Sheila Rothman

Sheila Rothman

Sheila Rothman

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


630 West 168th Street Suite 1525 Presbyterian Hospital Building
New York NY USA 10032

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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.



PhD, 1989, Columbia University
MSW, 1963, Simmons College
BS, 1960, Simmons College

Columbia Affiliations

Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Society and Medicine
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 & Awards

RWJ Health Policy Investigator Award 2004

Areas of Expertise

Genetics, Healthcare Policy, Minority Health, History of Public Health, Human Rights, Social / Cultural Issues, Stigma

Select Global Activities

Center on Medical Profesisonalism Peking Union Health Sciences Center:

Select 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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