Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD

Core Faculty; Assistant Professor


1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21205
  • Core Faculty
    Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Assistant Professor
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and in the Johns Hopkins Division of General Internal Medicine. A practicing internist and philosopher, his research employs both conceptual and empirical methods in diverse areas of bioethics, from patient engagement in health care organizations to social media & Big Data ethics to human rights and global health. He recently completed a K08 Career Development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that investigated how a recent health reform, the accountable care organization (ACO), engages patients in board-level decisions about ACO priorities and programs. Additional projects have involved ethical and regulatory issues in the use of social media and digital data to improve mental health; examining ethical challenges for humanitarian health workers subject to violent attacks abroad; and ethical issues in global health generally (with special emphasis on short-term global health training). He has other relevant experience as an Institutional Review Board member, an award-winning graduate and undergraduate teacher, and mentor who has been recognized for excellence.

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After graduating from Purdue University (2000) with a degree in biochemistry, he entered the Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program at Duke University. His PhD (philosophy) thesis was entitled, “Global Health: A Normative Analysis of Intellectual Property Rights and Global Distributive Justice.” From 2008-2010 he was an internal medicine resident at the University of Michigan before completing a joint post-doctoral fellowship (2013) at Johns Hopkins in General Internal Medicine and Bioethics & Health Policy (through a Greenwall Fellowship).

Research Interests

  • Health Policy & Health Reform
  • Global Health
  • Human Rights
  • Social Media
  • Big Data


  • BS, Biochemistry, with honors, Purdue University
  • PhD, philosophy, Duke University
  • MD, Duke University


  • Chair, Society of General Internal Medicine Ethics Committee
  • Member, Institutional Review Board, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Member, Johns Hopkins Patient and Family Advisory Council at Green Spring Station
  • Member, Patient Outreach Committee, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Recent Publications

  1. Eze-Ajoku E, Lavoie M, DeCamp M. Exploring the Evidence Base Behind Quality Measures.American Journal of Medical Quality. 2017; in press.
  2. Cherniak W, Latham E, Astle B, Anguyo G, Beaunoir T, Buenaventura J, DeCamp M, Diaz K, Eichbaum Q, Hedimbi M, Myser C, Nwobu C, Standish K, Evert J. Visiting Trainees in Global Settings: Host and Partner Perspectives on Desirable Competencies. Annals of Global Health 2017;83(2):359-68. doi:10.1016/j.aogh.2017.04.007. PMID:28619413.
  3. Schulz J, DeCamp M, Berkowitz S. Regional Cost and Experience, Not Size or Hospital Inclusion, Helps Predict ACO Success. Medicine2017;96(24):e7209. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000007209. PMID:28614267.
  4. DeCamp M, Tilburt J. Ethics and High Value Care. Journal of Medical Ethics 2017;43:307–309. doi:10.1136/medethics-2016-1038802017. PMID:28130386.
  5. DeCamp M, Riggs K. Navigating Ethical Tensions in High-Value Care Education. JAMA 2016;316:2189-2190. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.17488. PMID:27923098.
  6. Schulz J, DeCamp M, Berkowitz S. Medicare Shared Savings Program: Public Reporting and Shared Savings Distributions. American Journal of Managed Care 2015;21(8):546-553. PMID: 26295354.
  7. DeCamp M, Lehmann LS.  Guiding Choice – Ethically Influencing Referrals in ACOs. New England Journal of Medicine 2015;372(3):205-207. doi:10.1056/NEJMp1412083. PMID:25587946.
  8. DeCamp M, Farber NJ, Torke AM, George M, Berger Z, Keirns CC, Kaldjian LC. Ethical Challenges for Accountable Care Organizations. J Gen Intern Med 2014;29(10):1392–1399. doi:10.1007/s11606-014-2833-x. PMID:24664441.
  9. Riggs K, DeCamp M. Providing Price Displays for Physicians: Which Price is Right? JAMA 2014;312(16):1631-1632. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7105. PMID:25335141.
  10. DeCamp M, Joffe S, Fernandez CV, Faden RR, Unguru Y, and the Working Group on Chemotherapy Drug Shortages in Pediatric Oncology. Chemotherapy Drug Shortages in Pediatric Oncology: A Consensus Statement. Pediatrics 2014;133(3):e716-e724. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-2946. PMID:24488741.
  11. DeCamp M, Sugarman J, Berkowitz S. Shared Savings in Accountable Care Organizations: How to Determine Fair Distributions. JAMA 2014;311(10):1011-1012. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.498. PMID:24618958.
  12. DeCamp M, Enumah S, O’Neill D, Sugarman J. Perceptions of a Short-term Medical Programme in the Dominican Republic: Voices of Care Recipients. Global public health 2014;9(4):411-425. doi:10.1080/17441692.2014.893368. PMID:24617943.
  13. DeCamp M, Koenig T, Chisholm M. Social Media and Physicians’ Online Identity Crisis. JAMA 2013;310(6):581-582. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.8238. PMID:23942675.
  14. DeCamp M, Rodriguez J, Hecht S, Barry M, Sugarman J. An ethics curriculum for short-term global health trainees. Global Health 2013;9(5). doi:10.1186/1744-8603-9-5. PMID:23410089.