ATLANTA (November 16, 2015) -- The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the nation’s largest physician organization, presented Bernard Lo, M.D., an internist and bioethicist from New York City, with the 2014 Isaac Hays, M.D. and John Bell, M.D. Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism.

The Hays-Bell Award is named for the co-writers of the original AMA Code of Ethics. The AMA Foundation Board of Directors selects the award recipient who has made an outstanding contribution through active service in medical ethics activities and demonstrated dedication to the principles of medical ethics and the highest standards of medical practice.

“Dr. Lo’s devotion to improving the medical profession through extensive ethics research and education serves as a shining example of a distinguished career in service of others,” said AMA Foundation President William Kobler, M.D.

The president and chief executive officer of the Greenwall Foundation in New York City, Dr. Lo also is professor emeritus of medicine and emeritus director of the program in medical ethics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Lo is often described as one of the world’s preeminent leaders in bioethics. He is widely respected for identifying important issues, such as advance care planning, well before they are widely recognized. The award nominators agree that his work has had extraordinary impact on medical care and public policy.

Dr. Lo has authored more than 200 high profile scholarly articles covering a wide range of ethical issues from end-of-life care to reproductive health. He has served on and chaired numerous Institute of Medicine and National Institutes of Health committees and was a member of the President’s National Bioethics Advisory Commission.

The award was presented by AMA President Steven J. Stack, M.D. during the opening session of the 2015 Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates in Atlanta.

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