Bioethics Center Staff

Stephen R. Latham, JD, PhD
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Senior Research Scientist, Political Science
Adjunct Professor in Management; Lecturer in Law
Contact: stephen.latham@yale.edu
203-432-7349

Stephen R. Latham, JD, PhD, is Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. Before entering academia full-time, Latham served as secretary to the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. He is faculty chair of Yale’s Human Subjects Committee (its social/behavioral IRB), and serves also on the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee. Latham has been a graduate fellow of Harvard’s Safra Center on Ethics, a Research Fellow of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and a board member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, from which he received a Distinguished Service Award. His publications on bioethics and health law have appeared in numerous university-press books, law reviews and journals, including JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the American Journal of Bioethics, and the Hastings Center Report , which he serves as a Contributing Editor.

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Lori Bruce, MA

Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Director, Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics

Director, Community Bioethics Forum, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine

Contact: Lori.Bruce@Yale.edu 

Lori is Director of the the Center’s Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics, having been an Assistant Director since 2011.  Before coming to Yale, Lori ran a social neurosciences laboratory at Harvard University, conducting research on the neural mechanisms relating those who are prodromal to psychotic disorders. Lori has served on bioethics committees at Harvard (including the Cambridge Health Alliance and the innovative Community Ethics Committee) and has authored improved policy on a wide range of issues, including pediatric organ donation after cardiac death, palliative sedation, and doctor/patient social media communications.  Lori has consulted for a member of President Obama’s Commission on Bioethics, has presented research regarding the community’s role in bioethics to the American Society of Bioethics & Humanities, and has lectured at Boston University School of Medicine and guest-lectured at Harvard. She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Bioethics from the joint program of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and Clarkson University.

Lori serves on both the Adult Ethics Committee of Yale-New Haven hospital and the Pediatric Ethics Committee of Children’s Hospital. A former Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life care, Lori also served on the state health department’s advisory boards for Medical Orders on Life-Sustaining Treatment (“MOLST”). She is Vice President of Community Voices in Medical Ethics (a nonprofit) and directs the Community Bioethics Forum at Yale Medical School’s Program for Biomedical Ethics. Both of these organizations bring bioethical issues to the public’s awareness.

Lori  has taught summer seminars in “Empathy and the Practice of Medicine” and “Neuroethics,” and greatly enjoys working with the students on career planning and their summer research initiatives.

 


Mark R. Mercurio, MD, MA

Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Director, Pediatric Ethics Program, Medical School
Contact: mark.mercurio@yale.edu

I have spent many years practicing and teaching neonatology at Yale and elsewhere. My interest in bioethics began with an undergraduate course taught by Paul Ramsey, and was rekindled during my neonatology training.  I have spent the past 21 years serving on hospital ethics committees, chairing or co-chairing three of them, and thus have broad exposure to ethical dilemmas faced by clinicians, families, and patients of all ages. My main interest, however, has remained ethical issues in pediatrics. Many years ago I began auditing ethics-related classes at Yale, and then spent several years earning a Master’s Degree in philosophy at Brown.   My academic focus for the past several years has been to apply philosophical concepts and reasoning to clinical problems. In that capacity, my work at the Bioethics Center has been to help bridge the main campus (the non-clinical faculty and staff of the Bioethics Center) and the medical campus, bringing the perspective and experience from each to the other. Last year I became an Associate Director of the Center, and I continue to work toward that end.  I currently serve as Director of the Yale Pediatric Ethics Program, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, and an attending neonatologist at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.  In addition, I direct education in medical ethics for the pediatrics residents and fellows, and physician associate students, as well as a seminar series in ethics for medical students. I am Chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee.


Danielle Petrafesa

Senior Administrative Assistant, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Contact: danielle.petrafesa@yale.edu

 203 432-9736


Carol Pollard, MA, MSc 

Director, Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics (2012-2016) 

Carol Pollard worked at the Bioethics Center from its inception until 2016, working first for the Program in Bioethics, and later as Associate Director of the Center and as Director of the Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics, which she inaugurated more than a decade ago. She currently lives in Florida, where she teaches both bioethics and viola da gamba. She remains active in the Summer Institute’s alumni association.