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.

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 are Lydia Dugdale, MD and John Schley Hughes, MD .

Past Events Image Gallery

Do Religion and Spirituality Have Roles in Medicine Today talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, April 2, 2019

Do Religion and Spirituality Have Roles in Medicine Today talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, April 2, 2019

Do Religion and Spirituality Have Roles in Medicine Today talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, April 2, 2019

Do Religion and Spirituality Have Roles in Medicine Today talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, April 2, 2019

Do Religion and Spirituality Have Roles in Medicine Today talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, April 2, 2019

Do Religion and Spirituality Have Roles in Medicine Today talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, April 2, 2019

Do Religion and Spirituality Have Roles in Medicine Today talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, April 2, 2019

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Do Religion and Spirituality Have Roles in Medicine Today talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, April 2, 2019

Do Religion and Spirituality Have Roles in Medicine Today talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, April 2, 2019

Do Religion and Spirituality Have Roles in Medicine Today talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, April 2, 2019

Panel for the Program for Biomedical Ethics talk on June 7, 2017: “History, Ethics and Current Issues Related to Involuntary Sterilization of the Disabled”

From left: Andre Sofair, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology; Mark Siegel, MD Professor of Medicine; Co-Chair, Ethics Committee, Yale-New Haven Hospital; Program Director, Internal Medicine Traditional Residency Program; Katherine L. Kraschel, JD, Executive Director, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy; Mark R. Mercurio, MD, MA Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics; Director, Yale Pediatrics Ethics Program, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital; Adam Hittelman, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Urology and Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing; Associate Residency Director

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Mark R. Mercurio, MD addresses the attendees at the “History, Ethics and Current Issues Related to Involuntary Sterilization of the Disabled” seminar

Mark R. Mercurio, MD, MA Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics; Director, Yale Pediatrics Ethics Program, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, addresses the attendees at the “History, Ethics and Current Issues Related to Involuntary Sterilization of the Disabled” seminar.

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Adam Hittelman, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology and Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing; Associate Residency Director, addresses the audience.

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Andre Sofair, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology, speaks to the audience

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Katherine L. Kraschel, JD, Executive Director, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, was a panelist for the “History, Ethics and Current Issues Related to Involuntary Sterilization of the Disabled” seminar

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Panel members discuss at the Biomedical Ethics Presentation

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(Left to Right) Dr. Adam Hittelman and Mark Siegel, MD Professor of Medicine; Co-Chair, Ethics Committee, Yale-New Haven Hospital; Program Director, during the Q&A session at the seminar

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Attendees of the seminar included Dr. Aron Rose (Left)

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December 5, 2014

Alan R. Fleischman presents his talk: Ethical Concern in Neonatal Comparative Effectiveness Research - The Controversy Surrounding the SUPPORT Trial

December 5, 2014


December 5, 2014

Mark Mercurio, director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine, leads the panel discussion.

December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014

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From Left: George Hardart, Mark Mercurio, Alan Fleischman, Arthur Caplan, Pradeep Mally and Stephen Latham.

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

THE PROGRAM FOR BIOMEDICAL ETHICS STAFF ON OCTOBER 27, 2017: “The center cannot hold: ethical dimensions pf my journey thorugh madness”

From left: Jack John S. Hughes, MD, Professor of Medicine (General Medicine); Associate Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine ; Associate Professor Term; Associate Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics; Co-Director, Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion ; Elyn R. Saks, JD, PhD , Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicines; Director, Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics; and Mark R. Mercurio, MD, MA Professor of Pediatrics; Chief, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics; Director, Yale Pediatrics Ethics Program, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

Attendees at the seminar listen to Elyn Saks, JD, PhD

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

A seminar attendee poses a question and shares professional insight.

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

A seminar attendee listens to Elyn Saks, JD, PhD in Cohen Auditorium on October 27, 2017.

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

A attendee at the Program for Biomedical Ethics talk with Elyn Saks, JD, PhD participates during the Q&A session.

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

Dr. Eli Neustadter, former student leader of the Bioethics Interest Group, poses a question to Elyn Saks, JD, PhD.

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

Dr. Joseph Fickes offers a comment during the Q&A session.

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

A seminar attendee greets Elyn Saks, JD, PhD following her talk on October 27, 2017.

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

The Center Can't Hold: Ethical Dimensions of My Journey Through Madness, October 25, 2017

A seminar attendee listens to Elyn Saks, JD, PhD in Cohen Auditorium on October 27, 2017.

Transplant Surgery & Marijuana Use Medical Ethics Symposium, April 30, 2013

Transplant Surgery & Marijuana Use Medical Ethics Symposium, April 30, 2013

April 17, 2013

Catherine DeAngelis, MD MPH presented “Patient Care and Medical Professionalism.” Sponsored by the Yale Pediatric Ethics Program.

May 24, 2012

The Program for Biomedical Ethics sponsored the Medical Ethics Symposium, "Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure."

Medical Ethics Symposium

"Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure." (L to R) Speakers: Paul Mueller, MD, Mayo Clinic; James Kirkpatrick, MD, University of Pennsylvania; Abeel Mangi, MD, Yale School of Medicine; Mark Mercurio, MD, Yale School of Medicine ; and Hochang Ben Lee, MD, Yale School of Medicine.

May 24, 2012

The Program for Biomedical Ethics sponsored the Medical Ethics Symposium: "Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure" on May 24.

May 24, 2012

Mark Mercurio, MD, Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, moderates the Medical Ethics Symposium, "Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure."

May 24, 2012

The Program for Biomedical Ethics sponsored the Medical Ethics Symposium: "Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure" on May 24.

May 24, 2012

The Program for Biomedical Ethics sponsored the Medical Ethics Symposium: "Ethical Issues in Mechanical Circulatory Support for Advanced Heart Failure" on May 24, 2012. 

Speakers included: Paul Mueller, MD, Mayo Clinic; James Kirkpatrick, MD, University of Pennsylvania; Abeel Mangi, MD, Yale School of Medicine; Mark Mercurio, MD, Yale School of Medicine; and Hochang Ben Lee, MD, Yale School of Medicine.

Conference on Medical Ethics Education - May 16–17, 2011

Speakers (L to R): Joseph J. Fins, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College; David H. Smith, PhD, Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; Tia Powell, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center; Mark Mercurio, MD, Yale Program for Biomedical Ethics; Sheila Otto, BSN, MA, Albany Medical College; Edward M. Hundert, MD, Harvard Medical School; Clarence Braddock III, MD, MPH, Stanford School of Medicine; Gail Geller, ScD, MHS, Professor, Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine; James L. Bernat, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; and Janet Hafler EdD, Yale University School of Medicine.

May 24, 2012

James Kirkpatrick, MD, (second from right) University of Pennsylvania, chats with attendees of the Medical Ethics Symposium.

May 16 - 17, 2011

Conference on Medical Ethics Education

This conference was sponsored by the Program for Biomedical Ethics in partnership with the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy.

 April 7, 2015

Mark Mercurio (left) with Robert Truog (right) following his talk on April 7, 2015 for the Program for Biomedical Ethics.

November 7, 2014

Mark Mercurio, director, Yale Program for Biomedical Ethics with Ezekiel Emanuel, University of Pennsylvania, prior to his 11/7/14 talk on Megatrends: Health Care Reform and the Future of American Medicine