As neuroimaging and other technologies advance, will traditionally-excluded tests of veracity (or lack thereof) find a place in American courtrooms?

Barbara Bierer

The Center for Bioethics' Executive Director, Christine Mitchell, along with current Fellow in Medical Ethics Paul McLean and former Fellow Carol Powers will host a Tweet Chat on April 20th at 8:30PM EDT on “Patients Without Surrogates."

Klitzman Ethics Police

Robert Klitzman will discuss his new book, "The Ethics Police? The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe," at the Center for Bioethics on April 1st from 4:30-6pm. 


March 18, 2015
This multidisciplinary program was developed to inform and deliberate with ethicists, health care providers, attorneys and the public about changes in conceptions of the family and medical technologies and practices that challenge moral conventions and contemporary law. 


FRONTLINE documentary featuring Atul Gawande explores the relationships between doctors and patients nearing the end of life, and shows how many doctors struggle to talk honestly and openly with their patients who are dying. 

Paul McLean

The Seattle Times
Paul McLean puts the Super Bowl in perspective with this poignent letter to the Seahawks

Lachlan Forrow, MD
Dr. Lachlan Forrow writes about how Brittany Maynard’s medically assisted death in Oregon highlights the tragic failures of our health care system which does not support the kind of care and comfort at home that most people want at the end of their lives.

Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD

The HMS Center for Bioethics is pleased to announce that effective September 1, 2014, Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, M.D., J.D. will be joining the Center to lead the development of a new Master’s Program in Bioethics.

deans corner

Every day, caregivers and researchers in the Harvard Medical School community and beyond must deal with rapidly evolving ethical questions that arise in the ever-shifting terrain of biomedicine. With this in mind, HMS has transformed the Division of Medical Ethics into an independent center at HMS, the Center for Bioethics.