Robert Levine

Bob Levine
Senior Scholar in Research Ethics


Robert J. Levine, at Yale University, is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Lecturer in Pharmacology, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics (of which he was Founding Co-director). He is a member of the Community Research and Implementation Core of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, and was Director of its former Law, Policy and Ethics Core. He is a Fellow of The Hastings Center, the American College of Physicians and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, past-President of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (two terms), past-Chairman of the Connecticut Humanities Council and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research). In the past he was also Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Yale-New Haven Medical Center (1969 - 2000), Chief of the Section of Clinical Pharmacology at Yale, Chair of the Section on Medico-Legal Matters and R&D Administration of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Associate Editor of Biochemical Pharmacology and Editor of Clinical Research. Dr. Levine is the founding editor of  IRB: A Review of Human Subjects Research (Editor 1979 – 2000 and currently Chair of the Editorial Board) and has served as consultant to several federal and international agencies involved in the development of policy for the protection of human subjects*. He is the author of numerous publications including the book, Ethics and Regulation of Clinical Research (2 editions). In the last 35 years, most of Dr. Levine’s research, teaching and publications have been in the field of medical ethics with particular concentration on the ethics of research involving human subjects.

Dr. Levine has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement  Medal from the Office for Human Research Protection, US Department of Health and Human Services, in 2004 for his role in the development of the Belmont Report; the Lifetime Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection from the Health Improvement Institute in 2004, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research Ethics from PRIM&R [Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research] in 2005, the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award from The George Washington University in 2008 and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators’  Special Recognition Award in 2009.

*Examples of national and international activities:

  • Council of  International Organizations of Medical Sciences, Steering Committee for Revision of  International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research, Chairperson.
  • US Department of Health and Human Services: National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee; Member
  • Data and Safety Monitoring Boards, National Institute of Mental Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Eye Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Consultant on the development of Ethical Guidelines for the NIDA AIDS Research Program
  • Pan American Health Organization: International Bioethics Advisory Board
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  CDC: Ethics Committee

Curriculum Vitae