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Nancy Kass

Nancy Kass, ScD, is the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Deputy Director for Public Health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics. In 2009-2010, Dr. Kass was based in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was working with the World Health Organization (WHO) Ethics Review Committee Secretariat.

Dr. Kass received her BA from Stanford University, completed doctoral training in health policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and was awarded a National Research Service Award to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in bioethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Dr. Kass conducts empirical work in bioethics and health policy. Her publications are primarily in the field of U.S. and international research ethics, HIV/AIDS ethics policy, public health ethics, and ethics of public health preparedness. She is co-editor of HIV, AIDS and Childbearing: Public Policy, Private Lives (Oxford University Press, 1996).

Dr. Kass co-chaired the National Cancer Institute Committee to develop Recommendations for Informed Consent Documents for Cancer Clinical Trials, and served on the NCI’s central IRB.She has served as consultant to the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and to the National Academy of Sciences. Current research projects examine ethics for a learning healthcare system including quality improvement and comparative effectiveness, informed consent in randomized trials, ethics issues that arise in international health research and ethics and public health preparedness. Dr. Kass teaches the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s course on U.S. and International Research Ethics and Integrity, is the director of the School’s PhD program in bioethics and health policy, and is the director of the Johns Hopkins Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program . Dr. Kass is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the Hastings Center.


BA, Stanford University
ScD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Post-doctoral fellowship: Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

Recent Publications:

1: Ali J, Hyder AA, Kass NE. Research ethics capacity development in Africa:
exploring a model for individual success. Dev World Bioeth. 2012 Aug;12(2):55-62.
doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8847.2012.00331.x. Epub 2012 Jun 18. PubMed PMID: 22708713;
PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3393778. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22708713

2: Osamor PE, Kass N. Decision-making and motivation to participate in biomedical
research in southwest Nigeria. Dev World Bioeth. 2012 Aug;12(2):87-95. doi:
10.1111/j.1471-8847.2012.00326.x. Epub 2012 Jun 18. PubMed PMID: 22708614; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC3393803. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22708614

3: Wissow LS, Rutkow L, Kass NE, Rabins PV, Vernick JS, Hodge JG Jr. Ethical
issues raised in addressing the needs of people with serious mental disorders in
complex emergencies. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012 Mar;6(1):72-8. doi:
10.1001/dmp.2011.88. Epub 2012 Jan 4. PubMed PMID: 22217528. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22217528

4: Appiah-Poku J, Newton S, Kass N. Participants’ perceptions of research
benefits in an African genetic epidemiology study. Dev World Bioeth. 2011
Dec;11(3):128-35. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8847.2011.00309.x. PubMed PMID: 22103636.

5: Thompson DA, Kass N, Holzmueller C, Marsteller JA, Martinez EA, Gurses AP,
Kanchuger M, Schwann N, Gibson CS, Bauer L, Pronovost PJ. Variation in local
institutional review board evaluations of a multicenter patient safety study. J
Healthc Qual. 2012 Jul;34(4):33-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1945-1474.2011.00150.x. Epub
2011 May 25. PubMed PMID: 22060010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22060010

6: Taylor HA, Kass NE, Ali J, Sisson S, Bertram A, Bhan A. Development of a
research ethics knowledge and analytical skills assessment tool. J Med Ethics.
2012 Apr;38(4):236-42. Epub 2011 Nov 3. PubMed PMID: 22052994. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22052994