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Appelbaum Recognized for Leadership in Ethics
Psychiatric News
Volume 42 Number 24 page 4-4

Past APA President Paul Appelbaum, M.D., receives the AMA's 2007 Isaac Hays, M.D., and John Bell, M.D., Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism at last month's meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Honolulu.FIG1

Next to Appelbaum is Barbara Rockett, M.D., president of the AMA Foundation Board of Directors, who presented the award to Appelbaum at the opening session of the House of Delegates.

Rockett noted that through theoretical and empirical studies on informed consent—including decisional capacity—Appelbaum has helped define the ethical parameters of medical practice. His current research focuses on defining constraints on voluntariness in patients' consent to research, developing better approaches to informed consent, and exploring the role of coercion in psychiatric care.

Appelbaum is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law and director of the Division of Psychiatry, Law, and Ethics in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a faculty associate at the Columbia University Center for Bioethics. In 2000 Appelbaum was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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