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Bioethics expert Kahn to deliver next Discovery Lecture

Sep. 20, 2018, 9:50 AM

by Leigh MacMillan

Noted bioethicist Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 27. His lecture, “Precision Medicine and the Roles of Bioethics,” will begin at 4 p.m. in room 208 Light Hall. It is the Patricia Townsend Meador Lecture, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society.

Kahn is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.


His work encompasses a variety of areas of bioethics, including the ethics of human subject research and the intersection of ethics and genetics, emerging biomedical technologies and public health.

Kahn is also the Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy at the Berman Institute of Bioethics and a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of The Hastings Center. Kahn has served on multiple state and federal advisory panels and currently chairs the Board on Health Sciences Policy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Kahn earned an MPH from Johns Hopkins and a PhD in philosophy and bioethics from Georgetown University.

Before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2011, he was director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.

For a complete schedule of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to

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