Steven Joffe

Founders Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Steven Joffe, M.D., is the Founders Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He serves as Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, and directs the Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics and the Penn Postdoctoral Training Program in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics. He is also Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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 in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Joffe’s research addresses the 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 NIH, PCORI and foundation-funded studies that examine the roles and responsibilities of PIs in multicenter randomized trials, accountability in the clinical research enterprise, governance of learning activities within learning healthcare systems, return of individual genetic results to participants in epidemiologic cohort studies, and the integration of genomic sequencing technologies into cancer care. He is a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pediatrics Ethics Subcommittee, the American Society of Clinical Oncology Ethics Committee, and the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Genomics and Society Working Group.