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Mark Mercurio, MD, MA

Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology); Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine; Director, Yale Pediatrics Ethics Program

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Mark Mercurio, MD, MA

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Mark Mercurio is Professor of Pediatrics, Founding Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Yale Pediatric Ethics Program at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. He was, for many years, Chief of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Yale, having stepped down from that role in 2022. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Princeton University, an M.D. from Columbia University, and completed Pediatrics Residency and Neonatology Fellowship at Yale. After fellowship, he served for many years as an attending neonatologist at Yale and Founding Director of the Newborn ICU at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT, and earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Brown University, before returning to Yale full time. Dr. Mercurio has for many years been active in neonatology and medical ethics education for residents, fellows, nurses, attending physicians, PA students, medical students, and others. He has been a member of the medical faculty for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) since 2010, is a former Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics, and an original co-editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Curriculum in Bioethics. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and member of the American Pediatric Society. Dr. Mercurio is widely published, and has been an invited speaker on medical ethics in over a dozen countries and most US states. In 2023, he received the William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He and his wife Anna live in Branford, Connecticut, and have three grown children.

Education & Training

  • MA
    Brown University (2004)
  • MD
    Columbia University (1982)
  • BA
    Princeton University, Biochemical Sciences (1978)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine


  • Board Certification
    AB of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (1989, recertified: 2011)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (1987)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical ExcellenceAmerican Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics2023
Gerald Merentsein Lecturer for 2020American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine2020
The Leah M. Lowenstein Award for excellence in the promotion of humane and egalitarian medical education.Yale School of Medicine2012
Didactic Teaching Award for excellence in formal lecturesConnecticut Children's Medical Center2008
Research Award, New England Perinatal Society, for best presentation of research at the annual meeting1987
Chief Resident’s Book Award, Yale-New Haven Hospital for teamwork1985
Michael H. Aranow Memorial Prize to the medical graduate best exemplifying the caring and humane qualities of the practicing physicianColumbia University1982

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