Bridget R Durkin (she/her) is a physician, medical ethicist, and theater artist from Philadelphia. She trained as an Addiction Medicine fellow at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, where she cared for patients with a range of substance use disorders and complex medical co-morbidities. She is currently a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellow at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and is also a member of the multidisciplinary hospital Ethics Committee.
Bridget trained in Internal Medicine and Primary Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she also attended medical school and obtained a master’s degree in Bioethics. Her interests include interdisciplinary medical education on clinical ethics, substance use disorders, and palliative care. She is passionate about supporting vulnerable patients, especially those living with substance use disorder and comorbid serious illness.
Prior to medical school, Bridget studied Classics and Theater at Princeton University, where her senior thesis explored the origins of apocryphal early Christian texts. She then worked in New York City as a brand strategist and consultant before joining American Express. While in New York, she worked with several emerging theater companies to produce and direct downtown theater. Bridget continues to explore how the arts can improve provider-patient-caregiver communications and examine ethically complex situations. She has performed and spoken at institutions and universities including Colby College and Princeton University.
Photograph by Carina Giamerese