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John Pippin, MD, FACC Biography

Cardiologist and Director of Academic Affairs for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Con to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"

“It is a tremendous relief to hear that Johns Hopkins University will finally begin using up-to-date, human-relevant methods to teach human medicine. This change will align Johns Hopkins’ medical education program with 99 percent of the country’s programs…

[T]he use of animal labs is unmistakably contrary to the intention to provide an excellent medical education. Modern medical simulators provide a superior way to learn surgical skills that are specific to human anatomy and physiology.

To prepare future physicians for the work they will perform throughout their careers, medical training must be human-focused, not animal-focused, because there are many substantial differences across species.”

“Statement from the Physicians Committee on Johns Hopkins University Eliminating the Use of Animals in Medical Training,”, May 18, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Academic Affairs, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 2005-present
  • Cardiologist, private practice
  • Fellow, American College of Cardiology (FACC)
  • Former Founding Director, Cardiovascular Medicine and Medical Imaging, Cooper Clinic
  • Former American Heart Association Clinician Scientist Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the Medical College of Virginia, 1986-1991
  • Former Chief Resident and Clinical Cardiovascular Fellow, New England Deaconess Hospital (now Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital)
  • MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Chosen Cardiology Professor of the Year three times at the Medical College of Virginia
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?