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.

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.