James J Giordano


SOM Medical Educator Track -- Professor


Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology
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Dr. James Giordano is Chief Scientist in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research at Georgetown University, and Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. As well, he is Co-director of the O'Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Sciences and Global Health Law and Policy, a conjoint project of the O'Neill Institute of the Georgetown University School of Law and Georgetown University Medical Center.
He is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Technology and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany. Dr. Giordano serves as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal, and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and is a Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group of the Joint Staff of the Pentagon.

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 230 peer-reviewed papers, and 7 books, and 9 governmental reports in neuroscience and neuroethics, Dr. Giordano is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine; Associate Editor of the Clinical Neuroethics and Neuroethics Now sections of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics; 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.


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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)