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Dr. Bonkovsky taught at Harvard, the University Center, Georgia, and then NIH having earned degrees at Muskingum U Ohio (Math, Chemistry, Biology) and Yale and Harvard.
As director of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) bioethics department, he helped formulate policy on research involving DNA, genetics, etc., as well as establishing and appointing ethicists as voting members on each of the NIH Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). He himself served on the NCI, NIDDK, Aging, and Drug Research IRBs. Bonkovsky presented NIH Clinical Center Grand Rounds and inaugurated regular rounding and ethics consults with teams led by NIH senior physician-scientists. He helped establish and teach the NIH graduate science education program and was a senior Fellow at Georgetown U.
In Vienna, Austria, Dr. Bonkovsky taught at universities and assisted with IRB protocol review and the establishment of national IRB/ethics committees. Named a “university teacher of the year” he held Senior Fulbright professorships in Germany and lectured widely in Europe, in Latin America, in the US and as speaker at international medical and scientific meetings. For the US Department of Energy he was a national research evaluator and an international lecturer for the US Department of State. Bonkovsky has also led community seminars and lectures especially in Atlanta, Georgia, and San Diego.