Personal Biography of Dr. Jerry Menikoff
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Jerry A. Menikoff, M.D., J.D, is Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), part of the Office of Public Health and Science, in the Office of the Secretary, 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 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 has 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. He is currently on leave from the position of 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.
He 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).