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OHRP Director's Biography

Dr. Jerry Menikoff
Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

Jerry A. Menikoff, M.D., J.D, is the Director of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a component of the Office of Public Health and Science in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His office is responsible for protecting the rights, welfare, and well-being of subjects involved in research conducted or supported by HHS and helps ensure that such research is carried out in accordance with the regulations described at 45 CFR part 46. In addition, OHRP provides leadership in the protection of human subjects participating in such research by providing clarification and guidance, developing educational programs and materials, and maintaining regulatory oversight.

Prior to joining OHRP, Dr. Menikoff served as the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Human Subjects Research, responsible for day-to-day oversight of the NIH intramural research program's human research protection program, including policy development and educational activities.

Dr. Menikoff held several academic positions prior to his government service. He served for nine years as the chair of the human subjects committee and the hospital ethics committee at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He also taught in schools of law at the University of Akron, the University of Chicago, and Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Immediately prior to coming to the federal government, he was Associate Professor of Law, Ethics and Medicine at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Menikoff's research interests have concentrated on bioethics in general, and more particularly on the ethics of research with human subjects. Dr. Menikoff is the author of the textbook Law and Bioethics: An Introduction (Georgetown University Press 2001), now in its second printing. His most recent book is What the Doctor Didn’t Say: The Hidden Truth about Medical Research (Oxford University Press 2006).

Dr. Menikoff received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (magna cum laude in Mathematics, 1973), and also received in 1977 a J.D. (magna cum laude; Editor and Officer of the Harvard Law Review) and M.P.P. (Public Policy) from Harvard. Dr. Menikoff earned an M.D. in 1986 from Washington University (St. Louis).

January 22, 2009


Last revised: January 26, 2009