Berman Institute Monthly Newsletter September 2021

September 2021


Several Berman Institute affiliates were recognized for their Excellence in Teaching for Fourth Term by the Bloomberg School of Public Health: Ruth Faden, Anna Mastroianni, Hanna Pickard, and Rebecca Seltzer.


James A. Tulsky, MD: Think Again: Is Advance Care Planning Obsolete?

September 27, 12:00 – 1:15 pm, virtual

Sheila Hutzler-Rives Memorial Lecture

Many health systems use advance care planning as a quality metric for serious illness and end-of-life care. However, after twenty years of research, no clear association has been demonstrated between advance care planning and improved care outcomes. Some believe we are measuring the wrong outcomes; others say that this is an intrinsic good that is not measurable at all. Is it time to reevaluate this practice that is theoretically attractive yet has little empirical validity? Attend via Zoom.


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The Dangers of Data Colonialism in Precision Public Health Global Policy

Authors: Kadija Ferryman


We will never give up”: A qualitative study of ethical challenges Syrian health workers face in situations of extreme violence Disasters

Authors: Namrita Singh, Grant Broussard, Matthew Decamp, et al, including Leonard Rubenstein


Life with pediatric home ventilation: Expectations versus experience Pediatric Pulmonology

Authors: Carrie Henderson, Jessica Raisanen, Kelly Shipman, Nicholas Jabre, Benjamin Wilfond, Renee Boss


Patients’ perspectives on the derivation and use of organoids STEM Cell Reports

Authors: Juli Bollinger, Elizabeth May, Debra Mathews, Mark Donowitz, & Jeremy Sugarman


Stuck in Traffic: Conflicting Regimes of Global Drug Regulation Diplomatic History

Authors: David Herzberg, Jeremy Greene


Patients’ Experiences With HIV-positive to HIV-positive Organ Transplantation Transportation Direct

Authors: Sarah Rasmussen, Shanti Seaman, Morgan Johnson, et al, including Jeremy Sugarman


Cabotegravir for HIV Prevention in Cisgender Men and Transgender Women The New England Journal of Medicine

Authors: Raphael J. Landovitz, Deborah Donnell, Meredith E. Clement, et al, including Jeremy Sugarman


Patients’ Reactions to Letters Communicating Collateral Findings of Pragmatic Clinical Trials: a National Web-Based Survey Journal of General Internal Medicine

Authors: Kevin Weinfurt, Juli Bollinger, Elizabeth May, Gail Geller, Debra Mathews, et al, including Jeremy Sugarman


Time for action: towards an intersectional gender approach to COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment that leaves no one behind BMJ Global Health

Authors: Shirin Heidari, David N Durrheim, Ruth Faden, Sonali Kochhar, et al


Variation in Time to Notification of Enrollment and Rates of Withdrawal in Resuscitation Trials Conducted Under Exception from Informed Consent Resuscitation

Authors: Graham Nichol, Rui Zhuang, Renee Russell, et al, including Jeremy Sugarman


Introduction to Special Issue: Psychiatry as Social Medicine Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry

Authors: Anne Kveim Lie, Jeremy Greene


Mobile Technology-Based (mLearning) Intervention to Enhance Breast Cancer Clinicians’ Communication About Sexual Health: A Pilot Trial Official Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Authors: Jennifer Reese, Lauren Zimmaro, Sharon Bober, et al, including Mary Catherine Beach


Quoting Patients in Clinical Notes: First, Do No Harm Annals of Internal Medicine

Authors: Mary Catherine Beach


COVID-19 and Moral Distress: A Pediatric Critical Care Survey American Journal of Critical Care

Authors: Tessy A. Thomas, F. Daniel Davis, Shelley Kumar, Satid Thammasitboon, Cynda H. Rushton


Ethical issues in establishing the efficacy and safety of long-acting injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention: the HPTN 083 trial The Lancet

Authors: Jeremy Sugarman, Deborah J Donnell, Brett Hanscom, Marybeth McCauley, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Raphael J Landovitz


Upholding the identity of perinatal hospice Journal of Perinatology

Authors: Meaghann S. Weaver and Renee Boss


Remembering Past Lessons about Structural Racism — Recentering Black Theorists of Health and Society The New England Journal of Medicine

Authors: Alexandre White, Rachel L.J. Thornton, and Jeremy A. Greene

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August 27, 2021

The Ethics of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Public Health on Call

With Nancy Kass.


August 25, 2021

The Future of Food


With Jessica Fanzo.

August 24, 2021

Pandemic reveals the limits of civil liberties

The Baltimore Sun | Commentary

With comments from Nancy Kass.August 23, 2021

AI Can Guess Your Race Based On X-Rays, and Researchers Don’t Know How


Featuring Kadija Ferryman.


Full Frame: The Future of Food


With Jess Fanzo.

August 20, 2021

Breastfeeding and COVID-19 Vaccines

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A Q&A with Ruth Karron and Ruth Faden.


For some Black Americans, vaccine hesitancy is just one part of a legacy of mistrust

The Guardian

With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.


Covid booster shots are coming — and the world isn’t happy


With comments from Ruth Faden.

August 18, 2021

The Truth About Long Covid Is Complicated. Better Treatment Isn’t.

The New York Times: Opinion

Adam Gaffney and Zackary Berger write.


Should anyone be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster? The ethics says no

Yahoo! News

With Ruth Faden.


The ethics of vaccine booster shots


With comments from Ruth Faden.

August 17, 2021

6 ways you and your family can take action now on climate change


With Jess Fanzo.

August 16, 2021

Language in Patient Records Can Convey More Than Medical History


Featuring Mary Catherine Beach.

August 14, 2021

The assault on health care in Tigray

The Hill

By Leonard Rubenstein

August 12, 2021

Beyond Language- Closing the Gaps


MBE alum Vivian Altiery De Jesús writes.


Its Her Time: An Ode to Women in Conservation

World Wildlife Magazine

Including a profile of Jessica Fanzo.

August 9, 2021

Trainers, doctors, therapists: is it OK to ask professionals if they’re vaccinated?

The Guardian

With comments from Ruth Faden.

August 6, 2021

Is your doctor, dentist or hairstylist vaccinated? Tips for how to ask — and avoid awkwardness.

The Washington Post

With comments from Ruth Faden.

August 4, 2021

Is it ethical to offer prize money to people who waited to get vaccinated?

Chicago Tribune

With comments from Jeffrey Kahn.


August 3, 2021

Covid pandemic linked to increased nearsightedness in kids


With comments from Megan Collins.


Call for single standard for astronaut radiation risk

Physics World

With comments from our Jeffrey Kahn.



August 1, 2021

America mulls vaccine mandates – will they work?

The Guardian

With comments from Ruth Faden.


On September 21st, Yoram Unguru will be  guest speaker for the JHSPH class Current Issues in Public Health: COVID-19 Pandemic Response. The title of his lecture is “An Ethical Framework for Prioritizing. Allocating, and Rationing Scarce Medical Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

On August 5th, Jeremy Sugarman gave a talk titled “Current Ethical Guidelines for HIV prevention trials in people: What’s changed and Why Does it Matter?” as part of the HIV Prevention Research Engagement Series hosted by the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC).