Joseph Carrese

Joseph A. Carrese, MD, MPH, FACP

Joseph A. Carrese, M.D., M.P.H., FACP

Professor of Medicine
Core faculty and leadership group, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Chair, JHBMC Ethics Committee
Chair, JHSOM Institutional Review Board

The GIM Division has a long history of being person-centered: encouraging and helping individuals - be they students, trainees or junior faculty – figure out what is most important and compelling to them and then helping them pursue and succeed at whatever that is. That is just one of the things that makes this such a unique and special place.


I am a national leader in clinical ethics and professionalism education. My peer-reviewed articles have been published in leading medical and bioethics journals, I have been a visiting professor at several academic medical institutions and I have been invited to speak at many national and international meetings. I was on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities from 2012-15. In 2012, I was a founding Board member of the Academy for Professionalism in Healthcare (APHC) and I was Chair of the Board of Directors of APHC from 2013-15. I am a Fellow of the Hastings Center.

I enjoy skiing, sailing, traveling, working in my yard, and spending time with my family.


  • Degrees
    • B.A. / Williams College 1980

    • M.D. / University of Buffalo School of Medicine 1984

    • M.P.H. / University of Washington 1994

  • Fellowships
    • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, University of Washington / Area of Focus: Bioethics and Anthropology 1994

  • Board Certifications
    • Diplomate / American Board of Internal Medicine, 1988

Scholarly Interests

Clinical ethics and professionalism, with a particular interest in medical education, examining ethical issues in the context of cultural diversity and clinical ethics consultation.
Selected Publications
  • Carrese JA, Rhodes LA. Western Bioethics on the Navajo Reservation: Benefit or Harm? JAMA. 1995;274(10):826-829.

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  • Carrese JA, Mullaney JL, Faden RR, Finucane TF. Planning for Death but not Serious Future Illness: Qualitative Study of Housebound Elderly Patients. British Medical Journal, 2002; 325:125-127.

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  • Carrese J, McDonald EL, Moon M, Taylor H, Khaira K, Beach MC, Hughes MT. Everyday Ethics in Internal Medicine Resident Clinic: An Opportunity to Teach. Med Educ. 2011; 45:712-21.

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  • Carrese J, Forbes L, Branyon E, Aboumatar H, Geller G, Beach MC, & Sugarman J. Observations regarding treatment with respect and dignity in the intensive care unit. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. 2015; 5(1A):45-53.

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  • Carrese JA, Malek J, Watson K, Lehman LS, Green MJ, McCullough LB, Geller G, Braddock CH, Doukas DJ. The Essential Role of Medical Ethics Education in Achieving Professionalism: The Romanell Report. Academic Medicine. 2015; 90(6):744-52.

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