Executive Director, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School

Christine Mitchell

Christine Mitchell RN, MS, MTS, FAAN is Executive Director of the Center for Bioethics. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Science from Boston University School of Nursing and a Master’s degree from Harvard where she majored in philosophical and religious ethics as a Kennedy Fellow in Medical Ethics through the Interfaculty Program at Harvard Medical School, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard School of Public Health. She is also an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses.

Christine founded the ethics program at Boston Children’s Hospital, directing the ethics consultation service and leading the Ethics Advisory Committee for 30 years. She was also Associate Director of Clinical Ethics at Harvard Medical School’s Division of Medical Ethics where she developed the Ethics Leadership Group, an intensive clinical bioethics course, and an all-volunteer citizen Community Ethics Committee for informed public input on ethical aspects of health care and health policies. She leads the monthly Harvard Ethics Consortium discussion of ethics cases and teaches in the HMS Medical Ethics Fellowship program. Her research has focused on ethics consultation, and public engagement in policies regarding resource allocation related to major natural disasters or pandemics.

Christine has served on numerous national committees and commissions, including the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Clinical Ethics Consultation Committee and, most recently, the Ethical Legal and Social Aspects Committee for the Human Brain Project funded by the European Commission. She lectures nationally and internationally on issues in clinical ethics. Her published work includes a documentary film, made with Ben Achtenberg, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and a documentary video that received an international Freddie award for medical media. She edits a regular series of ethics cases for The Journal of Clinical Ethics and has written on numerous topics in bioethics for the American Journal of Nursing, the New England Journal of Medicine, several specialty clinical journals, and Newsweek.