Stem Cells in Focus

Member Spotlight on Jeremy Sugarman, MD

  • 17 April, 2017
Paramus, New Jersey (U.S.)

Current Residence
Baltimore, Maryland (U.S.)

Graduate Degree
MD, MPH, MA (Philosophy - Applied Ethics)

Current Position
Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Deputy Director for Medicine of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and co-chair Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee at the Johns Hopkins University

What is the current focus of your research, and what do you find most rewarding about your work?

I work in the field of biomedical ethics using both conceptual and empirical approaches to address an array of topics including the ethics of umbilical cord blood banking, stem cell research, emerging technologies, international HIV prevention research, global health, informed consent and research oversight.  In addition to continued projects related to these issues, I am currently involved with projects related to the ethical aspects of pragmatic clinical trials, novel HIV+ to HIV+ solid organ transplants and HIV cure research. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is the opportunity to work with those who are on the frontiers of science and medicine to identify and attend to the ethical aspects of their work.

What led you to become a scientist and to stem cell research?

I have been interested in bioethics since I was an undergraduate and was fortunate to be able to participate in the field as it developed. My interest in the ethical aspects of stem cell research in particular grew out of some initial work I did on the ethical issues associated with the then new field of umbilical cord blood banking and transplantation.

How do you spend your free time?

Sampling local cuisines and going for long runs in beautiful parts of the world.

What is something your peers would be surprised to learn about you?

I have only been to 83 countries and 46 states in the US.

What do you value most about your membership with the ISSCR?

Being able to learn from and collaborate with scientists who are doing leading stem cell research.