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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



Dr. Mercurio is Professor of Pediatrics and the Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine. Until recently he also served as Chief of the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is actively involved in the ethics education of Yale medical students, attending physicians, fellows, residents, nurses, and physician associate students. He has more than 35 years of experience as a clinical neonatologist, including the training of fellows and residents in the Newborn ICU, and over 35 years of experience in clinical ethics consultation in adult and pediatric medicine. Dr. Mercurio has been an invited lecturer nationally and internationally, focusing on analyses of ethical issues in adult and pediatric medicine, primarily pediatrics. He has for many years served as medical faculty for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). Published work has appeared in Pediatrics, The Hastings Center Report, Seminars in Perinatology, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, The Journal of Perinatology, American Journal of Bioethics, and others. He is a former Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics Executive Committee, has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics, is co-editor of the six-volume textbook Bioethics, and is co-editor of the textbook Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics.

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.

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

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
The Leah M. Lowenstein Award for excellence in the promotion of humane and egalitarian medical education.2012
Best Doctors in America 2009-2010Best Doctors2009
Didactic Teaching Award for excellence in formal lecturesConnecticut Children's Medical Center2008
Named one of Connecticut’s Best Physicians by Connecticut Magazine2002
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

Departments & Organizations