George J. Annas, JD, MPH

William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
George Annas
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George J. Annas is William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University and Director of the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights at Boston University School of Public Health, and a member of the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at the School of Public Health. He is also a Professor at the School of Law and School of Medicine. He is author or editor of 20 books on health law and bioethics, including The Rights of Patients (3d ed 2004), Public Health Law (2d ed 2014), American Bioethics (2005), Worst Case Bioethics (2010), and Genomic Messages (2015). He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the co-founder of Global Lawyers & Physicians, an NGO dedicated to promoting health and human rights.

Other Positions

  • Professor, General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Director, Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health


  • Harvard College, AB
  • Harvard Law School, JD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH

Classes Taught

  • SPHLW840
  • SPHLW854
  • SPHLW951
  • SPHPH719


  • Published on 7/5/2016

    Galea S, Annas GJ. Public Health and Human Rights--Reply. JAMA. 2016 Jul 5; 316(1):104-5. PMID: 27380359.

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  • Published on 6/10/2016

    Annas GJ. Force-feeding at Guantanamo. J Med Ethics. 2016 Jun 10. PMID: 27288095.

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  • Published on 5/10/2016

    Annas GJ. Cure research and consent: the Mississippi Baby, Barney Clark, Baby Fae and Martin Delaney. J Med Ethics. 2016 May 10. PMID: 27165841.

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  • Published on 5/1/2016

    Annas G, Grodin M. Hospital Ethics Committees, Consultants, and Courts. AMA J Ethics. 2016; 18(5):554-9. PMID: 27213888.

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  • Published on 2/16/2016

    Galea S, Annas GJ. Aspirations and Strategies for Public Health. JAMA. 2016 Feb 16; 315(7):655-6. PMID: 26822847.

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  • Published on 11/13/2015

    Annas GJ, Mariner WK. (Public) Health and Human Rights in Practice. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2016 Feb; 41(1):129-39. PMID: 26567383.

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  • Published on 6/25/2015

    Ruger JP, Ruger TW, Annas GJ. The Elusive Right to Health Care under U.S. Law. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jun 25; 372(26):2558-63. PMID: 26107056.

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  • Published on 6/11/2015

    Annas GJ, Crosby SS. Post-9/11 torture at CIA "black sites"--physicians and lawyers working together. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jun 11; 372(24):2279-81. PMID: 26061833.

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  • Published on 5/14/2015

    Slotwiner D, Varma N, Akar JG, Annas G, Beardsall M, Fogel RI, Galizio NO, Glotzer TV, Leahy RA, Love CJ, McLean RC, Mittal S, Morichelli L, Patton KK, Raitt MH, Ricci RP, Rickard J, Schoenfeld MH, Serwer GA, Shea J, Varosy P, Verma A, Yu CM. HRS Expert Consensus Statement on remote interrogation and monitoring for cardiovascular implantable electronic devices. Heart Rhythm. 2015 Jul; 12(7):e69-100. PMID: 25981148.

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  • Published on 4/2/2015

    Mariner WK, Annas GJ. Informed consent and the First Amendment. N Engl J Med. 2015 Apr 2; 372(14):1285-7. PMID: 25830420.

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