The Worrying Paradox of Modern Medical Miracles

Event | December 7th, 2018

Thomas J. Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics, and development and director of the Global Health program at the Council on Foreign Relations, will lead the luncheon conversation on The Worrying Paradox of Modern Medical Miracles. Mr. Bollyky, author of Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, will discuss how advancements in treating infectious disease have made the world healthier but paradoxically are leading to greater instability, as countries struggle to adapt health-care, education, and labor systems to the needs of larger populations. This meeting is cosponsored with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lunch will be provided.

About the Speaker
Thomas J. Bollyky is director of the global health program and senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. Bollyky directed the first CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force devoted to global health, entitled The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. He is also the author of the book Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways.

Prior to coming to CFR, Bollyky was a fellow at the Center for Global Development and a director at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he led the negotiations on medical technology regulation in the U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement and represented USTR in the negotiations with China on the safety of food and drug imports. He was a Fulbright scholar to South Africa, where he worked as a staff attorney at the AIDS Law Project, and an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he represented clients before the International Court of Justice and the U.S. Supreme Court. Bollyky is a former law clerk to Chief Judge Edward R. Korman and was a health policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Bollyky has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate and his work has appeared in many publications including the New York Times, Science, and Foreign Affairs. Bollyky has served in a variety of capacities at the National Academy of Medicine, including as co-chair of its workshop on international regulatory harmonization and as a member of committees on strengthening food and drug regulation in developing countries and on the role of science, technology, and innovation in the future of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has been a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a temporary legal advisor to the World Health Organization. In 2013, the World Economic Forum named Bollyky as one of its global leaders under forty.

Bollyky received his BA in biology and history at Columbia University and his JD at Stanford Law School, where he was the president of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. He is a member of the New York and U.S. Supreme Court bars.

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