Gail Geller, Sc.D., M.H.S.

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  • Director of Education Initiatives, Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Professor of Medicine


Dr. Gail Geller is a Professor of Medicine in the General Internal Medicine division.  She holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master of health science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Geller also received her doctor of science degree from Johns Hopkins before joining the faculty.  

Her research interests have focused on clinical-patient communication under conditions of uncertainty, professionalism and humanism in medical education, cross-cultural variation in concepts of health and disease, and clinician suffering and moral distress. She has explored these interests in a range of health care contexts in which uncertainty looms large, including genetics and genomics, complementary & alternative medicine, and palliative care.

Dr. Geller is one of the Deputy Directors of the Berman Institute’s Hecht-Levi Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Bioethics. She also oversees the “social, behavioral and ethical” Horizontal Strands in the undergraduate medical curriculum and co-directs 3 courses for medical students: (1) the "Medical Humanities, Bioethics & the Healing Arts" scholarly concentration, (2) Integrative Medicine, and (3) the Healer's Art.

Dr. Geller has served on the IOM Committee on the Review of Omics-Based Tests for Predicting Patient Outcomes in Clinical Trials, the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, the National Advisory Board of the Center for Genetics Research Ethics and Law (CGREAL) at Case Western Reserve University, one of the IRBs in the School of Medicine, the Ethics Working Group of the National Children’s Study, the Informed Consent Working Group of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing (SACGT), the Presidential Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, and the CDC’s Program in Public Health Genetics. She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center. more


  • Director of Education Initiatives, Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Director, HEART Scholarly Concentration
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics

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Centers & Institutes

  • Berman Institute for Bioethics



  • M.H.S.; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (1979)
  • Sc.D.; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (1988)

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Phone: 410-614-5556
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