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2019 Tanner Lectures / Speaker + Commentator Bios

2019 Tanner Lectures Speakers

Anne Case

Anne Case is the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Emerita at Princeton University, where she is the Director of the Research Program in Development Studies. SHE has written extensively on health over the life course and has been awarded the Kenneth J. Arrow Prize in Health Economics, from the International Health Economics Association, for her work on the links between economic status and health status in childhood. She has also won the Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for her research on midlife morbidity and mortality. Case currently serves on the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science, and the Committee on National Statistics. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Case received a Ph.D. from Princeton University.


Angus Deaton

Sir Angus Deaton is Senior Scholar and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where he taught for 30 years. He is also Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California and the author of five books including, most recently, “The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality.” His interests include health, development, poverty, inequality and wellbeing. He has written extensively on happiness, on foreign aid, and on how we should collect evidence for good policy. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Deaton’s B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. are from Cambridge University, and he was made a Knight Bachelor in 2016 for his services to economics and international affairs in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List.

Lecture and Discussion Seminar Commentators

Lisa Berkman

Lisa Berkman is the director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist whose work focuses extensively on social and policy influences on health outcomes. Her research orients toward understanding inequalities in health related to socioeconomic status, different racial and ethnic groups, and social networks, support and isolation. *Responding to the April 10 lecture: “Deaths of Despair.”


Victor Fuchs

Victor Fuchs is the Henry J. Kaiser Jr Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, in the Departments of Economics and Health Research and Policy. He applies economic analysis to social problems of national concern, with special emphasis on health and medical care. He is author of nine books, the editor of six others, and has published over two hundred papers and shorter pieces.  His current research focuses on male-female differences in mortality, reform of medical education, and the future of U.S. medical care. His best-known work, “Who Shall Live? Health, Economics, and Social Choice,” helps health professionals and policymakers to understand the economic and policy problems in health that have emerged in recent decades. His most recent book, “Health Economics and Policy,” published in April 2018, provides Fuchs’ insights over the past 50 years about this increasingly important national issue. *Responding to the April 11 lecture: “Does American Capitalism Work for the Working Class?”

Anna Lembke

Anna Lembke is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is medical director of Stanford Addiction Medicine, program director for the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. Dr. Lembke received her B.A. in humanities from Yale University and her M.D. from Stanford, where she also completed her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in mood disorders. She has developed multiple teaching programs on drug misuse and addiction therapy, and has held multiple leadership and mentorship positions and received the Stanford’s Chairman’s Award for Clinical Innovation, and the Stanford Departmental Award for Outstanding Teaching. Lembke is the author of the bestselling book, “Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop” (Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2016). *Responding at the April 12 Discussion Seminar.

Daniel Wikler

Daniel Wikler is the Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Ethics and Population Health in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His current research interests are ethical issues in population and international health, including the allocation of health resources, health research involving human subjects, and ethical dilemmas arising in public health practice. Wikler served as the first Staff Ethicist for the World Health Organization, and remains a consultant to several WHO programs. He was co-founder and second president of the International Association of Bioethics and has served on the advisory boards of the Asian Bioethics Association and the Pan American Health Organization Regional Program in Bioethics. *Responding at the April 12 Discussion Seminar.