Stanley Joel Reiser is known nationally and internationally for his scholarship and teaching in ethics, history, technology assessment, and health policy. He received his undergraduate education at Columbia University, his medical degree from the State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. He began his academic career at Harvard, where he was Associate Professor and founding Director of the Program in Medical History at Harvard Medical School, founding Co-Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program in Medical Ethics, and Clinical Associate in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After twelve years at Harvard, he went to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he was the Griff T. Ross Professor of Humanities and Technology in Health Care from 1982 to 2007, and held appointments in its faculties of medicine, public health, biomedical sciences, nursing, and dentistry. In 2007 Dr. Reiser went to Washington, D.C. to teach at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Care Sciences as Clinical Professor of Health Sciences, and of Health Policy. In 2012 he moved to Austin, Texas, where he joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus, as Adjunct Professor. He remains on the faculty of the George Washington Medical School as visiting Clinical Professor.
He has written more than 120 books and essays, and is sole author on over 100 of them. His articles have appeared in such publications as The Journal of the American Medical Association, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Annals of Internal Medicine,The American Journal of Public Health, The Hastings Center Report, The Scientific American, and The New York Times. He has given addresses at some 300 national and international forums and institutions.
Dr. Reiser has been involved in the creation four fields of health care: Medical Ethics, Technology Assessment, Institutional Values and Governance in Health Care Organizations, and the collaboration of Medicine and Public Health. His last book,Technological Medicine: The Changing World of Doctors and Patients, was published by Cambridge University Press in Fall 2009. This press also will publish the book he is now writing: From House Calls to Email: The History and Future of Health Care Delivery. It is scheduled to appear in 2015.