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.


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 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 offer a diverse slate of educational events for the 2014-2015 academic year for medical, public health, nursing and physician assistant students, Yale faculty, hospital personnel and others. Guest speakers this year will include Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Tia Powell from Montefiore Medical Center, Professor Hilde Lindemann from Michigan State University, Dr. Roger Worthington from the UK, Dr. Robert Truog from Harvard University, Dr. John Lantos from Children's Mercy Hospital, and many others. 


Additionally, our faculty Bioethics Journal Club, led by Drs. Lydia Dugdale and Tom Duffy continues on a monthly basis, as does our Community Bioethics Forum (CBF) led by Ms. Lori Bruce. The CBF serves as an educational interface between the Yale School of Medicine and members of the community for the discussion of issues related to medical and research ethics. A Bioethics Interest Group (BIG) for medical, public health, physician assistants and nursing students also meets monthly throughout the academic year. Most of our sessions are open to all interested parties, and specifics about all of them can be found on this website.


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, MA, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics
464 Congress Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519
Email: mark.mercurio@yale.edu