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Jeff S Farroni, PHD, JD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Care, Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Assistant Professor, Institute for Translational Science, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX

Bio Statement

Jeffrey S. Farroni, PhD, JD, joined the faculty of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in September 2012 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Care and as a Clinical Ethicist in the Section of Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care. Dr. Farroni received a Doctoral degree in Medical Science from Texas A&M University. His research focused on the subunit composition and pharmacology of strychnine-sensitive glycine receptors in the adult rate amydgala. Dr. Farroni has worked both in academics and the private sector including a role as a Senior Clinical Scientist for a company that manufactures an implantable neurobernetic prosthesis used to treat refractory epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression. He finished a clinical ethics internship at MD Anderson and prior to returning, completed a fellowship in Translational Research Ethics at UTMB Galveston. He also has a law degree from the University of Houston. Dr. Farroni has a faculty appointment in the Institute for Translational Sciences and is an Associate Member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at UTMB Galveston.

His role at MD Anderson involves serving as a clinical ethicist for the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service, providing ethics education and training, contributing to interdisciplinary rounds. His interests include humanistic approaches to clinical and research ethics, interdisciplinary collaboration, health law & policy and personalized medicine & targeted therapeutics.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2010 University of Houston, Houston, TX, JD, Law
2002 Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, PHD, Medical Sciences
1997 Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX, BS, Magna cum laude, Marine Biology

Postgraduate Training

10/2011-9/2012 Translational Research Scholar, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
10/2010-9/2012 Translational Research Ethic Fellowship, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, Michele A. Carter, PhD
1/2010-5/2010 Clinical Internship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Mike S. Ewer
5/2002-5/2003 Post-doctoral Training, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, Patricia Shinnick-Gallagher, PhD


Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Associate Member, University of Texas Medical Branch Institute for Medical Humanities, Galveston, TX, 9/2012-present
Committee Member, University of Texas Medical Branch Institutional Ethics Committee, Galveston, TX, 2011-2012
Committee Member, University of Texas Medical Branch Scientific Review Committee, Galveston, TX, 2011-2012

Institutional Committee Activities

Sub-Committee Member, Formulary Management Escalation Team Sub-Committee, 11/2013-present
Advisor, Clinical Ethics Consultation Committee, 2012-present

Honors and Awards

2012 International Humanities Conference Scholar Award, New Directions in Humanities

Professional Memberships

American Society for Bioethics & Humanities
Member, 2010
Association for Clinical & Translational Science
Member, 2010
Society for Neuroscience
Member, 1999

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Farroni, JS, Zwelling, L, Cortez, J, Kantarjian, H. Saving medicare through creative, patient-centered policy changes: The example of guidelines on injectables. New England Journal of Medicine 368(17):1572-1773, 4/2013.
2. Farroni JS, Carter MA. Translational Ethics: A Novel Framework for Research Ethics. The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies 10(3):73-84, 2013.
3. Farroni JS, McCool BA. Extrinsic factors regulate partial agonist efficacy of strychnine-sensitive glycine receptors. BMC Pharmacol 4:16, 8/9/2004. e-Pub 8/9/2004. PMCID: PMC514606.
4. McCool BA, Farroni JS. Subunit composition of strychnine-sensitive glycine receptors expressed by adult rat basolateral amygdala neurons. Eur J Neurosci 14(7):1082-90, 10/2001. PMCID: PMC2922065.
5. McCool BA, Farroni JS. A1 adenosine receptors inhibit multiple voltage-gated Ca2+ channel subtypes in acutely isolated rat basolateral amygdala neurons. Br J Pharmacol 132(4):879-88, 2/2001. PMCID: PMC1572624.
6. Farroni, JS. Commentary on the needle and the damage done. Academic Medicine. Submitted.


1. Farroni, JS. Voter ID laws might deter minority voters. The Daily News, 4/2012.
Other Articles
1. Farroni, J.S. Emerging training programs: A fellowship in translational ethics. Clinical Research Perspective 5(1), 2012.


1. Farroni, JS, Moore, JA, & Gallagher CM. An Ethical Framework for Disclosing Individual Genetic Findings to a Patient or Research Participant's Relatives. Translational Science 2014 Annual Meeting, 2/2014.
2. Farroni JS, Moore JA, & Gallagher CM. Enriching Ethics Education Through Technology. International Association for Education in Ethics, 2/2014.
3. Carter, MA & Farroni, JS. Reimaging Research Ethics: Imperatives for Translational Science. Translational Science 2014 Annual Meeting, 2/2014.
4. Moore, JA, Farroni, JS, & Gallagher, CM. Advocating for the Adolescent’s Voice in Advance Care Planning. International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation, 12/2013.
5. Halm, Farroni, Manzano, Hiremath, & Gadiraju. Cancer Outcomes Augmented through Safe Transitions (COAST). International Forum on Quality and Safety in Health Care, 12/2013.
6. Farroni, JS, Klugman, CM. Innovation in translational research ethics education, 2013.
7. Farroni, JS, Carter, MA. Reflections on translational research subtitle: Preserving the humanity of team science, 2013.
8. Farroni, JS, Kotarba, JK, Carter, MA. Team science culture: Our experience in a multidisciplinary team, 2013.
9. Carter, MA, Farroni, JS. Representation and embodiment in the investigator-subject relationship, 2012.
10. Farroni, JS, McKinney, EB, Carter, MA. Research ethics consultation service in the Institute for Translational Sciences: Outcomes for one year, 2012.
11. Bhavnani, SK, Farroni, JS, Crowder, J, McKinney, B, Pillai, R, Calhoun, WJ, Rose, RM, Carter, MA. The role of method intuition in translational ethics, 2012.
12. Crowder, J, Farroni, JS, Bhavnani, SK, McKinney, B, Carter, MA. The utility of method intuition in translational ethics, 2012.
13. Carter, MA, Farroni, JS. Translational ethics: An emerging moral framework in clinical research practice, 2012.
14. Farroni, JS, Cater, MA. Translational ethics: An engaged humanities approach, 2012.
15. Farroni, JS, Carter, MA. Defining and improving research ethics consultation service outcomes in a translational sciences environment, 2011.
16. Farroni, JS, McCool, BA. Alterations in the pharmacology of adult rat glycine receptor isoforms in diverse heterologous expression systems, 2001.
17. Farroni, JS, McCool, BA. Subunit composition of strychnine-sensitive glycine receptors in adult rat basolateral amygdala neurons, 2000.
18. McCool, BA, Farroni, JS, Botting, SK. Cellular and molecular characterization of strychnine-sensitive glycine receptors in adult rat basolateral amygdala neurons, 1999.
19. McCool, BA, Farroni, JS, Botting, SK. Neuropharmacology of transmitter systems in the rat amygdala, 1998.

Book Chapters

1. Gallagher, C.M., Moore, J.A. & Farroni, J.S. Cancer ethics in the emergency room. In: Oncologic Emergencies. Springer, 2013.

Last updated: 2/21/2014