Mark T. Hughes, MD, MA

Assistant Professor


601 N. Caroline Street
7th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287
  • Core Faculty
    Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Mark T. Hughes, MD, MA, is a core faculty member in the Berman Institute of Bioethicsand an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his BA at the University of Virginia with a major in philosophy and a minor in biology. He received his MD from SUNY at Stony Brook. He received his master’s degree in philosophy (bioethics) at Georgetown University; his master’s thesis explored the notion of comfort in the healing relationship.

Dr. Hughes sees patients in general internal medicine primary care, as well as in palliative care. He is the co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and Consultation Service and helps to coordinate the Ethics for Lunch monthly panel discussions. He is the director of REWards (Research Ethics Workshops about the responsibilities and duties of scientists), a mandatory course for all principal investigators and fellows conducting human-subjects research in the School of Medicine. He also co-developed and co-directs an introductory course on research ethics for graduate students in the School of Medicine. He is a lecturer in the Research Coordinator Training Program.

From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Hughes was awarded a Blaustein Scholarship in the Ethics of Clinical Practice at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. As a Blaustein Scholar, Dr. Hughes worked with colleagues to study ethical issues that emerge in the daily practice of medicine. The working group in the Program on Ethics in Clinical Practice has been instrumental in designing, implementing and evaluating ethics curricula in a number of Hopkins residency programs, including pediatrics, surgery and medicine. Dr. Hughes also teaches clinical skills, clinical ethics and research ethics to medical students.

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In addition to his work in ethics, Dr. Hughes is co-developer and associate editor of the Internet Learning Center, an Internet-based curriculum utilized by medical residency programs across the nation. From 2005 to 2009, he was a facilitator in the course Curriculum Development in the Longitudinal Johns Hopkins Bayview Faculty Development Program, and he is co-editor of the book “Curriculum Development for Medical Education,” now in its third edition. Dr. Hughes previously served as a core faculty member in the Florence R. Sabin College in the School of Medicine. He has been an associate editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and was coordinator of the End-of-Life Interest Group for the Society of General Internal Medicine..

Research Interests

  • Teaching ethics to medical students
  • Research ethics


  • B.A., Philosophy with a minor in Biology, University of Virginia
  • M.A., Philosophy, Georgetown University
  • M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook

Recent Publications

1. Sisson, S. D., Rastegar, D. A., Hughes, M. T., Bertram, A. K., & Yeh, H. C. (2012). Learner feedback and educational outcomes with an internet-based ambulatory curriculum: a qualitative and quantitative analysis. BMC medical education12(1), 55.

2. Carrese, J. A., McDonald, E. L., Moon, M., Taylor, H. A., Khaira, K., Catherine Beach, M., & Hughes, M. T. (2011). Everyday ethics in internal medicine resident clinic: an opportunity to teach. Medical education45(7), 712-721.

3. Sharma, R. K., Hughes, M. T., Nolan, M. T., Tudor, C., Kub, J., Terry, P. B., & Sulmasy, D. P. (2011). Family understanding of seriously-ill patient preferences for family involvement in healthcare decision making. Journal of general internal medicine26(8), 881-886.

4. Chow, G. V., Czarny, M. J., Hughes, M. T., & Carrese, J. A. (2010). CURVES: a mnemonic for determining medical decision-making capacity and providing emergency treatment in the acute setting. CHEST Journal137(2), 421-427.

5. Taylor, H. A., McDonald, E. L., Moon, M., Hughes, M. T., & Carrese, J. A. (2009). Teaching ethics to paediatrics residents: the centrality of the therapeutic alliance. Medical education43(10), 952-959.

6. Moon, M., Taylor, H. A., McDonald, E. L., Hughes, M. T., & Carrese, J. A. (2009). Everyday ethics issues in the outpatient clinical practice of pediatric residents. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine163(9), 838-843.