Our vision is to achieve more ethical practices and policies relevant to human health.
Our Mission is to identify and address key ethical issues in science, clinical care, and public health, locally and globally.
Through an ever-expanding array of programs and projects, the Berman Institute has a direct, positive impact on the health and well-being of millions of people in developed and developing countries around the world
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In addition to their original research, scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and public awareness outreach, our faculty perform significant service – at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital, and in the broader community.
We collaborate with institutions and networks in the U.S. and internationally to advance bioethics knowledge, capacity and infrastructure.
Areas of Impact
Sharrona Pearl, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Ethics
Both like and not like cosmetic surgery and whole organ transplants, facial allografts have proven difficult to categorize. This talk will show how bioethicists, surgeons, and journalists have conceptualized face transplants as neither and both, and the resulting stakes for each. Paying particular attention to the media coverage of Isabelle Dinoire’s partial facial allograft in 2005, Pearl will discuss the implications of the cosmetic frame and the whole organ frame for the bioethical debates around FAT.
Speakers including the Berman Institute’s Cynda Rushton and Jeremy Greene will address topics such as burnout and wellness among health care professionals, as well as discuss the erosion of the human relationship between provider and patient
Healthcare architecture has strongly advocated for patient-centered design, but can the resulting concealment of clinical spaces devalue the role of medical professionals? With a recent paradigm shift towards design quality measurement, has the social responsibility of health architects changed? Obligations to develop an ethically-based framework to structure design decisions and allocation discussions in healthcare architecture are explored.