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Jeffrey Kahn

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, is the Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy and the Deputy Director for Policy and Administration at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. He works in a variety of areas of bioethics, exploring the intersection of ethics and health/science policy, including human and animal research ethics, public health, and ethical issues in emerging biomedical technologies.

Prof. Kahn has served on numerous state and federal advisory panels; he is currently chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Board on Health Sciences Policy, and has previously chaired its committee on the Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research (2011) and the committee on Ethics Principles and Guidelines for Health Standards for Long Duration and Exploration Spaceflights (2014). He formerly served as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee.

In addition to committee appointments, Prof. Kahn was the founding president of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, an office he held from 2006-2010. He is also an elected Fellow of The Hastings Center.

Prof. Kahn is a co-principal investigator with Berman Institute faculty member Gail Geller, ScD, MHS, on GUIDE: Genomic Uses in Infectious Disease and Epidemics, an NIH-funded project to study the largely unexplored ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomics as applied to infectious disease.

Prof. Kahn’s publications include Contemporary Issues in Bioethics; Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research; and Ethics of Research With Human Subjects: Selected Policies and Resources, as well as over 115 articles in the bioethics and medical literature.  He also speaks widely across the U.S. and around the world on a range of bioethics topics, in addition to frequent media outreach.  From 1998-2002 he wrote the bi-weekly column Ethics Matters on CNN.com. Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Prof. Kahn was Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.


BA, University of California, Los Angeles
PhD, Georgetown University
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Recent Publications:

  1. Kahn, J, Vayena, E, Mastroianni A. “Learning as we Go: Lessons from the Publication of Facebook’s Social-Computing Research,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS early edition (September 23, 2014),
  2. Kahn, J. “Lessons Learned: Challenges in Applying Current Constraints on Research on Chimpanzees to Other Animals,” Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics February 2014 DOI 10.1007/s11017-014-9284-6.
  3. Vayena, E, Mastroianni, A, Kahn, J. “Caught in the Web: Informed Consent for Online Research,” Science Translational Medicine 5(173):173sf6; February 20, 2013.
  1. Vayena, E, Mastroianni A, Kahn, J.Ethical Issues in Health Research With Novel Online Sources,” American Journal of Public Health 102(12):2225-2230; December 2012.
  2. Kahn, J. “Raising the Bar: The Implications of the IOM Report on the Use of Chimpanzees,” Hastings Center Report 42(6):S27-S30; November-December 2012; DOI: 10.1002/hast.105.
  3. Galpern, WR, Corrigan-Curay, J, Lang, AE, Kahn, J, et al. “Sham Neurosurgical Procedures in Clinical Trials for Neurodegenerative Diseases: Scientific and Ethical Considerations,” The Lancet Neurology 11(7):643-50; July 2012.