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The Ethics Committee

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Ethics Committee is a multidisciplinary advisory group comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, administrators, clergy and representatives of the community. The Committee meets semimonthly with the following goals:

  • To provide a peer review forum for recent ethics consultations
  • To educate Committee members about the principles and clinical applications of bioethics
  • To develop new (or revise existing) hospital policies and procedures that relate to ethics and patient care

The current Ethics Committee chair is William B. Feldman, MD, DPhil, MPH.

Committee members who are not actively involved in the Ethics Consultation Service generally serve a three-year term. This rotation of staff from various departments provides a mechanism for integrating bioethics education throughout the hospital.

The Ethics Management Group, a subgroup of the larger Committee, meets on a monthly basis to develop Ethics Committee meeting agendas and create an integrated bioethics curriculum across Committee meetings.


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