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Jeremy Sugarman, M.D., M.A., M.P.H.

Jeremy Sugarman, M.D., M.A., M.P.H.

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  • Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine

Research Interests

Philosophical and empirical research in bioethics


Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, professor of medicine, professor of Health Policy and Management, and deputy director for medicine of the Berman Institute of Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins University. He is an internationally recognized leader in bioethics with particular expertise in applying empirical methods for evaluating and analyzing bioethical issues. His contributions to bioethics and policy include his work on the ethics of informed consent, umbilical cord blood banking, stem cell research, international HIV prevention research, global health, and research oversight. 

Dr. Sugarman is the author of over 350 articles, reviews, and book chapters. He has also edited or co-edited four books (Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research; Ethics of Research with Human Subjects: Selected Policies and Resources; Ethics in Primary Care; and Methods in Medical Ethics). Dr. Sugarman is on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Dr. Sugarman consults and speaks internationally on a range of issues related to bioethics. He served as senior policy and research analyst for the White House Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, consultant to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and Senior Advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He also served on the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission. 

He was the founding director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine at Duke University where he was also a professor of medicine and philosophy. He was appointed as an Academic Icon at the University of Malay. He is currently a faculty affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. 

Dr. Sugarman is currently a member of the Scientific and Research Advisory Board for the Canadian Blood Service and the Ethics and Public Policy Committees of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. He is co-chair of the Johns Hopkins' Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. In addition, he is chair of the Ethics Working Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network. 

Dr. Sugarman has been elected as a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Physicians, and the Hastings Center. more


  • Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine
  • Deputy Director for Medicine, Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Duke University School of Medicine (1986)


  • Internal Medicine; Duke University School of Medicine (1989)


  • General Internal Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1993)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1990)

Additional Training

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, General Internal Medicine

Research & Publications

Contact for Research Inquiries

Phone: 410-614-5634

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine
  • Fellow, Hastings Center
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Member, Association of American Physicians

Professional Activities

  • Chair, HIV Prevention Trials Network
  • Co-chair, Johns Hopkins
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