The Berman Institute

Leading the field of Bioethics in scholarship, education, training, and service
Conversation with Dani Shapiro, author of the NYT best selling memoir “Inheritance” on Jan. 13
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Following a reading by the author, Ruth Faden will moderate discussion of about ethical dimensions of issues raised by her memoir

Ruth Faden Receives Hastings Center’s 2019 Beecher Award
Berman Institute founder recognized for lifetime achievement in ethics and the life sciences
Jeffrey Kahn Featured in New Netflix Series, “Unnatural Selection”
Berman Institute Director provides bioethics viewpoint on science of gene-editing
Vines Architecture Selected to Lead Planning Stages for Henrietta Lacks Hall
Interdisciplinary home for Berman Institute to be complete in 2022

The Berman Institute

From the ethics of food production to stem cell research, we are guiding the conversation about some of the most complex moral and policy issues affecting the health and well-being of people worldwide.

Facts About Berman

78 Fellows educated

We launch the careers of the next generation of leaders in bioethics scholarship.

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42 Faculty

Spanning Johns Hopkins University, our faculty includes internationally recognized bioethics experts and emerging new scholars.

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More than ever, the Berman Institute's work is critical for clarifying the difficult ethics questions faced in biomedicine, from the bedside to the most pressing population and global health issues of the day.
Jeffrey P. Kahn, PhD, MPH
Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics


The Berman Institute attracts specialists in fields ranging from medicine, nursing and public health to the law who are passionate about improving human health and well-being worldwide.
Classroom and teacher

Research & Outreach

Our faculty are helping shape policy and practice in healthcare, biomedical science and public health by exploring ethical issues at the intersection of innovation and human lives.

Education & Training

We offer unique interdisciplinary programs for students at all levels—from undergraduates seeking an ethical framework for a range of careers to bioethics specialists seeking to connect with current issues.
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Elisabeth Rosenthal: Where the Frauds Are All Legal - Welcome to the weird world of medical billing.
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
A Harvard geneticist's goal: to protect humans from viruses, genetic diseases, and aging
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Meet The Womanikin, The Breasted Vest Working To Close The CPR Gender Gap
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Ban on Surprise Medical Bills May Pass After All - Congress is close to a deal that would help patients by resolvin…
The U.S. accounts for five percent of the world's population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic. How did we get here? In this personal talk, Berman Institute Research Scholar Travis Rieder recounts the often-hidden struggle of opioid withdrawal and reveals how doctors who prescribe (and overprescribe) opioids aren't equipped to eventually get people off the meds.
James Corbett, M.Div., J.D., Principal of Initial Health delivered the 26th annual Shallenberger Lecture, ``Beyond Charity: Re-Imagined Communities`` on April 16, 2019. Corbett said that modern health care requires balancing competing priorities, and his talk highlighted the ethical challenges of care delivery while offering a vision of what is possible by moving beyond charity and re-imagining community.