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Joseph A. Carrese

Joseph Carrese, MD, MPH, FACP is Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a member of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Carrese is a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Dr. Carrese’s scholarship focuses on clinical ethics and professionalism, with a particular interest in medical education and examining ethical issues in the context of cultural diversity. Dr. Carrese collaborates with colleagues to design, implement and evaluate educational curricula addressing ethics and professionalism issues in clinical practice.

Dr. Carrese is Chair of the Ethics Committee at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Chair of an Institutional Review Board at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and primary care doctor to a panel of patients seen at the Bayview Medical Offices internal medicine clinic.

Dr. Carrese graduated from Williams College and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he studied medical ethics and anthropology. Dr. Carrese joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1994. He was supported by a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars award from 1997-2002 and was a Blaustein Scholar in Clinical Ethics at the Berman Institute from 2005 -2010.

Dr. Carrese is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and is immediate past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Academy for Professionalism in Healthcare. He has been a visiting professor at several universities and has been invited to speak at many national and international meetings, including the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany in October 2014.

Dr. Carrese received a National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education at the Society of General Internal Medicine annual meeting in April 2008 for his body of work in the area of clinical ethics education. From 2009-2014 Dr. Carrese was a member of the ASBH standing committee on Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs (CECA) and in October 2011 he received the ASBH Presidential Citation Award at the ASBH annual meeting for his work on this committee.


MD, University at Buffalo School of Medicine
MPH, University of Washington in Seattle
BA, Williams College

Select Publications:

  1. Carrese J, Forbes L, Branyon E, Aboumatar H, Geller G, Beach MC, & Sugarman J. Observations regarding treatment with respect and dignity in the intensive care unit. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. 2015; 5(1A):45-53.
  2. Carrese JA, Malek J, Watson K, Lehman LS, Green MJ, McCullough LB, Geller G, Braddock CH, Doukas DJ. “The Romanell Report: The Essential Role of Medical Ethics Education in Achieving Professionalism.Academic Medicine. 2015; 90(6):744-52.
  3. Carrese, J. A., Antommaria, A. H., Berkowitz, K. A., Berger, J., Carrese, J., Childs, B. H., … & Wocial, L. HCEC Pearls and Pitfalls: Suggested Do’s and Don’ts for Health Care Ethics Consultants The Journal of Clinical Ethics. 2011; 23(3), 234-240.
  4. Carrese, J. A., McDonald, E. L., Moon, M., Taylor, H. A., Khaira, K., Catherine Beach, M., & Hughes, M. T. Everyday Ethics in Internal Medicine Resident Clinic: An Opportunity to TeachMedical Education. 2011; 45(7), 712-721.
  5. Carrese, J. A. Refusal of Care: Patients’ Well-Being and Physicians’ Ethical ObligationsJAMA. 2006; 296(6), 691-695.
  6. Carrese, J. A., Mullaney, J. L., Faden, R. R., & Finucane, T. E. Planning for Death but Not Serious Future Illness: Qualitative Study of Housebound Elderly PatientsBritish Medical Journal. 2002; 325(7356), 125-127.
  7. Carrese, J. A., & Rhodes, L. A. Western Bioethics on the Navajo Reservation: Benefit or Harm?JAMA. 1995; 274(10), 826-829.