Solomon R. Benatar is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He was Head of the Department of Medicine at UCT and Chief Physician at Groote Schuur Hospital from 1980-1999 and Founding Director of the UCT Centre for Bioethics (1992-2012). He has held many other professional positions including President of the International Association of Bioethics (2001-2003). He has been invited to lecture at many medical schools globally, and every year since 2000 at the University of Toronto Medical School.
His academic interests have included respiratory medicine, academic freedom, bioethics, human rights, health care systems, and global health – on which he has published widely. Global Health and Global Health Ethics (S Benatar, G Brock Eds) Cambridge University Press was published in 2011.
He is an elected Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (1989) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (1981), Fellow of the Hastings Centre in New York (2004) and Fellow of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London (2005).