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Bioethics Commission Executive Director to Receive Pellegrino Medal

Lisa M. Lee, Ph.D., M.S., Executive Director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission), will receive the Pellegrino Medal for her contributions to health care ethics. The award will be presented April 11 during the 2014 Conference of Samford University’s Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEAL) Institute in Birmingham, Ala.

Established in 2001 by the HEAL Institute, the Pellegrino Medal honors individuals recognized as “leaders for contributions to healthcare ethics in the selfless spirit of Edmund D. Pellegrino.” The medal’s namesake, Edmund Pellegrino, was the first recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and has been called the “father of the American bioethics movement.” Other notable recipients of the medal include Tom L. Beauchamp, James F. Childress, and Bioethics Commission Member Daniel P. Sulmasy.

“This field calls us and I am honored to be in the company of these bioethics pioneers,” Lee commented upon learning of the award.

“Lisa truly honors Ed Pellegrino’s spirit of expert and selfless devotion to bioethics,” said Amy Gutmann, Ph.D., Chair of the Bioethics Commission.

The author of numerous publications in both science and ethics, Lee has taught graduate-level courses in public health ethics, serves on the editorial board of two health journals, and is the lead editor of Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance, 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2010). Lee’s current interests include bioethics pedagogy and public health ethics. Before coming to the Bioethics Commission, Lee worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she led several agency and cross-agency committees working to establish and maintain an environment of scientific integrity and excellence.

Lee earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and an M.S. in bioethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College.

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