Solomon R. Benatar

Solomon R. Benatar
Visiting Professor

Email:, solly.benatar@utoronto.caemail link


Solomon R. Benatar is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Founding Director of the UCT Bioethics Centre. He was Professor of Medicine from 1980- 2007 when he took mandatory retirement, and Chairman of the University of Cape Town's Department of Internal Medicine and Chief Physician at Groote Schuur Hospital from 1980-1999. He was a Visiting Professor of Medical Ethics at University College London Medical School in the late 1990s, Visiting Professor in Public Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Toronto (2000-2007), Chairman of the Interim National Health Research Ethics Committee in South Africa, and Past President of the International Association of Bioethics (2001-2003). During the 1994/95 academic year he was a Fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University and Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. He is Director of a NIH (Fogarty International Center) funded program for capacity building in International Research Ethics in southern Africa (20003-2010), and has recently been appointed 1/3 FTE Professor in Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto (2008).


After graduating from the University of Cape Town in 1965 and spending time in family practice he trained first in Anaesthetics and then in Internal Medicine in Cape Town and London. His academic interests have ranged from respiratory medicine, academic freedom, medical ethics and the humanities in medicine, to human rights, health care systems, health economics and global health - on which topics he has published over 250 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.


He is a corresponding member of the US National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Human Rights, and a member of several multidisciplinary, international research groups. He has been an invited lecturer at many medical schools in South Africa, the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Brazil. He has recently been an advisor to UNAIDS (Geneva) the HIV Trials Prevention Network (USA) and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Holland).


He is an elected Foreign Associate Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, (1989), Honorary Foreign Member American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1996) and Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa (1997).


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