Professor Karen Porter, Executive Director of the Center for Health, Science, and Public Policy, was recently appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.
Professor Porter joins 22 of New York’s foremost authorities in law, religion, philosophy, medicine, nursing, and bioethics. As volunteers on the Task Force, they will assist in developing public policy around medicine, law, and ethics.
Past issues addressed by the Task Force have ranged from assisted suicide and genetic testing to organ transplantation and the allocation of ventilators in an influenza pandemic. Many of their recommendations have been adopted as legislation or regulation, cited in seminal federal and state court decisions, and referenced in medical, legal, and social science literature.
In addition to overseeing the Health Law Clinic at BLS, Professor Porter has authored numerous publications related to AIDS policy. Prior to teaching, she held a post-doctoral fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine. Her background also includes work as a senior policy analyst and staff counsel to the National Commission on AIDS.