Susan Fish

Susan S Fish, Pharm D, MPH

Professor, Medical Sciences & Education - Boston University School of Public Health


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 Chobanian and Avedisian 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

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


  • University of Minnesota, PharmD Field of Study: Pharmacy
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, BS Field of Study: Pharmacy
  • University of Massachusetts Boston, BS Field of Study: Chemistry

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS722


  • Published on 5/2/2021

    Pandey S, Fish SS, Roy HK. Increasing colorectal cancer in the young population and tailoring of the colorectal cancer screening recommendations in subpopulation: a retrospective single-center study. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2021 Jul; 36(7):1515-1524. PMID: 33934174.

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  • Published on 7/18/2016

    Rudolph AE, Bazzi, AR, Fish SS. Presented at 21st International AIDS Conference, Durban, South Africa. Participant perspectives on ethical considerations for the collection of geographic information in HIV and substance use research. 2016.

  • Published on 5/17/2016

    Rudolph AE, Bazzi AR, Fish S. Ethical considerations and potential threats to validity for three methods commonly used to collect geographic information in studies among people who use drugs. Addict Behav. 2016 10; 61:84-90. PMID: 27249807.

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  • 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. PMID: 19385746.

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  • Published on 1/1/2008

    Fish SS. Wiley Encyclopedia of Clinical Trials (D’Agostino RB, Sullivan L, Massaro J, eds.). Institutional and Independent Review Boards. Wiley. Hoboken. 2008.

  • Published on 1/1/2006

    Fish SS. Institutional Review Board: Management and Function (Amdur R, Bankert E, eds.). Accreditation of an IRB. Jones and Barlett Publishers. Sudbury. 2006; 319-321.

  • Published on 12/21/2005

    Fish SS. Clinical Research Times. HIPAA in research: Reviewed, revised, revisited. 2005.

  • 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. PMID: 16264073.

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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. PMID: 16264077.

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  • Published on 5/31/2005

    Fish SS. Clinical Research Times. Are you engaged in research?. 2005.