James  Giordano Author of Evaluating Organization Development

James Giordano

Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program, Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics
Georgetown University Medical Center

Dr. James Giordano is a neuroscientist and neuroethicist, whose work focuses upon mechanisms and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders, and neuroethical issues arising from the use and misuse of neuroscientific techniques and technologies.


A native of New York City, Dr James Giordano is a Professor on the faculties of the Department of Neurology, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, and Graduate Liberal Studies Program of Georgetown University, where he serves as Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program in the Edmund Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics. As well, he is William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Neuroethics in the Program in Educational Neuroscience at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

A former JW Fulbright scholar, Dr. Giordano is Clark Faculty Fellow of Neurosciences and Neuroethics at the Human Science Center of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich Germany, and is an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

In recognition of his ongoing work, he was named National Distinguished Lecturer of Sigma Xi, the National Research Honor Society and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics' Engineers (IEEE); and was awarded Germany's Klaus Reichert Prize in Medicine and Philosophy (with longtime colleague Dr Roland Benedikter of University of California Santa Barbara).

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    1. Development, implementation, application and ethical analyses of novel neurotechnologies.
    Particular emphasis is placed upon utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods to study neuro- and biotechnologic systems that may be linked to specific physiologic and psychological processes to evoke potential therapeutic benefits, and reduction(s) of health risk in specific populations, and examination of ethical, legal and social issues that arise from these studies and applications.

    2. Medical Philosophy and Bioethics.
    Of interest are the philosophical bases of the disease-illness continuum of chronic pain, the neurophilosophy of suffering and the phenomenal ‘self’ as contextual to neuroscience, pain medicine and psychiatry, and the development of ethical frameworks in neuropsychiatric research and practice.

    3. Basic and clinical parameters of neural responses to pain.
    These studies are examining central and peripheral neural mechanisms operative in reaction to pain and stress. These investigations are aimed at understanding the interactive role of the systems affecting diverse responses (e.g.- sensation, perception, states of consciousness) in order to develop enhanced techniques and technologies for use in research and interdisciplinary clinical interventions.

Personal Interests

    Aviation (commercial and airshow pilot; ASMEL, and aviation instructor); 4-time Aviation World-record holder;
    Judo (Nidan, Kodokan/USJF);
    Competitive power lifting;
    Jazz and blues piano;
    Vintage automotive and aircraft restoration



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