Mark Yarborough, M.A., Ph.D.

Mark Yarborough, M.A., Ph.D.




  • Dean's Professor of Bioethics


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General Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Bioethics Program


Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN 1984

M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN 1980

B.A., Berry College, Mt. Berry GA 1977

Select Recent Publications

Yarborough M. Scientists must be open to keep the public's trust. Nature, 2014; 515:313.

Yarborough M. When there are only two who can tango: ethical concerns at the juncture of highly novel interventions and precisely targeted research populations, Open Peer Commentary, The American Journal of Bioethics, 2015; 15(4): 1–2.

Yarborough M. Taking steps to increase the trustworthiness of scientific research, The FASEB Journal. 2014; 28:3841-3846. 

Yarborough M, Tempkin T, Nolta J, Joyce N, The Complex Ethics of First in Human Stem Cell Clinical Trials, AJOB Neuroscience, 2012; 3(2):14-16.

Callahan, E.J., Hazarian, S., Yarborough, M., Sanchez, J.P.. Eliminating LGBTIQQ health disparities: The associated roles of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and institutional culture. LGBT Bioethics: Visibility, Disparities, and Dialogue, special report, Hastings Center Report 44, no. 5 (2014).

Jetter KM, Yarborough M, Cassady DL, Styne DM. Building Research Capacity with Members of Underserved American Indian/Alaskan Native Communities: Training in Research Ethics and the Protection of Human Subjects, Health Promotion Practice, 2014; DOI: 10.1177/1524839914548450.

Yarborough M, Increasing enrollment in drug trials: the need for greater transparency about the social value of research in recruitment efforts. Mayo Clin Proc, 2013;88(5):442-445.

Yarborough M, Hunter, L. Teaching research ethics better: Focus on excellent science, not bad scientists. Clinical and Translational Science, 2013; DOI:0.1111/cts.12035.

Sorensen PL, Gane LW, Yarborough M, Hagerman RJ, Tassone F, Newborn Screening and Cascade Testing for FMR1 Mutations. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 2013;161A(1), 59-69.

Yarborough M, Fryer-Edwards K, Espinoza P, Geller G, Sarwal, A, Sharp RR, Spicer P. Relationships hold the key to trustworthy and productive translational science: Recommendations for expanding community engagement in biomedical research. Clinical and Translational Science, 2013, 6(4):310-313.

Recent Videos


Need for Greater Transparency in Enrollment in Drug Trials