Faculty Director

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Barbara Bierer, MD, is the Faculty Director of the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRCT Center); Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston; and a hematologist/oncologist. She is also the Director of the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics and Law Program of the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center and the Director of Regulatory Policy, SMART IRB. She is Faculty in the Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, and Affiliate Faculty in the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Previously she served as Senior Vice President, Research, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital for 11 years, and was the institutional official for human and animal research, for biosafety, and for research integrity. She initiated the Brigham Research Institute and the Innovation Hub (iHub), a focus for entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, she was the Founding Director of the Center for Faculty Development and Diversity at the BWH.

In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dr. Bierer served or serves as Chair of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services (2008-2012); as a member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and the Law (2007-2016); on the Boards of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) (2011-2020), Management Sciences for Health (MSH) (2013-2022), Vivli (2017-), Clinithink (2015-), and North Star Review Board (2020-). She chairs the Board of Trustees of the Edward P. Evans Foundation, a foundation supporting biomedical research. She has authored or co-authored over 260 publications.

Dr. Bierer received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.