Annual George W. Gay Lecture in Medical Ethics
Eric Topol, MD, delivered the 2020 George W. Gay Lecture in Medical Ethics, "How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Health Care Human Again," on November 12.
If you missed the event, you can see a recording of the lecture on the Center for Bioethics YouTube page.
Eric Topol, MD, is the founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, professor of molecular medicine, and executive vice president of Scripps Research. As a researcher, he has published over 1,200 peer-reviewed articles, with more than 280,000 citations, elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and is one of the top ten most cited researchers in medicine. His principal scientific focus has been on the genomic and digital tools to individualize medicine.
In 2016, Topol was awarded a $207 million grant from the NIH to lead a significant part of the Precision Medicine (All of Us) Initiative, a prospective research program enrolling 1 million participants in the U.S. This is in addition to his role as principal investigator for a flagship $35 million NIH grant to promote innovation in medicine. He was the founder of a new medical school at Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine, with Case Western University. He has over 300,000 followers on Twitter (@EricTopol) where recently he has been reporting insights and research findings for COVID-19. Besides editing several textbooks, he has published three bestseller books on the future of medicine: The Creative Destruction of Medicine, The Patient Will See You Now, and Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again. Lastly, Topol was commissioned by the UK 2018-2019 to lead planning for the National Health Service's integration of AI and new technologies.
The George W. Gay Lecture:
Is the oldest endowed lectureship at Harvard Medical School, and quite possibly the oldest medical ethics lectureship in the United States. The lectureship was established in 1917 by a $1,000 gift from Dr. George Washington Gay, an 1868 graduate of HMS. Gay gave Harvard the fund to provide an annual income to support lectures “to the advanced, or graduating classes in the Medical School upon Medical Ethics, and upon wise and proper methods of conducting the business of physicians, as relates to fees, collections, investments, etc.” The Gay Lectureship perpetuates his deep concern for the welfare of his patients and his appreciation of the constantly arising social and economic forces that impinge on medical care.
Since its inception, many of the nation's most influential physicians, scientists, researchers and social observers, have given the annual lecture. Past lecturers include Erich Fromm, Felix Frankfurter, Margaret Mead, Elizabeth Kübler Ross, E.O. Wilson, and Joshua Lederberg have given the Gay Lecture. Elie Wiesel, Marian Wright Edelman, Paul Krugman, Nicholas Kristof, and Donald Berwick.
See details and video of the 2019 Gay Lecture delivered by Danielle Allen. Visit our YouTube channel to see a video of her lecture.
See details and photos from the 2018 Gay Lecture delivered by K. Anthony Appiah.
See details and photos from the 2017 Gay Lecture delivered Michael Sandel.
Past George W. Gay Lecturers
|2019||Danielle Allen, PhD, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics|
|2018||Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor Of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University|
|2017||Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government Theory, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University|
|2016||Martha Minnow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School|
|2015||Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania|
|2014||Cass R. Sunstein, JD, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School|
|2013||Dan W. Brock, Ph.D., Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, HMS|
|2012||Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., F.R.C.P., Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services|
|2010||Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times op-ed columnist, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner|
|2009||Paul R. Krugman, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Princeton University|
|2008||Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., President of the Institute of Medicine|
|2006||Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder, Partners in Health|
|2005||Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus, New England Journal of Medicine|
|2004||Howard Gardner, Ph.D., Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education|
|2002||Rashi Fein, Ph.D., Professor of The Economics of Medicine, Emeritus, HMS|
|2001||Dame Cicely Saunders, St. Christopher’s Hospice, London|
|1999||Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, The Children’s Defense Fund|
|1998||Elie Wiesel, Mellon Professor of The Humanities, Boston University|
|1998||Daniel D. Federman, M.D., Dean for Medical Education, Harvard Medical School|
|1997||Daniel Callahan, Ph.D., Founder, The Hastings Center|
|1996||Sissela Bok, Ph.D., Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development|
|1995||Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ph.D. Chair, Afro-American Studies Dept., Harvard Univ.|
|1994||Robert Lawrence, M.D., Director, Health Sciences, Rockefeller Foundation|
|1993||Bernadine Healy, M.D., Director, National Institutes of Health|
|1992||Larry R. Churchill, Chair, Social Medicine, Univ. N. Carolina School of Med.|
|1991||Arnold S. Relman, M.D., Prof. of Medicine, HMS; Editor, NEJM|
|1988||Albert Jonsen, Ph.D., Chair, Medical History and Ethics, Univ. of Washington|
|1987||Dennis Thompson, Ph.D., Dir. Pgm. in Ethics and Professions, Harvard Univ.|
|1986||Baroness Mary Warnock, Mistress, Girton College, Cambridge, England|
|1985||Dr. Julian Tudor Hart, Glyncorrwg Health Center, West Galmorgan, Wales|
|1984||Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D., Prof. Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton Univ.|
|1983||Joshua Lederberg, Ph.D., President, The Rockefeller University|
|1982||The Rev. Robert F. Drinan, SJ, U.S. Congress; Georgetown Univ. Law Ctr.|
|1981||Arnold S. Relman, M.D., Prof. of Medicine, HMS; Editor, NEJM|
|1980||Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Professor of Science, Harvard University|
|1979||Dr. Carleton B. Chapman, President, The Commonwealth Fund|
|1978||Dr. Kenneth J. Ryan, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harvard Univ.|
|1977||Dr. Franz J. Ingelfinger, Editor, New England Journal of Medicine|
|1976||Dr. Robert J. Lifton, Foundations Fund of Research, Yale University|
|1973||Dr. Elizabeth Kübler Ross, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Univ. of Chicago|
|1970||Dr. I Bernard Cohen, Professor of The History of Science, Harvard University|
|1965||Dr. Paul Freund, Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard University|
|1963||Dr. Herman Ludwig Blumgart, Prof. of Medicine, Emeritus, Harvard University|
|1962||Mr. Erik Erikson, Prof. of Human Development, Lecturer Psych., Harvard Univ.|
|1961||Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche, Under Secretary for Special Political Affairs, U.N.|
|1960||Dr. Margaret Mead, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University|
|1959||Dr. James Howard Means, Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, Harvard University|
|1958||The Honorable Felix Frankfurter, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court|
|1957||Dr. Erich Fromm, Professor of Psychoanalysis, National University of Mexico|
|1956||The Rev. Douglas Horton, Professor of Theology, Harvard University|
|1955||The Rev. George A. Buttrick, Professor of Christian Morals, Harvard University|
|1954||Dr. Hugh J. Morgan, Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University|
|1945||Mr. Ben Amers Williams, Author|
|1941||Dr. Charles R. Austrian, Assoc. Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. David Cheever, Associate Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, Harvard University
Dr. T. Grier Miller, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
|1940||Mr. Phillips Ketchum, Partner, Herrick, Smith, Donald, Farley & Ketchum|
|1939||Dr. Eliot Wadsworth, President, Boston Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Robert L. DeNormandie, Comm. on Ethics & Discipline, Mass. Med. Soc.
Dr. Donald Guthrie, Assoc. Prof. of Surgery, Univ. of Penn. School of Med.
|1938||Mr. Henry L. Shattuck, Treasurer, Harvard University
Dr. Reginald Fitz, Lecturer on The History of Medicine, Harvard University
Dr. Elton Mayo, Professor of Industrial Research, Harvard University
|1937||Dr. Lawrence K. Lunt, Psychiatrist (Boston, Massachusetts)
Dr. O.H. Perry Pepper, Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
|1935||Dr. James B. Herrick, Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, Rush Medical College|
|1934||Dr. Arthur H. Ruggles, Superintendent, Butler Hospital, Providence, RI
Dr. John Homans, Clinical Professor of Surgery, Harvard University
Dr. Joseph H. Pratt, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Tufts College
|1933||Dr. Robert B. Osgood, Professor Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard University
Dr. Elliott P. Joslin, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard University
|1932||Dr. Roger I. Lee, Professor of Hygiene, Harvard University|
|1931||Dr. John M. Birnie, Secretary, New England Medical Society|
|1930||Dr. Samuel B. Woodward, past President, Massachusetts Medical Society|
|1927||Dr. Francis Weld Peabody, Professor of Medicine, Harvard University|
|1926||Dr. George G. Sears, Clinical Prof. of Medicine, Emeritus, Harvard University|
|1924||Dr. Walter P. Bowers, Managing Editor, Boston Medical and Surgical Journal|
|1923||Dr. George W. Gay|
|1922||Dr. John Bapst Blake, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard University|