SGU Research Investigators

Cheryl Cox Macpherson, PhD

Cheryl Cox Macpherson, PhD

Professor, Chair, Course Director

Department of Bioethics

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St. George’s University
School of Medicine
PO Box 7
St. George’s, Grenada

West Indies

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Bioethical perspectives regarding climate change; socioeconomic and cultural influences associated with undertreated pain; public health ethics; research ethics; medical and bioethics education; bioethics in the Caribbean context; and international aspects of bioethics.


Editorial Board for Developing World Bioethics, Gold Humanism Honor Society (Member and SGU Chapter Advisor), Bioethics Society of the English-speaking Caribbean (President 2010-2012), SGU IRB Vice Chair 2006-present.

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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 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. Dr Macpherson is routinely invited to teach in other departments and schools on topics including public health ethics, business ethics, veterinary ethics, social science and medicine, and ethical concerns in genetics. Bioethical considerations about climate change are incorporated into the content of many of her lectures.

In 2010 Dr Macpherson was elected President of the Bioethics Society of the English-speaking Caribbean (BSEC) after serving as Vice President since 2006 and editing BSEC’s newsletter from 2007 through 2010. 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 and collaborator at Grenada’s Ministry of Health and the Grenada Medical Association on projects involving bioethics, professionalism, undertreated pain, and end of life care. She has also been invited to speak in Taiwan, Sweden, and the USA.

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 several journals. She has 40 publications primarily in peer reviewed bioethics journals.

Dr Macpherson has been SGU’s Chair of the White Coat Ceremony Organizing Committee since 1995 and the Chapter Advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society since 2006.

Veatch RM and Macpherson CC. Medical school oath-taking: The moral controversy. J Clinical Ethics. 21 (4): 335-345. 2010.

Macpherson CC. The Egg Hunt. (Letter) Hastings Center Report. 40: 4. 2010.

Macpherson CC. A bioethical perspective on Oklahomas new abortion law. (Invited). Womens Bioethics Project. May 6, 2010. .

Macpherson CC. An ethical imperative to use reprocessed medical equipment. (Letter) Academic Medicine 85:1397. 2010.

Macpherson CC and Veatch RM. Medical student attitudes about bioethics. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 19(4): 488-496. 2010.

Macpherson, CC. Climate change threatens health and autonomy

Macpherson, CC., Akpinar-Elci, M., Bioethical perceptions about the health impacts of climate change in the Caribbean

Macpherson, CC., Akpinar-Elci, M., Chiochinkatmu, N., Palliation and end of life care in the Caribbean

Macpherson, CC., Akpinar-Elci, M., Shah, P., Undertreatment of pain associated with sickle cell disease in the Caribbean

Macpherson, CC., Akpinar-Elci, M.,  “Regional Comparisons of Hospital-Based Palliative Care Resources in the Caribbean”: SGU Small Research Grant May – December 2010