Steven Joffe
  • Titles:
  • Chair, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
  • Chief, Division of Medical Ethics
  • Art and Ilene Penn Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Education:
  • University of California, San Francisco, MD
  • University of California, Berkeley, MPH, Epidemiology
  • Harvard College, AB, Fine Art

Steven Joffe (he/him) is a pediatric oncologist and bioethicist who is currently the Art and Ilene Penn Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  He is also the Director of the Penn Postdoctoral Training Program in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics and Co-director of the Cancer Control Program within the Abramson Cancer Center.

Dr. Joffe's research addresses the many ethical challenges that arise in the conduct of clinical and translational investigation.  He has led NIH-, PCORI- and foundation-funded projects to study the roles and responsibilities of principal investigators in multicenter randomized trials, accountability in the clinical research enterprise, children’s capacity to engage in research decisions, return of individual genetic results to participants in epidemiologic cohort studies, the integration of whole-exome sequencing technologies into the clinical care of cancer patients, strategies for diagnosis of germline risk among young adults with cancer, and the nature and challenges of learning health systems. He has coauthored over 200 articles addressing these topics. He has served on many national ethics-related committees including the Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccine Data and Safety Monitoring Board, the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Genomics and Society Working Group, and the FDA’s Pediatric Ethics Subcommittee, and he is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Joffe attended Harvard College, received his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco, and received his public health degree from UC Berkeley.  He trained in pediatrics at UCSF and undertook fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital.

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