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Mark Thomas Hughes, M.D.

Faculty, Palliative Care Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine


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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

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  • Faculty, Palliative Care Program
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 410-955-0670

601 N. Caroline Street
Suite 7143
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-955-1733
Fax: 410-614-1195


Bioethics, Internal Medicine, Palliative Care

Research Interests

Clinical and research ethics; Clinical bioethics; Ambulatory care; Philosophy of medicine; Palliative care


Dr. Mark Hughes is an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include internal medicine and palliative care. 

Dr. Hughes received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. He earned his medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Rochester and performed a fellowship in primary care research at Georgetown University, where he also completed a master’s degree in philosophy (bioethics). He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 1997.

His research interests include clinical and research ethics, clinical bioethics, ambulatory care, philosophy of medicine, and palliative care.

Dr. Hughes serves as the co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee. Since 2002, he has been the director of a mandatory course on research ethics for all faculty principal investigators and fellows conducting human-subjects research in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is co-developer and associate editor of the Physician Education and Assessment Center, a web-based curriculum utilized by medical residency programs across the nation. He is co-editor of the book Curriculum Development for Medical Education: A Six-Step Approach, now in its third edition. more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine / MD (1992)


    • University of Rochester / Internal Medicine (1995)


    • Georgetown University School of Medicine (1997)


    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Hospice and Palliative Care (2012)
    • American Board of Internal Medicine / Internal Medicine (1995, 2005)
  • Research & Publications +

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    Moon MR, Hughes MT, Chen JY, Khaira K, Lipsett P, Carrese JA. "Ethics skills laboratory experience for surgery interns." J Surg Educ. 2014 Nov-Dec;71(6):829-38. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2014.03.010. Epub 2014 Jul 8.

    Hughes MT, Smith TJ. "The growth of palliative care in the United States." Annu Rev Public Health. 2014;35:459-75. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182406.

    Hughes MT. Meeting patients where they are. Virtual Mentor. 2013 Apr 1;15(4):293-8. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2013.15.4.ecas2-1304. No abstract available. PMID: 23566777

    Sisson SD, Rastegar DA, Hughes MT, Bertram AK, Yeh HC. Learner feedback and educational outcomes with an internet-based ambulatory curriculum: a qualitative and quantitative analysis. BMC Med Educ. 2012 Jul 12;12:55. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-12-55. PMID: 22788677

    Carrese JA, McDonald EL, Moon M, Taylor HA, Khaira K, Catherine Beach M, Hughes MT. Everyday ethics in internal medicine resident clinic: an opportunity to teach. Med Educ. 2011 Jul;45(7):712-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.03931.x. PMID: 21649704

    Haywood C Jr, Lanzkron S, Hughes MT, Brown R, Massa M, Ratanawongsa N, Beach MC. A video-intervention to improve clinician attitudes toward patients with sickle cell disease: the results of a randomized experiment. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 May;26(5):518-23. doi: 10.1007/s11606-010-1605-5. Epub 2010 Dec 23. PMID: 21181560

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +

    Graduate Program Affiliation

    Core Faculty, Berman Institute of Bioethics

  • Activities & Honors +


    • Blaustein Scholarship in the Ethics of Clinical Practice, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, 2005 - 2010

    Professional Activities

    • Associate Editor, Physician Education and Assessment Center (PEAC)
    • Co-chair, Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee, Baltimore, MD
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