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ALBERT R. JONSEN, PhD
Professor Emeritus

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Dr. Albert Jonsen is Emeritus Professor of Ethics in Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Washington, where he was Chairman of the Department of Medical History and Ethics from 1987-1999. He came to the University of Washington from the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, where he had been Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics since 1972. Prior to that, he was President of the University of San Francisco, where he taught in the Departments of Philosophy and Theology. He received his doctorate from the Department of Religious Studies, Yale University in 1967. His earlier education was at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and at Santa Clara University in California.

The Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, elected Dr. Jonsen a member in 1980 and he has served twice on its Council. He was Chair of NABER, the National Advisory Board on Ethics and Reproduction (1991-1996) and a member of the National Research Council Committee on AIDS Research (1987-1992). He served as Commissioner on the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1974-1978) and on The President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine (1979-1982). Dr. Jonsen is a past member of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, of the American Board of Medical Specialties, and of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has been Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School, Georgetown University, The Johns Hopkins Medical School, at the Center for Bioethics, The Netherlands, and Visiting Scholar, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Jonsen's latest book is Bioethics Beyond the Headlines: Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides? (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005).  He is author of A Short History of Medical Ethics (1999) and The Birth of Bioethics (1998),  both from Oxford University Press.  Dr Jonsen's other books include The New Medicine and the Old Ethics (Harvard University Press, 1990) and Responsibility in Religious Ethics (Corpus Books, 1971). He is co-author, with S. Toulmin, of The Abuse of Casuistry (University of California Press, 1988) and, with M. Siegler and W. Winslade of Clinical Ethics (McGraw-Hill, 1998, 4th ed.). He is co-editor, with R. Veatch and L. Walters of Source Book in Bioethics: A Documentary History (Georgetown University Press, 1998); with N. Jecker and R. Pearlman, of Bioethics: An Introduction to the History, Methods, and Practice (Jones and Bartlett, 1997); with J. Stryker, of The Social Impact of AIDS (National Research Council, 1993); and with J. Fletcher and N. Quist, of Ethics Consultation in Health Care (Health Administration Press, 1989). Dr. Jonsen has written chapters in over 70 books on medicine and health care and his articles have appeared in New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Pediatrics, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, Western Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Hastings Center Report, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and other publications.

Dr. Jonsen has received many honors including the 2009 Harvey Meyerhoff Leadership Award from the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University "for life long commitment and contribution to the field of bioethics. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Research Ethics from PRIMR, Professional Responsibility in Medicine and Research and was elected an honorary member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical student honor society, nominated by Dr. Paul Ramsey. Other honors include the McGovern Award of the American Osler Society, the Annual Award of the Society for Health and Human Values, the Davies Award of the American College of Physicians, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

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