2023 Harvard Surgical Ethics Conference

4 Virtual Sessions: September 5, 12, 19 and 26

The Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics’ Surgical Ethics Working Group (SEWG) will offer a Virtual Surgical Ethics Conference over four weeks in September. Each week will feature a different topic that explores timely and controversial questions in surgery today. Topics are relevant to practicing surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, nurses, nursing students, advanced practice providers, bioethicists, graduate students, and other health care professionals. Participants will learn how to accurately distinguish and discuss the ethical challenges associated with these surgical issues. Registrants who attend all four sessions live will receive a certificate of completion in the days following the conference.

Save the Dates

More information will be shared in the coming weeks. All four sessions will be hosted live on Zoom from 7-8:30 p.m. ET. The webinar link and call-in details will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

  • September 5, 2023: Ethical Considerations in Pig-to-Human Xenotransplants
  • September 12, 2023: Challenges to the Patient-Surgeon Relationship
  • September 19, 2023: Ethical Implications of New Biomedical Technologies in Neuroscience
  • September 26, 2023: How Non-medical Factors Affect Surgical Decision-making and Patient Care

Featured Speakers

  • Leisha C. Elmore, MD
  • Jay Fishman, MD
  • Douglas W. Hanto, MD, PhD, MBE
  • Lucy Jefferson, MD
  • Louise P. King, MD, JD
  • Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, PhD, JD
  • Jonathan Marron, MD, MPH
  • John E. Mayer Jr., MD
  • Christine Mitchell, RN, MS, MTS, HEC-C
  • Lisa Moses, VMD
  • Dane Paneitz, MD
  • Sabrina Sanchez, MD, MPH
  • Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD
  • Theresa Williamson, MD
  • and more!

Interested in last year's conference? Visit our 2022 HSEC webpage to learn more about the topics and speakers, or watch the video recordings on our YouTube playlist.