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Biomedical Ethics Authority to Address the Class of 2018 at the 159th Commencement Exercises

Dr. Jeremy Sugarman, MD, 2018 Commencement Speaker

Jeremy Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., 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 Johns Hopkins University, has been selected to address the Class of 2018 at New York Medical College's 159th Commencement exercises to be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Dr. Sugarman is an internationally recognized leader in the field of biomedical ethics, with particular expertise in applying empirical methods and evidence-based standards for evaluating and analyzing bioethical issues. His contributions to both medical ethics 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 more than 300 articles, reviews and book chapters.  He has 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 a contributing editor for IRB and is on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

As a leading voice in his field, Dr. Sugarman consults and lectures internationally on a range of issues related to bioethics. He has been called on to provide counsel to our nation’s top leaders, having 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 also served as professor of medicine and philosophy. He is a faculty affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and an Academic Icon of the University of Malaya.

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 to membership 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.