Cheryl Macpherson, PhD

Calum N.L. Macpherson PhD, DIC

Professor and Head, Bioethics Division, Department of Clinical Skills, WINDREF Senior Research Fellow
Email: ccox@sgu.edu
Website: http://www.sgu.edu
Phone: (473) 444-1470 ext 3011 or 3499
Fax: (473) 439-4388



Areas of Interest

Research ethics, Public health ethics, Environmental health ethics, Bioethics education, Caribbean bioethics, End-of life and undertreated pain


Member, Editorial Board, Developing World Bioethics

Member, International Association of Bioethics

Member, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities

President (2012-2014), Bioethics Society of the English-speaking Caribbean (BSEC) and Past President (2014-2016)

Vice Chair and Ethicist, SGU Institutional Review Board (SGU IRB)

Member, SGU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (SGU IACUC)

Chapter Advisor and Member, SGU Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)

Brief Bio

Cheryl Cox Macpherson is Professor and Chair of the Bioethics Department in the School of Medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada (SGU). As Course Director for a required medical school course on bioethics and professionalism she teaches a large, diverse, international body of medical students twice annually. She is also a Professor in the School of Graduate Studies and Course Director for Research Ethics, a course required for students in the combined MD/MSc degree program. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine where she lectures and supervises public health student research, and in the School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been Chair of SGU’s White Coat Ceremony Organizing Committee since 1995, and Chapter Advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society since 2006.

In 2010 she was elected President of the Bioethics Society of the English-speaking Caribbean (BSEC), re-elected in 2012, and will serve as Immediate Past President until 2016. She is a founding member of SGU’s IRB – the first in the Caribbean to adhere to international guidelines – and has served as its Vice Chair since 2006. She has been an invited speaker by, and partnered with, Grenada’s Ministry of Health, the Grenada Medical Association, and the Clinical Teaching Unit at Grenada General Hospital, on projects involving bioethics, professionalism, and undertreated pain.

Dr Macpherson joined the editorial board of the journal Developing World Bioethics in 2001 and co-edited a special symposium with Ruth Macklin in 2010 on “Standards and Practices in a Diverse World”. She has reviewed for The Wellcome Trust, Oxford University Press, and often reviews for bioethics and medical journals including the AAMC’s MedEdPortal. She has many peer reviewed publications.

Selected Publications

Jennings N, Chambaere K, Macpherson CC, Deliens L, Cohen J. Main themes, barriers, and solutions to palliative and end-of-life care in the English-speaking Caribbean: a scoping review. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2018;42:e15. https://doi.org/10.26633/RPSP.2018.15

Macpherson CC. (2018) Bringing Values, Relationships, Environments, and Climate Change to Policy Deliberations, The American Journal of Bioethics, 18:3, 63-65, DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2017.1420835 2018. Invited.

Macpherson CC, Wynia M. Speaking up: are health professionals obligated to advocate for actions to reduce the health risks of climate change. AMA Journal of Ethics 19: 1202-1210. 2017 (http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2017/12/pdf/msoc1-1712.pdf ). Invited.

Hill J, Macpherson CC. Are Physicians Obliged To Lead Environmental Sustainability Efforts in Health Care Organizations? Case Discussion. AMA Journal of Ethics 19: 1164-1173. 2017. (http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2017/12/pdf/ecas2-1712.pdf ). Invited.

Macpherson CC. Individual and Collective Responsiveness to Climate Change: A Response to Dwyer. BioethiqueOnline 2016. 5/1. http://bioethiqueonline.ca/5/1. Invited.

Macpherson CC, Akpinar-Elci M. Caribbean heat threatens health, well-being, and the future of humanity. Public Health Ethics. 2015. Vol: 1-13. doi:10.1093/phe/phv008. http://phe.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/04/12/phe.phv008.full.pdf?keytype=ref&ijkey=AJAjnhWWQu0Ebm0

Philpott-Jones, Sean, Eugenijus Gefenas, Cheryl Cox Macpherson, Martin A. Strosberg, and Robert T. Hall. Fogarty and Charge of Moral Imperialism: A Response to Hellmann et al. Archives of medical research 2016. doi:10.1016/j.arcmed.2016.01.005 Letter.

Selected Projects

Co-PI, The Caribbean Research and Ethics Education initiative (CREEi). NIH-Fogarty International Center, Training Grant #R25 TW007085, $1.1 million, 2014-2018. CREEi builds research ethics capacity in English-speaking and Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. Designed in consultation with Caribbean experts in medicine, public and environmental health, and research ethics, the English-speaking curriculum targets trainees who are already accomplished professionals within their disciplines and institutions. From these positions, and with their existing influence, CREEi alumni are helping to further build regional research ethics capacity through policy, curriculum, IRB leadership and service, and other means.