George Annas is the Edward R. Utley Professor and Chair of the Health Law
Department 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 (AB, economics '67), Harvard Law School
(JD '70) and Harvard School of Public Health (MPH'72), as well as an honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters from Salem State College ('94), which he was awarded
for "his scholarship, value analysis, and persistent advocacy for human rights."
Professor Annas has written more than 200 articles on health law and bioethics.
He 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 Health from 1982 to 1992. Since
1991 he has written a regular feature on "Legal Issues in Medicine" for the
New England Journal of Medicine. He is the author or editor of twelve
books on health law, including The Rights of Patients (1975), Judging
Medicine (1987), and Standard of Care (1993), and a play entitled
Shelley's Brain, that has been presented to bioethics audiences across
the U.S. and in Australia. His most recent books are Some Choice: Law, Medicine
& the Market (Oxford, 1998), and Health and Human Rights (Routledge,
1999, coedited). 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 Medical Practice and Medical Research (Science and
Technology Section), an honorary fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine,
and the founder of the Law, Medicine, and Ethics Program at Boston University.
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 Commonwealth's Organ Transplant