Barbara Bierer, M.D.

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Barbara E. Bierer, M.D., a hematologist-oncologist, is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Dr. Bierer co-founded and now leads the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of BWH and Harvard (MRCT Center,, a collaborative effort to improve standards for the planning and conduct of international clinical trials with a particular focus in emerging economies. In this capacity, she works with regulators around the world, major pharmaceutical companies, biotech, clinical research organizations, academia and patients/patient advocates to harmonize policies for and approaches to clinical trial regulation.  In 2017, the MRCT Center launched the non-profit organization Vivli (, a global clinical research data sharing platform. In addition, she is the Director of the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and the Law program at the Harvard Catalyst, the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Award, working across the academic spectrum to enable the clinical trial enterprise from study planning through recruitment to data acquisition and dissemination. She is the Director of Regulatory Policy for SMART IRB (, a national effort to align single site IRB review of multi-site trials. From 2003 – 2014, Dr. Bierer served as Senior Vice-President, Research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). During her tenure, Dr. Bierer founded and served as Executive Sponsor of the Brigham Research Institute and the Brigham Innovation Hub (iHub), a focus for entrepreneurship and innovation in healthcare.  She has authored over 210 publications.

 In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dr. Bierer served as Chair of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections, HHS and as a member of the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology and the Law.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R),  Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and Vivli, and she chairs the Board of Trustees of the Edward P. Evans Foundation,

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