George J. Annas, JD, MPH

William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor

George Annas
715 Albany St Talbot Building


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.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, General Internal Medicine, Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Director, Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health


  • Harvard Law School, JD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH
  • Harvard College, AB


  • Published on 2/27/2024

    Martinez MW, Ackerman MJ, Annas GJ, Baggish AL, Day SM, Harmon KG, Kim JH, Levine BD, Putukian M, Lampert R. Sports Participation by Athletes With Cardiovascular Disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2024 Feb 27; 83(8):865-868. PMID: 38383101.

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  • Published on 1/2/2024

    Bedi NS, Mathur N, Wang JD, Rech A, Gaden N, Annas GJ, Crosby SS. Human Rights in Hospitals: an End to Routine Shackling. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 May; 39(6):1048-1052. PMID: 38169026.

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  • Published on 12/13/2023

    Annas GJ. (Re)criminalizing Abortion: Returning to the Political with Stories. J Law Med Ethics. 2023; 51(3):480-484. PMID: 38088615.

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  • Published on 10/25/2023

    Annas GJ, Kummer HB. Canada Welcomes Tundra's Immortality Project to Prevent Death (Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2060, p. D1, "Travel and Leisure" Section). Am J Bioeth. 2023 Nov; 23(11):115-117. PMID: 37879003.

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  • Published on 9/1/2023

    Annas GJ, Kummer HB. Preventing the Slide down the Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Euthanasia While Protecting the Rights of People with Disabilities Who Are "Not Dead Yet.". Am J Bioeth. 2023 Sep; 23(9):20-22. PMID: 37647472.

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  • Published on 7/1/2022

    Annas GJ. Trust, Brutality, and Human Dignity: How "Partial Birth Abortion" Helps Shape American Biopolitics. Am J Law Med. 2022 Jul; 48(2-3):173-186. PMID: 36715259.

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  • Published on 8/1/2021

    Annas GJ, Crosby SS. Standard Racism: Trying to Use "Crisis Standards of Care" in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Bioeth. 2021 08; 21(8):1-3. PMID: 34313559.

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  • Published on 2/10/2021

    Annas GJ, Beisel CL, Clement K, Crisanti A, Francis S, Galardini M, Galizi R, Grünewald J, Immobile G, Khalil AS, Müller R, Pattanayak V, Petri K, Paul L, Pinello L, Simoni A, Taxiarchi C, Joung JK. A Code of Ethics for Gene Drive Research. CRISPR J. 2021 02; 4(1):19-24. PMID: 33571044.

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  • Published on 1/15/2021

    Annas GJ, Galea S. Addressing public health's failings during year one of Covid-19. EClinicalMedicine. 2021 Feb; 32:100714. PMID: 33521607.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Crosby SS, Sonis L, Annas GJ. The Boston Medical Center Immigrant Task Force: An Alternative to Teaching Immigration Law to Health Care Providers. J Law Med Ethics. 2021; 49(1):59-63. PMID: 33966656.

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