Lawrence J. Prograis

Lawrence J. Prograis, Jr. M.D.
Adjunct Professor – Appointment Pending
Department of Allergy and Immunology/Internal Medicine
Georgetown University Medical Center

Dr. Lawrence J. Prograis, Jr.

Dr. Lawrence J. Prograis, Jr. presently serves as an Affiliated Scholar in the Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center. In the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center his research interests include, research ethics (specifically, the clinical investigator-patient/subject relationship), ethics consultations, and the role of culture in ethics.

From 1989 to 1991, he was the Chief of the Asthma and Allergy Branch within DAIT, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIAID, National Institutes of Health, NIH. In 1991, he became the Deputy Director of DAIT. He served in this position until 2002.  From 2002-2016, Dr. Prograis served as Senior Scientist for Special Programs and Bioethics in DAIT. He was responsible for developing and participating in inter/intra Institute activities concerning administrative and scientific matters associated with the Division’s immunology research training programs, Small Business Innovation Research, and Bioethical issues.

Dr. Prograis has received numerous awards, including the NIH Merit Award, the Public Health Service Special Recognition Award, and the Georgetown University Clemens von Pirquet Award in Allergy and Immunology. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He has published in the fields of allergy, immunology and ethics. His most recent publication is as co-editor with Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics, a book entitled “African American Bioethics: Culture, Race, and Identity.”


  • Fellowship, (1999-2002) Georgetown University, Center for Clinical Bioethics, Bioethics
  • Fellowship, (1998-1999), National Institutes of Health, Department of Clinical Bioethics, Seminar in Bioethics
  • Fellowship, (1991) Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Senior Managers in Government Program
  • Post-doc (1981-1983) National Institutes of Health, Complement Immunology
  • Post-doc (1979-1981) Scripps Clinic, Molecular Immunology
  • Fellowship (1978-1981) Scripps Clinic, Allergy and Immunology
  • Residency (1978) Meharry Medical College, Internal Medicine
  • M.M.S. (1975) Meharry Medical College, Immunology
  • M.D. (1975) Meharry Medical College
  • B.S. (1970) Xavier University, Pre Med-Chemistry/Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Research ethics (specifically the clinical investigator-patient/subject relationship),
  • Ethics consultations
  • The role of Culture in ethics.


  • Prograis, L.J., Jr.: The Use of Ethical Principles in the Care and Experimentation on Radiation Accident Patients. In: The Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness: The Clinical Care of Victims, Proceedings of the Fourth International REAC/TS Conference, 2001 Edited by Robert C. Ricks, Mary Ellen Berger and Frederick M. O’Hara, Jr.
  • Prograis, L.J., Jr.: An African American Internal Perspective on Biomedical Ethics. In: African-American Bioethics: Culture, Race and Identity, Georgetown University Press, 2007
  • African-American Bioethics: Culture, Race and Identity, Georgetown University Press, 2007, Edited by Lawrence Prograis, Jr. and Edmund D. Pellegrino
  • Prograis, L.J., Jr.: Tuskegee Bioethics Center 10th Anniversary Presentation: “Commemorating 10 Years: Ethical Perspectives on Origin and Destiny, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 21 (2010): 21–25.