Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D.
Dr. Pellegrino is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics
and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University.
He has served as Director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics
at Georgetown University; head of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics
and director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics at Georgetown;
President of Catholic University; President and Chairman of the
Yale-New Haven Medical Center; Chancellor and Vice President of
Health Affairs at the University of Tennessee; founding Chairman
of the Department of Medicine at the University of Kentucky; and
Founding Director and Vice President of the Health Sciences Center,
State University of New York, Stony Brook, where he oversaw six
schools of health sciences and the hospital, and served as Health
Affairs Dean of the School of Medicine.
He has authored or co-authored 24 books and more than 550 published
articles; is founding editor of the Journal of Medicine and
Philosophy; a Master of the American College of Physicians;
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science;
member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences;
recipient of a number of honorary doctorates; and a recipient of
the Benjamin Rush Award from the American Medical Association, and
the Abraham Flexner Award of the Association of American Medical
In 2004, Pellegrino was named to the International Bioethics Committee
of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO), which is the only advisory body within the United Nations
system to engage in reflection on the ethical implications of advances
in life sciences.
Throughout his career, Dr. Pellegrino has continued seeing patients
in clinical consults, teaching medical students, interns and residents,
and doing research. Since his retirement in 2000, Dr. Pellegrino
has remained at Georgetown, continuing to write, teach medicine
and bioethics, and participate in regular clinical attending services.
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