Albert R. Jonsen

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1931 –


Who is Albert R. Jonsen?

Albert R. Jonsen PhD is a biomedical ethicist and author. He is Emeritus Professor of Ethics in Medicine at the University of Washington, School of Medicine, where he was Chairman of the Department of Medical History and Ethics from 1987-1999, and currently is Co-Director of the Program in Medicine and Human Values at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Jonsen joined the Society of Jesus in 1949 and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1962; he resigned from the active priesthood in 1976. He received a doctorate in religious studies from Yale University in 1967. In 1969, he was chosen as president of the University of San Francisco where he served until 1972. The medical school of the University of California, San Francisco invited him to join the faculty and create a program in medical ethics.

Jonsen was one of the first bioethicists to be appointed to a medical faculty. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute selected him as a member of the first NIH committee to deal with ethical, social and legal issues of a developing medical technology, the totally implantable artificial heart. The U.S.

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Apr 4, 1931
San Francisco
Also known as
  • Albert Jonsen
  • United States of America
  • PhD, Yale University
    Religious Studies
    ( - 1967)
Lived in
  • Washington

on July 23, 2013


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