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Sheila M. Rothman

Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (in the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine)

Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Society and Medicine

Dr. Sheila Rothman's research focuses on the links between technologies and individual and group identity. One area of particular interest is the impact of genetic knowledge of group identity. She is principal investigator on "A Paradox of Genetic Research: Race, Ethnicity and Disease (NIH 2003-2006). Dr. Rothman recently received a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator Award to study the policy implications of the growing reliance on live organ donors. Her most recent book co-authored with David Rothman is The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement (2003). Using historical and contemporary sources it examines the development, promotion, and use of a range of hormonal therapies as well as the promise and current development of genetic technologies.
Education & Training:

    PhD, 1989, Columbia University

    MSW, 1963, Simmons College

    BS, 1960, Simmons College


University Affiliations:

  • Center on Medicine as a Profession  

Additional Affiliations:

  • ABIM Taskforce on Stewardship of Resources 2010-
  • Member Bellagio Task Force on securing bodily integrity for the socially disadvantaged
  • Member New York Academy of Medicine
  • Advisory Board US-Sino Center on Medical Professionalism, Peking Union Health Sciences Center
Honors and Awards:
  • RWJ Health Policy Investigator Award 2004
    Center on Medical Profesisonalism Peking Union Health Sciences Center

Selected Publications:
  • Sheila M. Rothman, David J. Rothman The Hidden Costs of Organ Sale American Journal of Transplantation 2006
  • Brandt-Rauf,S, Raveis V, Drummond N, Rothman S The Genetics of Ethnic Identity: Mapping the Research Path to Ashkenazi Jews and BRCA1 American Journal of Public Health 2006
  • David J. Rothman, Sheila M. Rothman Trust is Not Enough: Bringing Human Rights to Medicine New York Review of Books Press USA 2006
  • Sheila M. Rothman, David J Rothman The Pursuit of Perfection Pantheon Press USA 2004

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