Michael DiStefano, PhD

Assistant Scientist


Deering Hall
1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205

Michael J. DiStefano received a 2021 PhD in Bioethics and Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management. His research interests include ethics issues related to health care priority setting and resource allocation, drug access and affordability, and digital health. He received the 2018 American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Student Paper Award.

Michael received a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. His graduate thesis explored the ethics of using mobile health technologies to enhance TB treatment adherence. Prior to joining Hopkins, Michael interned at the World Medical Association and taught in the Biomedical Ethics department at Dong-A University in Busan, South Korea. He graduated from Princeton University in 2011 with a degree in Religion.

Research Interests

  • Priority setting and resource allocation
  • Ethical issues related to the measurement of health
  • Ethics of surveillance and influence in health (from mobile health to health incentives programs)


  • MBE, University of Pennsylvania
  • AB, Religion, Princeton University