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Ronald Bayer, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Public Health Policy and Practice Core

Professor, Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Overview Publications Professional Background

Ronald Bayer, Ph.D., is Professor at the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where he has taught since 1988. He has taken a leadership role in the HIV Center's work on ethics since the Center's beginnings and is currently a Co-Director of the Public Health Policy and Practice Core.

 

Prior to coming to Columbia, he was at the Hastings Center, a research institute devoted to the study of ethical issues in medicine and the life sciences. Dr. Bayer's research has examined ethical and policy issues in public health, with a special focus on AIDS, tuberculosis, illicit drugs, and tobacco. His broader goal is to develop an ethics of public health. He is an elected member of the IOM, serves on its Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and has served on IOM committees dealing with the social impact of AIDS, tuberculosis elimination, vaccine safety, smallpox vaccination, and the Ryan White Care Act. His articles on AIDS have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, the American Journal of Public Health, and The Milbank Quarterly.

 

His books include Homosexuality and American Psychiatry: The Politics of Diagnosis (1981), Private Acts, Social Consequences: AIDS and the Politics of Public Health (1989); AIDS in the Industrialized Democracies: Passions, Politics and Policies (1991, edited with David Kirp); Confronting Drug Policy: Illicit Drugs in a Free Society (1993, edited with Gerald Oppenheimer);  Blood Feuds: Blood, AIDS and the Politics of Medical Disaster (1999, edited with Eric Feldman); AIDS Doctors: Voices from the Epidemic, (2000, written with Gerald Oppenheimer); Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS (2003, written with Robert Klitzman); Unfiltered: Conflicts over Tobacco Policy and Public Health (2004, edited with Eric Feldman); Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy, and Practice (2006, edited with L.O. Gostin, B. Jennings and B. Steinbock; Shattered Dreams? An Oral History of the South African AIDS Epidemic (2007, written with Gerald Oppenheimer); and Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America (2007, edited with A. Fairchild and J. Colgrove).

 

 

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Ronald Bayer, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Public Health Policy and Practice Core

Professor, Department of Sociomedical Sciences

TEL: (212) 305-1957
FAX: (212) 305-6832

rb8@columbia.edu


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