Program for Biomedical Ethics

The Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine serves as a nexus for a community of individuals from throughout the medical campus and beyond who share a common interest in education, research, and clinical practice in the field of medical ethics. Our affiliated faculty and staff is drawn from the Yale School of Medicine and joined by members of the Schools of Nursing, Law, Divinity, Epidemiology and Public Health, as well as Yale-New Haven Hospital staff, colleagues from the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, The Hastings Center and others. The Program for Biomedical Ethics incorporates a diverse group that brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the table. Many are known nationally and internationally in the field of bioethics.

According to Dr. Mercurio, “The Program for Biomedical Ethics brings to Yale School of Medicine the opportunity to revitalize and expand our teaching of ethics to medical students and others throughout the medical center community and beyond.”

Mark Mercurio, MD, MA , is the Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics. The Associate Directors of the Program for Biomedical Ethics are Lydia Dugdale, MD and John Schley Hughes, MD .

Events & Programs

The Program for Biomedical Ethics develops and presents various ethics-related educational programs throughout the academic year for medical, nursing and physician assistant students, the community, Yale faculty as well as local, regional and national health care professionals.

Biomedical Ethics Panel

Past Events Image Gallery

December 5, 2014

Alan R. Fleischman presents his talk: Ethical Concern in Neonatal Comparative Effectiveness Research - The Controversy Surrounding the SUPPORT Trial

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December 5, 2014


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December 5, 2014

Mark Mercurio, director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine, leads the panel discussion.

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December 5, 2014

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December 5, 2014

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December 5, 2014

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From Left: George Hardart, Mark Mercurio, Alan Fleischman, Arthur Caplan, Pradeep Mally and Stephen Latham.

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Transplant Surgery & Marijuana Use Medical Ethics Symposium, April 30, 2013

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Transplant Surgery & Marijuana Use Medical Ethics Symposium, April 30, 2013

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April 17, 2013

Catherine DeAngelis, MD MPH presented “Patient Care and Medical Professionalism.” Sponsored by the Yale Pediatric Ethics Program.

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May 24, 2012

The Program for Biomedical Ethics sponsored the Medical Ethics Symposium, "Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure."

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Medical Ethics Symposium

"Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure." (L to R) Speakers: Paul Mueller, MD, Mayo Clinic; James Kirkpatrick, MD, University of Pennsylvania; Abeel Mangi, MD, Yale School of Medicine; Mark Mercurio, MD, Yale School of Medicine ; and Hochang Ben Lee, MD, Yale School of Medicine.

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May 24, 2012

The Program for Biomedical Ethics sponsored the Medical Ethics Symposium: "Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure" on May 24.

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May 24, 2012

Mark Mercurio, MD, Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, moderates the Medical Ethics Symposium, "Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure."

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May 24, 2012

The Program for Biomedical Ethics sponsored the Medical Ethics Symposium: "Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure" on May 24.

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May 24, 2012

The Program for Biomedical Ethics sponsored the Medical Ethics Symposium: "Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure" on May 24, 2012. 

Speakers included: Paul Mueller, MD, Mayo Clinic; James Kirkpatrick, MD, University of Pennsylvania; Abeel Mangi, MD, Yale School of Medicine; Mark Mercurio, MD, Yale School of Medicine; and Hochang Ben Lee, MD, Yale School of Medicine.

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Conference on Medical Ethics Education - May 16–17, 2011

Speakers (L to R): Joseph J. Fins, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College; David H. Smith, PhD, Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; Tia Powell, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center; Mark Mercurio, MD, Yale Program for Biomedical Ethics; Sheila Otto, BSN, MA, Albany Medical College; Edward M. Hundert, MD, Harvard Medical School; Clarence Braddock III, MD, MPH, Stanford School of Medicine; Gail Geller, ScD, MHS, Professor, Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine; James L. Bernat, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; and Janet Hafler EdD, Yale University School of Medicine.

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May 24, 2012

James Kirkpatrick, MD, (second from right) University of Pennsylvania, chats with attendees of the Medical Ethics Symposium.

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May 16 - 17, 2011

Conference on Medical Ethics Education

This conference was sponsored by the Program for Biomedical Ethics in partnership with the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy.

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 April 7, 2015

Mark Mercurio (left) with Robert Truog (right) following his talk on April 7, 2015 for the Program for Biomedical Ethics.

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November 7, 2014

Mark Mercurio, director, Yale Program for Biomedical Ethics with Ezekiel Emanuel, University of Pennsylvania, prior to his 11/7/14 talk on Megatrends: Health Care Reform and the Future of American Medicine

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Elyn Saks Talk

THE PROGRAM FOR BIOMEDICAL ETHICS STAFF ON OCTOBER 27, 2017: “The center cannot hold: ethical dimensions pf my journey thorugh madness”

From left: Jack John S. Hughes, MD, Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Associate Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine ; Associate Professor Term; Associate Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics; Co-Director, Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion ; Elyn R. Saks, JD, PhD , Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicines; Director, Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics; and Mark R. Mercurio, MD, MA Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics; Director, Yale Pediatrics Ethics Program, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital

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 Elyn Saks Talk

Attendees at the seminar listen to Elyn Saks, JD, PhD

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 Elyn Saks Talk

A seminar attendee poses a question and shares professional insight.

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 Elyn Saks Talk

A seminar attendee listens to Elyn Saks, JD, PhD in Cohen Auditorium on October 27, 2017.

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A attendee at the Program for Biomedical Ethics talk with Elyn Saks, JD, PhD participates during the Q&A session.

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 Elyn Saks Talk

Dr. Eli Neustadter, former student leader of the Bioethics Interest Group, poses a question to Elyn Saks, JD, PhD.

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 Elyn Saks Talk

Dr. Joseph Fickes offers a comment during the Q&A session.

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 Elyn Saks Talk

A seminar attendee greets Elyn Saks, JD, PhD following her talk on October 27, 2017.

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A seminar attendee listens to Elyn Saks, JD, PhD in Cohen Auditorium on October 27, 2017.

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Welcome from the Director

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Since 2011, the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine has served as a nexus for a community of individuals from throughout the medical campus and beyond who share a common interest in education, research, and clinical practice in the field of medical ethics. I welcome you on behalf of myself and our associate directors, Dr. Lydia Dugdale and Dr. Jack Hughes, and our program manager Karen P. Kolb.

Our affiliated faculty and staff is drawn from the Yale School of Medicine as well as members of the Schools of Nursing, Law, Divinity, Epidemiology and Public Health and Yale-New Haven Hospital staff, colleagues from the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, The Hastings Center and others. The Program for Biomedical Ethics incorporates a diverse group that brings a wide range of experience and expertise to the table. Many of those on our affiliated faculty and staff are known nationally and internationally in the field of bioethics.

Our program coordinates the ethics education of Yale medical students over the course of the four years, including assistance for those who choose to write their thesis in this area. In addition, educational programs are provided for other members of the Yale medical community, such as journal clubs, working groups and special conferences.

We have a wonderful slate of local and invited speakers for our monthly evening seminar series. The 2017-2018 academic year will feature talks by Arthur Caplan from NYU, Haider Warraich from Duke, Elyn Saks from USC, Angela Anderson from Brown, Jeff Matsler from Walter Reed, our own Jack Hughes, and many others.

You are very welcome to join us for one, several, or all our evening seminars. The schedule is posted and updated on our website biomedicalethics@yale.edu, and we’d be pleased to add you to our mailing list if you contact our program manager, Karen P. Kolb, APR at karen.kolb@yale.edu.

I welcome hearing from you with any inquiries or suggestions regarding biomedical ethics scholarship here at Yale School of Medicine. We invite you to join us for a seminar, research collaboration, or much more, as a fellow student, teacher, scholar or any combination of these.