Programs

Adult Ethics Committee 

The Ethics Committee at Yale-New Haven Hospital provides consultation on individual cases where ethical issues have been raised. This comittee is chaired by Mark Siegel, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary), and Rev. Susan L. Asher, MDiv, Director, Religious Ministries, Yale-New Haven Hospital. Patients and families are offered guidance regarding the right to receive or refuse treatment; patient rights and responsibilities; advance directives; families’ wishes; and privacy concerns. To request a consultation with the Ethics Committee, contact the Department of Religious Ministries at 203.688.2151.

Yale Pediatrics Ethics Program

The Yale Pediatric Ethics Program is led by Mark Mercurio, MD, MA and offers academic and clinical services to faculty and staff at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. The program educates clinicians, staff, residents and medical students on issues related to pediatric ethics, and provide consultation services to patients, families and staff.

Yale Pediatric Ethics Consultation Service
The Yale Pediatrics Ethics Consultation Service of Yale-New Haven’s Children’s Hospital provides consultation about ethical issues regarding clinical practice related to pediatrics. This group, chaired by Mark Mercurio, MD, MA, consists of physicians, nurses, clergy, medical ethicists, community members and others, with considerable experience consulting in such matters. The committee does not have the authority to determine patient care, and serves in an advisory capacity only, but it can help parents and patients with ethical concerns about medical treatment and patient care issues. Ethics consultations can be requested by the patient, family, friend, clinical staff and research staff at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Contact the Pediatric Ethics Committee at 203.688.2320 or through the Department of Religious Ministries at 203.688.2151. 

Student Ethics Series
The Student Ethics Series offers medical, nursing and physician assistant students at Yale University School of Medicine the opportunity to participate in an ethics series presented by leading Yale faculty.

Bioethics Interest Group
The studet-run Bioethics Interest Group offers a monthly forum for medical, nursing and physician assistant students at Yale University School of Medicine to explore issues related to ethics in the training, practice, governance, history and philosophy of medicine. The group offers educational seminars, advocates for the medical ethics in the greater Yale community and facilitates medical students’ participation in the ethical life of the medical center and university at large. 

Bioethics Journal Club
Bioethics Journal Club is a monthly journal club that is open to Yale faculty. The purpose of the journal club is to promote education and an understanding of bioethics and to offer an avenue for dialogue on bioethics and human rights.

Community Bioethics Forum
The Community Bioethics Forum was founded in fall 2012. The mission of the Forum is to: provide a valuable educational resource to members of the greater New Haven community with an interest in healthcare ethics; strengthen ties between Yale University School of Medicine and the Greater New Haven community; and better understand the perspectives, needs and values of the Greater New Haven community. The Forum will be comprised of 10-20 specially selected members of the public who live in the greater New Haven area. Topics will focus on critical, and often misunderstood, medical issues in the New Haven region.