2005 University Lecture
American Bioethics after Nuremberg: Pragmatism, Politics, and Human Rights
Presented by George Annas
Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 7:30 pm
Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue
George Annas is the Edward R. Utley Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights of Boston University School of Public Health, and Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine, and School of Law. He is the cofounder of Global Lawyers and Physicians, a transnational professional association of lawyers and physicians working together to promote human rights and health. He has degrees from Harvard College (A.B. economics, ’67), Harvard Law School (J.D. ’70) and Harvard School of Public Health (M.P.H. ’72).
Professor Annas is the author or editor of sixteen books on health law and bioethics, includingAmerican Bioethics: Crossing Human Rights and Health Law Boundaries(2005),The Rights of Patients(3d ed. 2004), Some Choice: Law, Medicine, and theMarket(1999), Standard of Care: The Law of American Bioethics (l993), and Judging Medicine (1987), and a play entitled Shelley’s Brain, that has been presented to bioethics audiences across the U.S. and in Australia. He is ranked as the nation’s most cited law professor in the field of health law. Professor Annas wrote a regular feature on “law and bioethics” for the Hastings Center Report from 1976 to 1991, and a regular feature on “Public Health and the Law” in the American Journal of Public Healthfrom 1982 to 1992 and since 1991 has written a regular feature on “Legal Issues in Medicine” for theNewEngland Journal of Medicine.
He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the Institute of Medicine, cochair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Health Rights and Bioethics (Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section). He has also held a variety of government regulatory posts, including Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, Chair of the Massachusetts Health Facilities Appeals Board, and Chair of the Massachusetts Organ Transplant Task Force.