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 of the Program for Biomedical Ethics are Lydia Dugdale, MD and John Schley Hughes, MD .

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.

Welcome from the Director

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The Program for Biomedical Ethics (PBE) serves as a center for clinical and scholarly work and discourse in the field of medical ethics here at Yale, with many activities available to you. Some of our activities include: 

Our monthly Bioethics Journal Club is resuming in September, led by Dr. Tom Duffy, and by our other outstanding PBE Associate Director, Dr. Lydia Dugdale. This group is open to medical school faculty, fellows, and residents. 

The Community Bioethics Forum, led by Lori Bruce, is a monthly meeting of community members interested in medical ethics, and they have an exciting year planned. If you are interested in obtaining input from representatives of the greater New Haven Community (with no formal ties to the university or hospital), with regard to a research or clinical initiative, this group can serve as an excellent resource.