Mark T. Hughes, MD

Core Faculty; 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

Dr. Mark Hughes, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, serves on the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Service and is chair of the sub-committee on ethics consultation standards. He previously served as an associate editor for the  Journal of General Internal Medicine  and as coordinator of the End-of-Life Interest Group for the Society of General Internal Medicine. He 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 , published in 2009. Dr. Hughes serves as a core faculty member and medical student advisor in the Florence R. Sabin College in the School of Medicine. He teaches clinical skills, clinical ethics and research ethics to medical students, while also teaching research ethics in a variety of settings: He co-developed a course on research ethics for post-graduate fellows in the Department of Medicine. Since 2002, he has been the Director of the Course on Research Ethics (CORE), a mandatory course for all faculty 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.

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Dr. Hughes 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 also been instrumental in designing, implementing and evaluating ethics curricula in a number of Hopkins residency programs, including pediatrics, surgery and 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 came to Johns Hopkins in 1997 after completing a fellowship in primary-care research, with a concentration in bioethics, at Georgetown.

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.