Dr. Sugarman is an internationally recognized leader in the field of biomedical ethics with particular expertise in the application of empirical methods and evidence-based standards for the evaluation and analysis of bioethical issues. His contributions to both medical ethics and policy include his work on the ethics of informed consent, umbilical cord blood banking, stem cell research, international HIV prevention research, and research oversight.
Dr. Sugarman is the author of over 200 articles, reviews and book chapters. He has also edited or co-edited four books (Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research; Ethics of Research with Human Subjects: Selected Policies and Resources; Ethics in Primary Care; and Methods in Medical Ethics). Dr. Sugarman is an associate editor of Clinical Trials, a contributing editor for IRB, and is on the editorial boards of several academic journals.
Dr. Sugarman consults and speaks internationally on a range of issues related to bioethics. He is a Senior Adviser to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He previously served as a senior policy and research analyst for the White House Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments and a consultant to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission.
He was the founding director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine at Duke University where he was also a professor of medicine and philosophy. He is a faculty affiliate of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.
Dr. Sugarman currently serves on the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, the Scientific and Research Advisory Board for the Canadian Blood Service, the Ethics and Public Policy Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and the Board of Directors of PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research). He is co-chair of the Johns Hopkins’ Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. In addition, he is chair of the Ethics Working Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network and is the ethics officer for the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium.