Susan S. Fish, Pharm D, MPH

Professor, Biostatistics
Susan Fish
Crosstown Center – CT330
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Susan S. Fish, PharmD, MPH is Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is the former Director of the MA in Clinical Investigation at the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Fish has been a medical researcher for more than 25 years. In a variety of forums, Dr. Fish lectures on the design, conduct, and management of clinical trials, as well as research ethics and protection of human research subjects. She teaches courses through the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine, and is frequently an invited speaker nationally. Although she has a long history of research in the areas of clinical toxicology and emergency medicine, Dr. Fish has more recently focused on research ethics in general, and application of the federal regulations for waiver of informed consent in certain emergency research circumstances. Her sabbatical project was consistent with this focus, working as Project Director for PRIM & R’s Accreditation Project to develop a national accreditation system for human research protection programs.

Other Positions:

  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Professor, Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health


  • University of Minnesota, PharmD
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston, BS
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, BS
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS722
  • SPHBS722
  • SPHBS901


  • Published on 6/1/2008

    Silverstein M, Banks M, Fish S, Bauchner H. Variability in institutional approaches to ethics review of community-based research conducted in collaboration with unaffiliated organizations. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2008 Jun; 3(2):69-76.

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  • Published on 11/1/2005

    Baren JM, Fish SS. Resuscitation research involving vulnerable populations: are additional protections needed for emergency exception from informed consent? Acad Emerg Med. 2005 Nov; 12(11):1071-7.

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  • Published on 11/1/2005

    Ernst AA, Fish S. Exception from informed consent: viewpoint of institutional review boards--balancing risks to subjects, community consultation, and future directions. Acad Emerg Med. 2005 Nov; 12(11):1050-5.

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  • Published on 11/1/2004

    Anderson PD, Mitchell PM, Rathlev NK, Fish SS, Feldman JA. Potential diversion rates associated with prehospital acute myocardial infarction triage strategies. J Emerg Med. 2004 Nov; 27(4):345-53.

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  • Published on 4/1/2004

    Fish SS. Informed consent: time for a national dialogue? Ann Emerg Med. 2004 Apr; 43(4):449-51.

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  • Published on 3/1/2003

    Rollinson DC, Rathlev NK, Moss M, Killiany R, Sassower KC, Auerbach S, Fish SS. The effects of consecutive night shifts on neuropsychological performance of interns in the emergency department: a pilot study. Ann Emerg Med. 2003 Mar; 41(3):400-6.

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  • Published on 4/1/2002

    Feldman JA, Risbano M, Mitchell PM, Metha SD, Fish SS. Evaluating acceptance and understanding of risk in the emergency department: are all risk statements created equally? Acad Emerg Med. 2002 Apr; 9(4):309-16.

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  • Published on 10/1/2001

    Prout MN, Fish SS. Participation of women in clinical trials of drug therapies: a context for the controversies. Medscape Womens Health. 2001 Oct; 6(5):1.

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  • Published on 11/1/2000

    Feldman JA, Fish SS, Beshansky JR, Griffith JL, Woolard RH, Selker HP. Acute cardiac ischemia in patients with cocaine-associated complaints: results of a multicenter trial. Ann Emerg Med. 2000 Nov; 36(5):469-76.

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  • Published on 8/1/2000

    Rathlev NK, Ulrich A, Fish SS, D'Onofrio G. Clinical characteristics as predictors of recurrent alcohol-related seizures. Acad Emerg Med. 2000 Aug; 7(8):886-91.

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