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Jeffrey Kahn Named Next Director of Berman Institute

Following a national search that began in November, Johns Hopkins University has named Jeffrey P. Kahn the next Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, effective July 1.


The Berman Institute leverages an expert faculty from across the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Arts and Sciences, and Advanced International Studies to identify and address key ethical issues in science, clinical care, and public health, locally and globally.


Since 2011, Kahn has served as the Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy and the deputy director for policy and administration at the Berman Institute. He is also a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


“Jeff is an outstanding colleague with a record of excellence as a scholar, teacher, and public commentator on some of the most challenging ethical issues of our time,” said Robert C. Lieberman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “His myriad skills, strengths, and accomplishments have made him enormously successful in his previous roles and in his current role as deputy director, and they will serve him well in the years ahead as the next director of the Berman Institute. Johns Hopkins is fortunate to have Jeff assume this new leadership role.”


Kahn will succeed Ruth Faden, who founded the Berman Institute in 1995. Faden announced in September that this academic year would be her last as director after 20 years in the role. She

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