:
He holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (2003) and a Doctor of Medicine from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2009). He completed his medical residency in clinical psychiatry and medical fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is also licensed to practice law in New York and Rhode Island. He was working on a PhD in the history of American medicine and psychiatry from Columbia University as of May 2012.
Appel is a "prolific" short story writer.
His fiction has been published in  literary journals, including Agni, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Shenandoah, StorySouth and Virginia Quarterly Review.
His first story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won Black Lawrence Press's Hudson Prize in 2012. Among the other awards he has won for his short stories are those sponsored by the Boston Review (1998) and New Millennium Writings (2004, 2007, 2008).
He won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for best short story in 2004 and a Sherwood Anderson Foundation grant in 2005. His fiction has been short-listed for the O. Henry Prize (2001), Best American Short Stories (2007, 2008, 2013), Best American Nonrequired Reading (2006, 2007), Best American Mystery Stories (2009) and the Pushcart Prize (2006, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2019).
His debut novel The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up won the 2012 Dundee International Book Prize and was published by Cargo in October 2012. It was described as "A darkly comic satire, full of insight into American culture" by Stephen Fry and "engaging, funny, ingenious, even charming" by Philip Pullman. His book subsequently won The International Rubery Book Award in 2013.
His plays have been performed by companies across the U.S., including the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Heller Theatre, and Epilogue Players.
Appel has taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers' Workshop and New York University. He served as writer-in-residence at Yeshiva College in 2013.
As a professional bioethicist, Appel has published in Hastings Center Report, The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, The Journal of Medical Ethics, The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and GeneWatch, the journal of the Council for Responsible Genetics. He is the author of a "Bioethics in Action" curriculum for The New York Times.
Appel is an advocate for the decriminalization of assisted suicide, raising the possibility that this might be made available to both the terminally ill and those with intractable, long-term mental illness. He has also defended the Groningen Protocol. He has written in favor of abortion rights and fertility treatment for homosexuals, as well as against electronic medical records, which he sees as poorly secured against hacking. He has also argued in favor of the legalization of prostitution, polygamy and incest between consenting adults. He has raised concerns regarding the possibility that employers will require their employees to use pharmaceuticals for cognitive enhancement and has urged that death row inmates be eligible to receive kidney transplants. He generated considerable controversy for endorsing the mandatory use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis as part of the in vitro fertilization process to prevent the implantation of embryos carrying severe genetic defects. Appel has also written in support of an "open border" immigration policy. Among the causes that Appel has embraced is opposition to the forcible feeding of hunger strikers, both in domestic prisons and at Guantanamo Bay. He has written that exposure to literature should be a medical school admissions requirement.
He has taught medical ethics at New York University, Columbia University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Brown University's Alpert Medical School.
Appel writes for both The Huffington Post and Opposing Views. He has staked out a libertarian position on many bioethical issues, advocating a worldview that he describes as "a culture of liberty." He has written opinion pieces in The New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Albany Times-Union, Tucson Citizen, Detroit Free Press, New Haven Register, Baltimore Sun and The Providence Journal. The Best American Essays series named his nonfiction pieces as "notable essays" in the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017, and received "special mention" from the Pushcart Prize in 2012 and 2017.
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