Susan S. Fish, Pharm D, MPH

Professor, Biostatistics

Susan Fish
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


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



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


    • 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 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 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. PMID: 15498614.

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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. PMID: 15039686.

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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. PMID: 12605209.

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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. PMID: 11927455.

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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. PMID: 11698923.

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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. PMID: 11054201.

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