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Allen Keller
Dr. Allen Keller is Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture and Director of the NYU School of Medicine Center for Health and Human Rights. He co-chairs the Bellevue Hospital Bioethics Committee and is a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, where he has taught a course on “Health and Human Rights” for more than 10 years..

Since 1995, nearly 3,000 men, women and children from over 80 countries have received comprehensive and multidisciplinary care through the Bellevue/NYU Program. The Program has developed an international reputation for excellence in its clinical, educational and research activities. Dr. Keller is recognized internationally as an expert in the documentation, evaluation and treatment of victims of torture and other human rights abuses.

Dr. Keller is on the Advisory Board of Physicians for Human Rights. Dr. Keller has received several awards for his work, including the Barbara Chester Award from the Hopi Foundation, The Humanism in Medicine Award from NYU School of Medicine, and the NYU distinguished Alumnus Award. He is the 2008 recipient of the Eclipse Award from the Center for Victims of Torture. For more information about the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture or to support their work visit

Entries by Allen Keller

Twas the Night of Deportation

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 2:31 PM

The Obama administration is following through on its inhumane New Year's resolution to deport undocumented Central American Women and Children-many of whom came to this country fleeing for their lives.

Just before celebrating Christmas and the birth of Jesus- arguably the most famous undocumented immigrant of all time- the...

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Healing and Hope for Torture Survivors

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. It is a day to reaffirm our commitment to caring for those and their families who have endured and survived such brutality.

It is also a day to stand up to prevent torture from occurring. For years, I have...

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May I Have the Waterboard Please...

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 7:08 PM

Neither waterboards, nor Zero Dark Thirty, which won but ½ an Oscar for sound editing, received much attention at last night's Academy Awards. Perhaps the better films won or it was luck of the draw. Perhaps, as British commentator Glenn Greenwald said "The stigma attached to the pro-torture...

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Outsourcing Torture

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 4:27 PM

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Thursday, CIA director nominee John Brennan noted that the United States "needs to make sure we are setting a standard for the world." We can only hope that when it comes to our country outsourcing torture, Mr. Brennan has learned that's not the way to...

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If Only the Torture Memos Were a Game Show

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 12:07 PM

If those who provided misguided and unethical legal cover for the Bush-Cheney administration's torture policy get away with it, at least we can still hope that those who would dare to undermine the integrity of a television game show will be held accountable.

Friday, the New York Times reported...

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Make Sure Health Care Reform Isn't "Bah, Humbug!"

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 3:10 PM

The Senate has wrapped up a much needed gift to our nation of health care reform. But it will be incumbent upon the Senate/House conference who will determine the final bill to ensure the package doesn't contain a lump of coal for states, such as New York, that have led...

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Call Health Care What It Is: A Basic Human Right

(9) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 2:54 PM

For those seeking a guiding principle (this sounds much better than "sound bite") for health care reform here it is: "Health care is a basic human right."

Or put another way: "As members of American society, we have a fundamental right to health care."

It is striking...

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Now That's Trampling

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2009 | 5:38 PM

The juxtaposition on the front page of yesterday's New York Times was chilling. A photograph showed an irate town hall attendee screaming at Arlen Specter with the accompanying caption "You're trampling on the Constitution." Beneath, was an unrelated article entitled "Two US Architects of Harsh Tactics in 9/11's Wake." The...

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Torture, Healing and Accountability

(6) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 7:03 PM

You may not know it, but June 26 is United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. It was on this day 25 years ago, that an international treaty banning torture, cruel inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment went into effect. Our country is a signatory to this...

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Torture by Any Other Name

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 6:36 PM

Misconceptions and distortions about torture by former Vice President Cheney and other former Bush administration officials are, if nothing else, impressive for their hubris. In a speech last Thursday, Mr. Cheney asserted that "tough" or "enhanced" interrogation methods were legal, essential, effective, and were not torture.

Mr. Cheney is...

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Making His List: Presidential Pardons and Torture

(43) Comments | Posted December 27, 2008 | 12:56 PM

Tis the season. Santa had his naughty or nice gift list and checked it twice. President Bush is still working on his list-the one granting pardons. And while a Brooklyn developer at the center of a fraud scheme has already been scratched, will those who conceived and implemented this...

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