John Z. Sadler, M.D. is currently a Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences and the Daniel W. Foster, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics at UT Southwestern. Dr. Sadler directs the Department of Clinical Science’s Division of Ethics & Health Policy and the Division of Ethics in the Department of Psychiatry. Currently he serves as an International Fellow in the Institute for Philosophy, Diversity, & Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire (UK).
Dr. Sadler received his B.S. Degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in 1976 and his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1980. He took his internship and residency in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and was Chief Resident in Psychiatry there in 1984. Following his residency he joined the faculty at UT Southwestern and has remained there since.
Dr. Sadler has edited or co-edited three books, several special issues of professional journals, and authored a comprehensive monograph, Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis, published in 2005 and in collaboration with philosopher Jennifer Radden, The Virtuous Psychiatrist: Character Ethics in Clinical Practice in 2009. He has published dozens of articles and chapters in the area of clinical psychiatry, psychiatric education, bioethics, and the philosophy of psychiatry. He maintains a small practice of general psychiatry and involvement with psychiatric professional organizations. Since 1985 he has served on the Parkland Memorial Hospital Institutional Ethics Committee and since 1989 has served as its Co-Chair and clinical ethics consultant to the hospital. Since 2001 Sadler has served as Chair of UT Southwestern’s Institutional Review Board #3.