Stephen R. Latham, JD, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies

Departments & Organizations

Health Policy & Systems

Law & Bioethics


Stephen R. Latham, JD, PhD is Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. A graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and UC Berkeley’s doctoral program in Jurisprudence, Latham is a former healthcare business and regulatory attorney, and served as Director of Ethics Standards at the AMA before entering academia full-time. Latham has been a graduate fellow of Harvard’s Safra Center on Ethics; a Research Fellow of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities; and a vice-chair of the ABA Health Law Section’s Interest Group on Medical Research, Biotechnology and Clinical Ethics. He has served on Connecticut public-health committees on stem-cell research, pandemic preparedness, and biobanking, and is currently a member of the Medical Review Board of the state’s Department of Children and Families. At Yale, he chairs the Human Subjects Committee and serves on the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee and the Pediatric Ethics Committee of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is a former board member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, from which he received a Distinguished Service Award in 2010. Latham is widely published in bioethics and health law, and currently serves as contributing editor of the Hastings Center Report, and Associate Editor for the 4th Edition of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics.

Education & Training

PhD University of California at Berkeley, Jurisprudence and Social Policy (1996)
JD Harvard Law School (1985)
AB Harvard College, Social Studies (1982)

Honors & Recognition

  • Distinguished Service AwardAmerican Society for Bioethics and Humanities (2010)

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Stephen R. Latham, JD, PhD
Mailing Address
Interdisciplinary Center for BioethicsYale University
PO Box 208293

New Haven , CT 06520-8293

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