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Edmund Pellegrino, M.D. (H’79)

Chairman, The President’s Council on Bioethics; Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University

Location: Warwick Evans Room, Georgetown University Medical Center, School of Medicine Reunion 2008
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Edmund Pellegrino, M.D.

Dr. Pellegrino’s long and distinguished curriculum vitae includes positions as director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics, head of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics at Georgetown; president of Catholic University; and president and chairman of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. He has authored 24 books and more than 550 published articles and is founding editor of the “Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.” In 2004, Dr. Pellegrino was named to the International Bioethics Committee of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the only advisory body within the United Nations system to engage in reflection on the ethical implications of advances in life sciences.

Dr. Pellegrino’s Jesuit education shaped his life but also his career. He reflects on the duties and responsibilities of a physician and a physician’s promises to his or her patient, including honesty, compassion and suppression of self-interest.

Additional Resources

The President’s Council on Bioethics

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