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Ruth Purtilo Biography

Biography: Ruth Purtilo

Professor and Director of Ethics Initiative
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Boston, MA

purtilo bioDr. Purtilo is currently a Professor and Director of Ethics Initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a former Director for the Creighton University Center for Health Policy and Ethics. And is a past president of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Dr. Purtilo has authored 11 books and over 90 articles and book chapters on ethical and social issues including topics such as Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS, confidentiality, and compassion. She is a 2006 recipient of the Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society Book Award in the Health Sciences and a 2005 recipient of the Partners HealthCare Outstanding Service Award for Interdisciplinary Initiatives. Dr. Purtilo received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Theological Studies degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree both from Harvard University.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2009, Ruth Purtilo will speak on "Ethics Matter for Hard Times"

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