Cheryl Macpherson, PhD

Cheryl Macpherson, PhD
Professor and Chair, Bioethics Dept
Phone: (473) 444-1470 ext 3011 or 3499
Fax: (473) 439-4388


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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 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.

Areas of Interest
Bioethical perspectives on climate change and the natural environment socioeconomic, Cultural influences associated with undertreated pain, Public health ethics, Research ethics, Medical and bioethics education, Caribbean bioethics, Global bioethics
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, SGU IRB, Chapter Advisor and Member, SGU Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)
Selected Publications

Macpherson CC, Chiochinkatmun N, & Akpinar-Elci M. Hospice and palliation in the English-speaking Caribbean: Attention to context. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 23 (3): 341-348. 2014.

Shah, PD, Macpherson CC, Akpinar ME. Impacts of Undertreated Sickle Cell Pain in the Caribbean. West Indian Medical Journal (WIMJ) Open 2014; 1 (2): 63DOI: 10.7727/wimjopen.2014.145.

Macpherson CC. Climate change is a bioethics problem. Bioethics 27(6): 305-308. 2013. Published Online 30 May 2013. doi:10.1111/bioe.12029. Available at

Macpherson CC. Climate change matters. J Medical Ethics 40; 288-290. Published Online First: 11 May 2013. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2012-101084. Available at

Macpherson C. Environmental Health Ethics. DB Resnik. 2012. Cambridge University Press: NY. Bioethics 2014. First published online: 12 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/bioe.12026.

Macpherson C, Akpinar-Elci M. Impacts of Climate Change on Caribbean Life. AJPH. November 2012. 103(1):e6. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.301095

Selected Projects

Co-Principle Investigator for an NIH Fogarty funded project: the Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative (CREEi) based at SGU and WINDREF. Initiated in 2014, this project provides training in research ethics to Caribbean researchers, ethics committee members, physicians, and others. The training leads to a Certificate, and for those who progress further, culminates in a Diploma. Union Graduate College in New York provides graduate credit for all course work conducted through the program.

Editor for a book examining bioethics responsibilities to better understand and address ethical concerns regarding climate change. The book is due to be published in late 2015 by Springer Press.