Selected Publications

The following is a selection of publications by our Center affiliates.

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Stephen R. Latham


(Publications Since 2015)


Genetics, Ethics and Education. S. Bouregy, E. Grigorenko, S.R. Latham and M. Tan, eds. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018).


Electronic Health Record Alerts for Acute Kidney Injury:  A Multi-Center Randomized Clinical Trial. (F.P. Wilson, M.M. Martin, Y. Yamamoto, C. Partridge, E. Moreira, T. Arora, A. Biswas, H. Feldman, A.X. Garg, J.H. Greenberg, M.Hinchcliff, S.R. Latham, F. Li, H. Lin, S.G. Mansour, D.G. Moledina, P.M. Palevsky, C.R. Parikh, M. Simonov, J. Testani, U.Ugwuowo), in press, BMJ, 2020.  

Developing a Triage Protocol for the COVID-19 Pandemic (B. Tolchin, J. Kapo, E. Moritz, S.R. Latham, J.L. Herbst, M. Mercurio, M. Siegel, L. Ferrante, J. Hughes, K. Jubanyik, S. Hull, K. Kraschel), in press, Journal of Clinical Ethics, 2020.

IVF: Competing Values and Goals. CT Trial Lawyers Association FORUM pp. 12-15 (Summer 2020).

Avoiding Ineffective End-of-Life Care: A Lesson from Triage?  50 Hastings Center Report  3:71-72 (May/Jun 2020).

The United Kingdom Revisits its Surrogacy Law. 49 Hastings Center Report 1:6-7 (Jan/Feb 2020).

Addressing ethical challenges in US-based HIV phylogenetic research. (L. Dawson, N. Benbow, F. Fletcher, S. Kassaye, A. Killelea. S.R. Latham, L. Lee, T. Leitner, S. Little, S. Mehta, O. Martinez, B. Minalga, A. Poon, S. Rennie, J. Sugarman, P. Sweeney, L. Torian, and J. Wertheim, on behalf of the NIH Working Group on Ethical Issues in HIV Phylogenetic Research), forthcoming in Journal of Infectious Disease (2020).

On the Moral Bindingness of Advance Directives, 29 Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 1:110-115 (Jan. 2020).

Experimental philosophical bioethics. (B.D. Earp, J. Demaree-Cotton, M. Dunn, V. Dranseika, J.A.C. Everett, A. Feltz, G. Geller, I.R. Hannikainen, L. Jansen, J. Knobe, J. Kolak, S.R. Latham, A. Lerner, J. May, M. Mercurio, E. Mihailov, D. Rodriguez-Arias, B. Rodriguez Lopez, J. Savulescu, M. Sheehan, N. St Rohminger, J. Sugarman, K. Tabb and K. Tobia), AJOB Empirical Bioethics (Dec. 2019). 

The Ethics of Testing and Research of Manufactured Organs on Brain Dead/Recently Deceased Subjects. (B. Parent, L. Kimberly, B. Gelb, S.R. Latham, A. Caplan, A. Lewis), Journal of Medical Ethics (Sept. 28, 2019)

Electronic Alerts for Acute Kidney Injury Amelioration (ELAIA-1): A Completely Electronic, Multi-Center, Randomized Controlled Trial: Design and Rationale. (M. Mutter, M. Martin, Y. Yamamoto, A. Biswas, B. Etropolski, H. Feldman, A. Garg, N. Gourlie, S.R. Latham, H. Lin, P. Palevsky, C. Parikh, E. Moreira, U. Ugwuowo, F.P. Wilson), 9 BMJ Open 5 (Jun 1, 2019).

Restoration of brain circulation and cellular functions hours postmortem. (Z. Vrselja, S.G. Daniele, J. Silbereis, F. Talpo, Y.M. Morozov, A.M. Sousa, B.S. Tanaka, M. Skarica, M. Pletikos, N. Kaur, Z.W. Zhuang, Z. Liu, R. Alkawadri, A.J. Sinusas, S.R. Latham, S.G. Waxman, N. Sestan) 568 Nature 336–43 (April 18, 2019).

Work Requirements That Don’t Work, 48 Hastings Center Report 6:5-6 (Nov/Dec 2018).

Human-Monkey Chimeras for Modeling Human Disease: Opportunities and Challenges (A. De Los Angeles, I. Hyun, S.R. Latham, J.D. Elsworth and D.E. Redmond Jr.) 27 Stem Cells and Development 23 (December 1, 2018).

Identification of Patients Expected to Benefit from Electronic Alerts for Acute Kidney Injury (A. Biswas, C.R. Parikh, H.I. Feldman, A.X. Garg, S.R. Latham, H. Lin, P.M. Palevsky, U. Ugwuowo and F.P. Wilson), 13 Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology 6:842-49 (June 7, 2018).

Debating Medical Utility, Not Futility: Ethical Dilemmas in Treating Critically Ill People Who Use Injection Drugs (S. Baldassarri, I. Lee, S.R. Latham and G. D’Onofrio), 46 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 2:241-51 (June 2018).

Trump’s Abortion-Promoting Aid Policy, 47 Hastings Center Report 4:7-8 (July/August 2017).

On Essentiality and the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines, (V.A. Marks, S.R. Latham and S.P. Kishore), 83 Annals of Global Health 3-4 (May-August 2017), pp. 637-40.

Political Theory, Values and Public Health, 9 Public Health Ethics 2:139-149 (2016).

“Aid in Dying” in the Courts, 45 Hastings Center Report 3:11-12 (May/June 2015).

Subsequent exchange with K. Tucker, 45 Hastings Center Report 5:3-4 (Sept/Oct 2015).


Healthcare Ethics Committees and the Law, in D.M. Hester and T. Schonfeld, eds., Guidance for Healthcare Ethics Committees (New York: Cambridge University Press). Revised edition, forthcoming 2020.

Introduction (S. Bouregy, E. Grigorenko, S.R. Latham and M. Tan) and Conclusion: How Might School Systems Use Genetic Data? in Bouregy, Grigorenko, Latham and Tan, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Genetics and Education (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

What Makes a Death “Good”? in L. Dugdale, ed., Dying in the 21st Century (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015).

Encyclopedia Entries on Classical Political Economy, Price Fixing, Consumer and Producer Surplus, Marginal Revenue, and Sunset Laws, in Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, ed. R. Kolb (London: SAGE Publications, 2d ed. 2017).

Encyclopedia entries on Animal Research: Law and Policy and [Human Subjects] Research Policy, in Encyclopedia of Bioethics (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 4th ed. 2014)


Molecular HIV Surveillance and Public Health Ethics: Old Wine in New Bottles (open peer commentary), L. Dawson L and S.R. Latham, American Journal of Bioethics, in press 2020.

Statement from Yale Faculty on Hydroxychloroquine and its Use in COVID-19. G. Gonsalves, J. Abaluck, A. Bei, T. Cohen, G.V. Desir, G. D’Onofrio, H.P. Forman, A. Galvani, N.D. Grubaugh, R. Hines, V. Horsley, A. Iwasaki, A. Kapczynski, T. Kershaw,  A.I. Ko, S.R. Latham, B. Lindenbach, F. Scott Morton, R. Medzhitov, S.B. Omer, A.D. Paltiel, S. Parikh, K. Santucci, M. Nunez Smith, D. Weinberger. (Aug. 4, 2020).      

Non-Human Germline Interventions (open peer commentary), 20 American Journal of Bioethics 8:23-25 2020.

Personal transformation and advance directives: an experimental bioethics approach (open peer commentary), B.D. Earp, K.P. Tobia & S.R. Latham, 20 American Journal of Bioethics 8:72-75 (2020).

From Interest to Applause to Despair (open peer commentary), 18 American Journal of Bioethics 12:15-17 (2018).

Asymmetrical Intuitions (open peer commentary), 18 American Journal of Bioethics 11:54-55 (2018)

A Note—and a Call—From the Weeds. 48 Hastings Center Report 3 (May/June 2018), inside front cover.

Responsibility for Collateral Harm (open peer commentary), 17 American Journal of Bioethics 10:55-57 (October 2017).

Lawrence Gostin’s Enthusiastic Globalism (book review of L. Gostin, Global Health Law). 46 Hastings Center Report 6 (Nov/Dec 2016).

Moral Distress and Cooperation with Wrongdoing (open peer commentary), 16 American Journal of Bioethics 12 (December 2016).

Proceed With Caution: The NIH won’t follow the U.K.’s lead on human genome editing, but others in the U.S. will (Blog post). US News and World Report “Policy Dose” Blog, February 8, 2016. Available here.

Approval Parties!  Faculty Ad-Hoc Meetings for Exempt/Expedited Determinations (B. Dionne, S.R. Latham, C. McDaniel and C. Montano), peer-reviewed poster session presented at Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) annual meeting, November 13, 2015, Boston, MA.

On-Target with On-Site IRB Reviews and Approvals (B. Dionne, S.R. Latham, C. McDaniel and C. Montano), peer-reviewed poster session presented at PRIM&R annual meeting, November 13, 2015, Boston, MA.

The SUPPORT Study Case: Not Vindication (Online commentary), The Hastings Center’s Bioethics Forum, September 10, 2015. Available here.

Contributing Editor of The Ethics of Suicide, M. Battin, ed., (Oxford Univ. Press, 2015) entries on “Increase Mather” and “Cotton Mather.”

Professionalization of Clinical Ethics Consultation: Defining (Down) the Code (open peer commentary), 15 American Journal of Bioethics 5:54-56 (May 2015).

Facilitated Discussion: Good and Good for You (open peer commentary), 15 American Journal of Bioethics 1, pp. 58-59 (January 2015).

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Senior Lecturer & Senior Research Scholar in Religion and Ecology

Environmental Ethicist-in-Residence

The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth: Collected Essays of Thomas Berry (co-edited with Mary Evelyn Tucker). (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009).
Cosmology in the World’s Religions, The Universe Story, and the Earth Charter,” 1 Beliefs and Values 1, 2009.
Indigenous Knowing and Responsible Life in the World,” in L. Kearns and C. Keller, eds., Eco-Spirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth (New York: Fordham University Press, 2007).
Daring to Dream: Religion and the Future of the Earth” (with M.E. Tucker), in R. Radford Ruether, ed., Reflections (Yale Divinity School, Spring 2007), pp. 4-9.
Indigenous Lifeways and Ways of Knowing,” in P. Clayton, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science.  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
Indigenous Traditions: Religion and Ecology,” in R. Gottlieb, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).
Knowing and Being Known by Animals: Indigenous Perspectives on Personhood” in P. Waldau and K. Patton, eds., A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006).
“Teilhard’s Vision of Evolution” (with M.E. Tucker), Teilhard Studies #50 (Hagerstown, MD: American Teilhard Association, Spring 2005).

John Grim

Senior Lecturer & Senior Research Scholar in Religion and Ecology

Environmental Ethicist-in-Residence

The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth: Collected Essays of Thomas Berry (co-edited with Mary Evelyn Tucker). (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009).

Religion and Ecology” (with M.E. Tucker), in L. Jones, ed., Encyclopedia of Religion (New York: Macmillan, 2005).

Ecology and Indigenous Traditions,” in Encyclopedia of Religion (New York: Macmillan, 2005).

Shamanism and Ecology,” in Encyclopedia of Shamanism. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004).

Sundance Traditions,” and “Plains Indians Understandings of Power,” in the Encyclopedia of American Indian Religious Traditions. (Santa Barbara: ABC- CLIO, 2004).

Lori Bruce
Associate Director

Administration Provides New HCP Protections: Permits Healthcare Providers to Discriminate;” (blog of The American Journal of Bioethics), January 20, 2018.
Unmet Needs, Unwanted Persons: A Call for Expansion of Safe Haven Laws.” Hastings Center Report 46, no. 5 (2016): 7-8.
The #10YearChallenge: Harmless Fun or Cause for Concern?“ (blog of The American Journal of Bioethics), February 11, 2019.
Invasive Pediatric Procedures by Physicians-in-Training:  Recommendations on Consent and Oversight by a Community Bioethics Forum;” presented to Yale Pediatrics Department, April 22, 2015.
Brain Death: Frequently Asked Questions for the General Public;” Neurocritical Care Society, October, 2014.

Mark Mercurio
Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Director, Pediatric Ethics Program, Yale School of Medicine

Hurst, A, Vergales, BD, Paget-Brown, A, Mercurio, MR, Lantos, JD. Ethics Rounds: tough decisions for premature triplets. Pediatrics 2016 Feb;137(2):1-5
Mercurio, MR. Pediatric obstetrical ethics: Medical decision-making by, with, and for pregnant early adolescents. Semin Perinatol. 2016 Feb 22. pii: S0146-0005(15)00205-0. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2015.12.013. [Epub ahead of print]
Murray, P., Esserman, D., Mercurio, MR. In What Circumstances Will a Neonatologist Decide a Patient is Not a Resuscitation Candidate? Journal of Medical Ethics 2016 Mar 17. pii: medethics-2015-102941. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2015-102941. Epub ahead of print
Mercurio MR, Murray PD, Gross I. Unilateral pediatric “Do not attempt resuscitation” orders: the pros, the cons, and a proposed approach. Pediatrics. 2014 Feb;133 Suppl 1:S37-43.  

Lydia Dugdale
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Therapeutic dying. The Hastings Center Report 2014, 44:5-6. 2014
Medicine’s metaphysics. The Hastings Center Report 2013, 43:7-8. 2013
A thousand little deaths. The Hastings Center Report 2011, 41:10. 2011
Making sense of the Roman Catholic directive to extend life indefinitely. The Hastings Center Report 2011, 41:28-9. 2011 with Ridenour AA.
The fighter. Journal Of General Internal Medicine 2011, 26:99-100. 2011
The art of dying well. The Hastings Center Report 2010, 40:22-4. 2010
Do religious physicians disproportionately care for the underserved? Annals Of Family Medicine 2007, 5:353-60. 2007 with Curlin FA, Lantos JD, Chin MH. 
Re-Enchanting Medicine. JAMA Internal Medicine 2017, 177:1075-1076. 2017

Shizuko Takahashi

Physician and Genetics Counselor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tokyo School of Medicine
Lecturer, Graduate School of Medicine & Department of Biomedical Ethics, University of Tokyo
Summer Faculty, Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics, Yale University
The World Caught a Cold. Children’s  book - free to distribute widely.