Barbara E. Bierer M.D.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Barbara E. Bierer, M.D., a hematologist-oncologist, is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, faculty at the Center for Bioethics at HMS, and Affiliate Faculty of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Dr. Bierer co-founded and now leads, as faculty director, the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of BWH and Harvard, a University-wide and collaborative effort to improve standards for the ethics, conduct, and regulatory environment of international clinical trials. She is the Program Director of the Regulatory Foundations, Law and Ethics Program of the Harvard Catalyst, the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Award, working across the academic spectrum to enable clinical trials from study planning through recruitment to data acquisition and dissemination. Barbara is the Director of Regulatory Policy for SMART IRB, a national effort to align single-site IRB review of multi-site trials. From 2003-2014, she served as Senior Vice President, Research, at the BWH and initiated the Brigham Research Institute and the Innovation Hub (iHub), a focus for entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, she established and directed the Center for Faculty Development and Diversity at the BWH.
In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dr. Bierer serves as served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Edward P Evans Foundation, a foundation supporting biomedical research. She serves or served on the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), dedicated to promoting the ethical conduct of biomedical and behavioral research; Management Sciences for Health (MSH), an international organization working in partnership globally to strengthen health care, local capability, and access; Vivli, a global clinical research data sharing platform; North Star Review Board, a non-profit, independent research review board; and CliniThink, an AI platform transforming data analytics. Previously, she served as the Chair of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services , and as a member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and the Law. She has authored or co-authored over 240 publications and is on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Ethics and Human Research.
Dr. Bierer received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.