John J. Pippin, MD, FACC, is director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nationwide organization of physicians, scientists, educators, and laypersons that promotes preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, and addresses controversies in modern medicine, including ethical and scientific issues in education and research. Dr. Pippin works to replace the use of animals in medical and drug research, medical education, and the training of physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. He has testified before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Institute of Medicine on how misleading animal experiment results contributed to the approval of Vioxx and other dangerous drugs. Dr. Pippin directs the Physicians Committee's campaigns to replace medical school animal laboratories, to end the use of animals for trauma and specialty training, to replace animals for medical research and drug development, and many other projects. He contributes research and articles for Good Medicine and serves as a media spokesperson for the Physicians Committee's efforts. After receiving his MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Pippin completed his medical residency, chief residency, and clinical cardiovascular fellowship at New England Deaconess Hospital (now Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital) in Boston. He was awarded a five-year Clinician Scientist Award from the American Heart Association in 1986, and carried out studies in nuclear cardiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Pippin is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and nuclear cardiology. He has been on several medical school faculties including Harvard Medical School and the Medical College of Virginia, where he was chosen Cardiology Professor of the Year three times. He has held many clinical, research, and administrative leadership positions, and was the founding director of cardiovascular medicine and medical imaging at Cooper Clinic in Dallas before joining the Physicians Committee in 2005.


“[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.”
Cardiologist and Director of Academic Affairs for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
18 May 2016
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