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Brendan Abel

Massachusetts Medical Society

Brendan Abel is the Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs at the Massachusetts Medical Society, where he directs the legislative affairs for the organization representing over 25,000 physicians in the Commonwealth. He also serves on the teaching faculty at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, where he teaches a core course in the Bioethics Masters program, “Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics,” among other teaching responsibilities. Prior to the Medical Society, he worked at a large Boston academic teaching hospital, where he focused on legal and ethical issues in biomedical research, and was the health policy researcher at the New England Journal of Medicine. Upon completing undergraduate studies at Syracuse University, he earned his JD from Suffolk University Law School. He has served as a bioethics consultant to the federal government, and has served on the ethics committee of a local hospital.