Services for Patients & Families

Adult Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee at Yale-New Haven Hospital provides consultation on individual cases where ethical issues have been raised, free of any cultural or social biases and religious affiliations. 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 Pediatric Ethics Consultation Service

The Yale Pediatrics Ethics Consultation Service of Yale-New Haven’s Children’s Hospitalprovides consultation about ethical issues regarding clinical practice related to pediatrics. This group, chaired by Mark Mercurio, MD, consists of physicians, nurses, clergy, medical ethicists, community members and others, with experience consulting in such matters. The committee does not have the authority to determine patient care, and serves in an advisory capacity only, but can help patients and families with ethical concerns about medical treatment and patient care issues. Ethics consultations can be requested by the patient, family, friend, clinical staff or research staff at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Contact the Pediatric Ethics Committee at 203.688.2320 or through the hospital page operator at 203.688.3111.

Yale Pediatrics Ethics Committee

  • Ryan Blum, Psychiatry Resident
  • Laurie Cardona, PsyD, Chief Psychologist; Co-Director, Yale Child Study Center Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Service
  • Tom Carpenter, MD, Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
  • Uma Deshmukh, Medical Student
  • Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center
  • MaryLou Gaeta, MD, Pediatric Critical Care, Bridgeport Hospital
  • Becky Gangemi, Community Representative
  • Ellen Good, MSEd, CCLS, Manager, Child Life Department, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital
  • Claire Hardin
  • David Hersh, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Elaine Holman, RN, Assistant Patient Services Manager at Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Katherine Holmes, APRN, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Jeff Jennings, MD, PhD, Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics
  • Gary Kopf, MD, Professor of Surgery (Section of Cardiac Surgery)
  • Stephen Latham, JD, PhD, Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University
  • Kathleen S. Lundgren MDiv, Community Representative
  • Megan McCabe, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)
  • Mark Mercurio, MD, MA, Professor of Pediatrics
  • The Rev. Kristin K. Miles, MDiv, Chaplain, Pediatrics and Obstetrics, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Peter Murray, Clinical Fellow, Pediatrics (Neonatology)
  • Connie Nicolosi, LCSW, Pediatrics Clinical Instructor
  • Kristen Rake, MD, MTS, Resident, Internal Medical Education
  • Jeannine Rockefeller, RN, Nurse, Pediatrics
  • Elaine Romano, APRN, Nurse, Pediatrics; Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing
  • Bryan Siegel, Pediatrics Resident
  • Stuart Warner, JD, Attorney, Hospital Administration
  • Claudia Wies, Nursing Student

Community Bioethics Forum

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, and chaired by Lori Bruce.  Topics will focus on critical, and often misunderstood, medical issues in the New Haven region.