Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, is the Founders Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He serves as Interim Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and as Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics. In addition, he directs Penn’s Postdoctoral Training Program in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics. Dr. Joffe attended Harvard College, received his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), and received his public health degree from UC Berkeley.
He trained in pediatrics at UCSF and undertook fellowship training in pediatric hematology and oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and at Boston Children's Hospital. His research addresses the many ethical challenges that arise in the conduct of clinical and translational investigation, both in pediatric oncology and other areas of medicine and science. He has been the principal investigator (PI) of studies that examine the roles and responsibilities of PIs in multicenter randomized trials; accountability in the clinical research enterprise; return of individual genetic results to participants in epidemiologic cohort studies; the integration of genomic sequencing technologies into the clinical care of cancer patients; governance of learning activities in learning healthcare systems; and optimal strategies for identifying germline risk in young adults with cancer.
He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Pediatrics Ethics Subcommittee, as a member of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board responsible for oversight of federally sponsored coronavirus vaccine trials, and as Chair of the National Human Genome Research Institute's Genomics and Society Working Group.