Harvard Medical School Bioethics Capstone Event

Graduating students from the master of bioethics program presented their scholarly work during the 2018 Capstone Symposium on May 3.

Johns Hopkins surgeons performed the most complex penis transplant ever in late March on a soldier who lost his genitals during a bomb blast in Afghanistan.


Clearly distinguishing between the living and the dead is an essential function in any society, necessary for determining when people may be buried, when their wills may be executed, when efforts to keep them alive may be terminated, and when they may donate their organs, among other issues.

Effy Vayena

To address the ethical challenges in big data health research we propose the concept of systemic oversight.

Laura Specker Sullivan in India


Advance care planning (ACP) may seem straightforward to some. However, for many people this is a challenging topic to discuss and a complex landscape to navigate.

If a physician has a substance use or mental health problem, it is in everyone’s interest — the physicians themselves, their patients and their families — for them to get treatment.

The bar for clinical trials involving children, by design, is set higher than it is for adults. Before a drug can be given to children in a Phase 1 trial, it must have already been tested in adults and shown some signals about its safety and clinical promise.

Sixth Annual MGH Public and Community Psychiatry Symposium
Wednesday, March 28
2:30pm - 5:00pm
Massachusetts General Hospital O’Keeffe Auditorium

Helena Hansen, MD, PhD