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Jeffrey Kahn

Jeffrey Kahn 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, a position he assumed in August 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Prof. Kahn was Director and Professor in the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota, positions he held from 1996-2011. He works in a variety of areas of bioethics, exploring the intersection of ethics and health/science policy, including research ethics, ethics and public health, and ethical issues in leading edge biomedical technologies. He has published three books and over 100 articles in the bioethics and medical literature. His education includes a BA from UCLA (molecular biology), PhD from Georgetown University (philosophy (bioethics)), and MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (health policy). Dr. Kahn serves on numerous state and federal advisory panels, including committees for the Institute of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and others. He is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center, and speaks frequently across the U.S. and around the world on a range of bioethics topics.From 1998-2002 he wrote the bi-weekly column Ethics Matters on CNN.com, and was founding president of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, a position he held from 2006-2010.


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

Recent Publications:

1: Galpern WR, Corrigan-Curay J, Lang AE, Kahn J, Tagle D, Barker RA, Freeman TB,
Goetz CG, Kieburtz K, Kim SY, Piantadosi S, Comstock Rick A, Federoff HJ. Sham
neurosurgical procedures in clinical trials for neurodegenerative diseases:
scientific and ethical considerations. Lancet Neurol. 2012 Jul;11(7):643-50.
PubMed PMID: 22710757. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22710757

2: Barney EJ, Little EC, Gerkin RD, Ramos AX, Kahn J, Wong M, Kolli G, Manch R.
Coated Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Does Not Improve
Thrombocytopenia in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis. Dig Dis Sci. 2012 May 16.
[Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22588242. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22588242

3: Wolf SM, Crock BN, Van Ness B, Lawrenz F, Kahn JP, Beskow LM, Cho MK,
Christman MF, Green RC, Hall R, Illes J, Keane M, Knoppers BM, Koenig BA, Kohane
IS, Leroy B, Maschke KJ, McGeveran W, Ossorio P, Parker LS, Petersen GM,
Richardson HS, Scott JA, Terry SF, Wilfond BS, Wolf WA. Managing incidental
findings and research results in genomic research involving biobanks and archived
data sets. Genet Med. 2012 Apr;14(4):361-84. doi: 10.1038/gim.2012.23. PubMed
PMID: 22436882. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22436882

4: Rapp EK, White-Ajmani ML, Antonius D, Goetz RR, Harkavy-Friedman JM, Savitz
AJ, Malaspina D, Kahn JP. Schizophrenia comorbid with panic disorder: Evidence
for distinct cognitive profiles. Psychiatry Res. 2012 May 30;197(3):206-11. Epub
2012 Mar 13. PubMed PMID: 22417926; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3393808.

5: Altevogt BM, Pankevich DE, Pope AM, Kahn JP. Research agenda. Guiding limited
use of chimpanzees in research. Science. 2012 Jan 6;335(6064):41-2. Epub 2011 Dec
15. PubMed PMID: 22174127. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22174127

6: Cornfield DN, Kahn JP. Decisions about life-sustaining measures in children:
in whose best interests? Acta Paediatr. 2012 Apr;101(4):333-6. doi:
10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02531.x. Epub 2011 Dec 13. PubMed PMID: 22103464.