George J. Annas, JD, MPH
William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management
Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights

MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
JD, Harvard Law School

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, a NGO dedicated to promoting health and human rights.

Boston University School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

Boston University School of Public Health
Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights

2008 Indiana University: McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Award for Law & Medicine
2007 Samford University: Pelligrino Award for Bioethics
2005 Boston University: University Lecturer
2003 Ethical Society of Boston: Humanist of the Year Award
2001 Health Law Forum, American Public Health Association: Jennifer Robbins Award
2000 American College of Legal Medicine: Honorary Fellow
1997 Member, Institute of Medicine
1996 American Association for the Advancement of Science: Fellow
1995 Massachusetts Psychiatry Society: Milton Greenblatt Award
1994 Salem State College: Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
1993 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics: National Health Law Teachers Award
1984 Health Planning Council for Greater Boston: Community Service Award
1982 American Public Health Association, New Professionals Section: Humanitarian Award
1981 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics: Honorary Lifetime Member
1980 Editor in Chief Emeritus, Law, Medicine and Health Care (now Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics)
1971-1972 Harvard University: First recipient of Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Fellowship in Medical Ethics

Ethical Responsibilities of Physicians Who Care for Immigrants in Federal Immigration Detention
01/01/2019 - 12/31/2019 (Co-PI)
PI: Sondra S. Crosby, MD
The Greenwall Foundation


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  1. Crosby SS, Annas GJ. Border Babies - Medical Ethics and Human Rights in Immigrant Detention Centers. N Engl J Med. 2020 Jul 23; 383(4):297-299.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32706532
  2. Annas GJ. Rationing Crisis: Bogus Standards of Care Unmasked by Covid-19. Am J Bioeth. 2020 07; 20(7):167-169. PMID: 32716806
  3. Annas GJ. Planetary Ethics: Russell Train and Richard Nixon at the Creation. Hastings Cent Rep. 2020 May; 50(3):23-24. PMID: 32596907
  4. Annas GJ. Genome Editing 2020: Ethics and Human Rights in Germline Editing in Humans and Gene Drives in Mosquitoes. Am J Law Med. 2020 05; 46(2-3):143-165. PMID: 32659189
  5. Crosby SS, Annas GJ. Cop to Cop: Negotiating Privacy and Security in the Examining Room. J Law Med Ethics. 2020 03; 48(1):169-171.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32342784
  6. Andorno R, Baylis F, Darnovsky M, Dickenson D, Haker H, Hasson K, Lowthorp L, Annas GJ, Bourgain C, Drabiak K, Graumann S, Grüber K, Kaiser M, King D, Kollek R, MacKellar C, Nie JB, Obasogie OK, Tyebally Fang M, Werner-Felmayer G, Zuscinova J. Geneva Statement on Heritable Human Genome Editing: The Need for Course Correction. Trends Biotechnol. 2020 Apr; 38(4):351-354. PMID: 32014274
  7. Annas GJ, Annas CL. "Unusual Care": Groupthink and Willful Blindness in the SUPPORT Study. Am J Bioeth. 2020 01; 20(1):44-46. PMID: 31910136
  8. Annas GJ, Crosby S. US military medical ethics in the War on Terror. J R Army Med Corps. 2019 Aug; 165(4):303-306.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30683802
  9. Annas GJ, Galea S. Dying Healthy: Public Health Priorities for Fixed Population Life Expectancies. Ann Intern Med. 2018 10 16; 169(8):568-569.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30264128
  10. Annas GJ, Grodin MA. Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial. Am J Public Health. 2018 01; 108(1):10-12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29211519
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Ethical or exploitative—should prisoners participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials?

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What Do We Actually Know About Our Aging POTUS Candidates’ Health?

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Coronavirus vaccine developers are chasing outbreaks before they disappear

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“The Democrats are pushing for an implanted microchip in humans, and everyone to be vaccinated.”

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How Plans to Test Everyone in a Ski Resort Town Fell Apart

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Can the Feds Close State Boarders to Stop COVID-19?

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NBC News 3/13/2020

Trump and States Have Broad Powers to Do 'Extraordinary Things' to Contain the Virus

NBC News 3/13/2020

Clash in the name of care

The Boston Globe 11/7/2019

POV: Child Detention at the Border Is Torture

BU Today 7/18/2019

German ethics council expresses openness to eventual embryo editing

STAT 5/13/2019

German Ethics Council Expresses Openness To Eventual Embryo Editing

STAT 5/13/2019

Is it Ethical to Revive a Dead Pig’s Brain?

Futurity 5/2/2019

Did Researchers Bring Dead Pigs Back to Life? And Would That Be OK?

BU Today 4/29/2019

Mass. woman sues Women & Infants Hospital over 13-year delay in disclosing frozen embryo

The Providence Journal 3/17/2019

Leading Scientists Call For Moratorium And Global Forum On Gene-Edited Babies

WBUR 3/13/2019

Changing the National Conversation around Death

BU Today 2/15/2019

POV: How Did Claims of CRISPR Babies Hijack an International Gene-Editing Summit?

BU Today 12/4/2018

Genetically engineered babies? Scientists say more oversight, research, consensus needed before altering embryos

Mass Live 11/28/2018

Berkshire Bank CEO quits with no explanation and a $7.5 million payout

The Boston Globe 11/27/2018

Local researcher calls for halt to genetically edited embryos

The Boston Globe 11/26/2018

Boston-area scientists criticize Chinese researcher who changed embryonic DNA

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More research on ‘dying healthy’ will also help us live healthier

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Escape from the Mayo Clinic: Parents break teen out of world-famous hospital

CNN Health 8/13/2018
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