Welcome from the Director

Mark Mercurio, MD, MA, Director, 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. I welcome you on behalf of myself and our associate directors, Dr. Lydia Dugdale and Dr. Jack Hughes, and our program administrator 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. 

For our monthly evening seminar series, we have a wonderful slate of local and invited speakers. During the past 2015-2016 academic year some of our speakers included Dr. Millie Solomon from the Hastings Center, Dr. Douglas Opel from Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dr. Barron Lerner from NYU, Dr. Daniel Sulmasy from the University of Chicago, and Thorsten Wagner from the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.

You are very welcome to join us for one, several, or all of our evening seminars. The schedule is posted and updated on this website, 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.


Join us!

Mark R. Mercurio, MD, MA 

Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
430 Congress Avenue, New Haven, CT 06520 
Email: mark.mercurio@yale.edu