Mark R. Mercurio MD, MA

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology); Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine; Chair, Yale -New Haven Children's Hospital Ethics Committee; Director, Yale Pediatrics Ethics Program

Biographical Info

Dr. Mercurio is Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and the Yale Pediatric Ethics Program, Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, and an attending neonatologist at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He directs education in medical ethics for the School of Medicine, and also for pediatrics residents and fellows. Additionally, he participates in ethics education for attending physicians, nurses, medical students, and physician associate students. He is Chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee, and Associate Director of the Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics on the main campus. He has more than 20 years of experience as a clinical neonatologist actively involved in the training of fellows and residents in the Newborn ICU, as well as 20 years of experience in clinical ethics consultation.
Dr. Mercurio received his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Princeton University, and his M.D. from Columbia University. He completed Pediatrics Residency and Neonatology Fellowship at Yale University, and received a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Brown University.
Invited lectures and publications have involved analyses of ethical issues in adult and pediatric medicine, primarily focused on pediatrics. Recent work has appeared in Pediatrics, the Hastings Center Report, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and the Journal of Perinatology. He currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics.

Education & Training

Princeton University (1978)
Columbia University (1982)
Brown University (2004)
Yale-New Haven Hospital, Pediatrics
Yale University School of Medicine, Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine
Board Certification
Pediatrics, Board Certified  (1987)

Honors & Recognition

  • The Leah M. Lowenstein Award for excellence in the promotion of humane and egalitarian medical education.
  • Best Doctors in America 2009-2010
    Best Doctors (2009)
  • Didactic Teaching Award for excellence in formal lectures
    Connecticut Children's Medical Center (2008)
  • Named one of Connecticut’s Best Physicians by Connecticut Magazine
  • Research Award, New England Perinatal Society, for best presentation of research at the annual meeting
  • Chief Resident’s Book Award, Yale-New Haven Hospital for teamwork
  • Michael H. Aranow Memorial Prize to the medical graduate best exemplifying the caring and humane qualities of the practicing physician
    Columbia University (1982)

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