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Anita Allen elected to National Academy of Medicine

October 18, 2016

In recognition of her outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in the fields of health, medicine, and public health, Penn Law professor Anita Allen was one of 79 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

“As one of the leading figures in bioethics today, Anita Allen’s election is a fitting honor,” said Ted Ruger, Dean of Penn Law. “As advances in medical technology pose new bioethical questions, her work at the intersection of law, philosophy, and health care is truly vital.”

Allen serves as the vice provost for faculty at Penn and is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy. She is an expert on privacy law, the philosophy of privacy, bioethics, and contemporary values, and has been recognized for her scholarship on legal philosophy, women’s rights, and race relations. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

The National Academy of Medicine was established in 1970 to address critical issues in health, science, medicine, and related policy, as well as to encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding.

Of the 79 new members elected this year, Allen is the only law professor. At least one-quarter of the organization’s membership is drawn from fields outside of the health professions, such as law, engineering, social sciences, and the humanities.