James J Giordano


SOM Medical Educator Track -- Professor


Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology
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Dr. James Giordano is Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and a professor in the Department of Neurology, and Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. He is Clark Faculty Fellow of Neurosciences and Ethics at the Human Science Center of Ludwig Maximilians Universit├Ąt, Munich, Germany, where he previously was JW Fulbright Foundation Visiting Professor. Dr. Giordano is William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Neuroethics at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC; is appointed to the Neuroethics, Legal, and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and is a Fellow of the Center for National Preparedness at the University of Pittsburgh, PA.

His ongoing research focuses upon the use of advanced neurotechnologies to explore the neurobiology of pain and other neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders; the neuroscience of moral decision-making, and the neuroethical issues arising from the use of neuroscience and neurotechnology in research, clinical medicine, public life, international relations and policy, and national security and defense (for additional information, see: www.neurobioethics.org)

The author of over 200 peer-reviewed papers, and 7 books in neuroscience and neuroethics, Dr. Giordano is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine; Associate Editor for the journal Neuroethics; and Executive Editor-in-Chief of the book series Advances in Neurotechnology: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (published by CRC Press).

In recognition of his ongoing work, he has been awarded Germany's 2012 Klaus Reichert Prize in Medicine and Philosophy (with colleague and longtime collaborator, Prof. Dr. Roland Benedikter of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA), has been named National Distinguished Lecturer of Sigma Xi, the National Research Honor Society; Distinguished Lecturer of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), was elected to the European Academy of Science and Arts in 2008, and was named a Presidential Point of Light for his contribution to science and society by (former) President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

He and his wife, Sherry, an editor, artist and naturalist, divide their time between Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, USA, and Munich and Coburg, Germany.


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  • Grad. Certificate (2006) Loyola University, Bioethics and Health Policy
  • Post-doc (1986-1988) Johns Hopkins University, Neurotoxicology/Neuropathology
  • Ph.D. (1986) City University of NY, Biopsychology
  • M.S. (1986) City University of NY, Biopsychology/Neuropharmacology
  • M.Phil. (1985) City University of NY, Philosophy of Psychology
  • M.A. (1982) Norwich University, Physiological Psychology
  • B.Sci. (1981) St. Peter's College, Physiological Psychology


  • German (speak, read, write)
  • Italian (speak, read)