Obituaries

Edmund Pellegrino, MD, MACP.


Edmund Pellegrino, MD, MACP

Edmund Pellegrino, MD, MACP, an internist who helped developed the field of bioethics, died on June 13 at the age of 92.

Dr. Pellegrino received his B.S. degree from St. John's University and his M.D. from New York University in 1944. He served residencies in medicine at Bellevue, Goldwater Memorial, and Homer Folks Tuberculosis hospitals, as well as a research fellowship in renal medicine and physiology at New York University.

He went on to hold many prestigious positions in medicine and academia, including founding chairman and medical director at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ; founding chairman of the department of medicine at the University of Kentucky; chancellor and vice president for the health sciences at the University of Tennessee; president of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center; president of The Catholic University of America; and founding director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics and the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University.

Dr. Pellegrino is recognized as one of the pioneers of the field of bioethics, and philosophy of medicine in general. From 2005-2009, Dr. Pellegrino chaired the President's Council on Bioethics and in 2004, he was named to the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO. He is the author of over 600 published items in medical science, philosophy, and ethics, including 23 books.

He was a Master of the College and received ACP's Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award in 2006.

A full obituary is online.