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Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, who is known worldwide as a prolific and passionate spokesman on ethics and the medical profession, will deliver a lecture on end-of-life decision making Thursday, Nov. 30, on the Old Dominion University campus.

The visit by Pellegrino, who chairs the President's Council on Bioethics and has remained active as an academic and physician well into his 80s, is sponsored by ODU's Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs.

The lecture, "Ethics at the End of Life: Decisions We Must All Face," will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium. The public is invited to this free event.

Pellegrino is professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics, and adjunct professor of philosophy, at Georgetown University. He is the former director of Georgetown's Center for Clinical Bioethics.

Other positions he has held include: president of Yale-New Haven Medical Center, chancellor and vice president for health science at the University of Tennessee, founding chief executive of the Health Science Center at SUNY Stony Brook, founder of the Department of Medicine at the University of Kentucky and president of the Catholic University of America.

In 2004, he was named to the International Bioethics Committee of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Pellegrino has authored or co-authored 24 books and more than 550 published articles, and he is the founding editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. His writings champion a patient-physician covenant that creates a moral enterprise. He believes the modern patient-physician contract can force the physician to choose between doing good and making a profit.

The guest speaker's son, Thomas Pellegrino, is associate dean for education at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

ODU's Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs is directed by three members of the philosophy faculty: Lisa Eckenwiler, Dale Miller and Yvette Pearson.

This article was posted on: November 13, 2006

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