George J. Annas to Deliver Annual Dudley Allen Sargent Lecture at BU

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(Boston) — George J. Annas, JD, MPH, Edward R. Utley Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights at Boston University (BU) School of Public Health, will deliver the sixth annual Dudley Allen Sargent distinguished lecture on Saturday, October 16, 2004 at BU Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. His lecture is titled “Health Care Ethics: Patient Rights, Patient Safety, and Medical Malpractice.”

Annas is a world-renowned author with more than 200 published articles on the subject of health law and bioethics. He has edited or written twelve books, including his most recent, The Rights of Patients, 3rd Edition (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003). In 2003, Annas was ranked as the nation’s most cited law professor in the field of health law. Moreover, for the last thirteen years, Annas has written a regular feature for the New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Legal Issues in Medicine.”

Annas is a professor of health law at the BU School of Public Health and a professor of socio-medical sciences and community medicine at the BU School of Medicine. Additionally, Annas is a professor of law at the BU School of Law. Annas served as the first director of the Center for Law and Health Sciences at the School of Law and has developed and taught numerous health law courses since 1972.

Annas is the co-founder of Global Lawyers and Physicians, a non-profit professional organization that focuses its efforts on promoting human rights and health around the world. Furthermore, Annas is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the Institute of Medicine, co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Medical Practice and Medical Research as well as their Committee on Health Rights and Bioethics and an honorary fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine.

Annas is the sixth speaker to deliver the annual Dudley Allen Sargent Distinguished Lecture. The Dudley Allen Sargent Distinguished Lecture Series, which started in 1999, celebrates Sargent College’s incorporation into Boston University.

The lecture will take place on Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at BU Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA in Room 101. All attendees are invited to a reception celebrating Sargent College’s 75th anniversary following the lecture.

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