Christine Mitchell

Christine Mitchell RN, MS, MTS, HCE-C is Executive Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Lecturer, Dept. of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Christine Mitchell founded the clinical ethics program at Boston Children’s Hospital, directing the ethics consultation service and leading the Ethics Advisory Committee for over 30 years. At Harvard Medical School, where she is Executive Director of the Centre for Bioethics, which she helped to launch in 2014, Mitchell developed the Capstone program for Master of Bioethics students, Consortia on Clinical Ethics and Research Ethics, and the Leadership Group of ethics committees at 16 Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals. She worked with Sebastian Porsdam Mann (the first Post Doc at the new Centre for Bioethics) to develop a Right to Science Study Group at HMS with international colleagues. Her research focuses on ethics consultation, and public engagement in ethical aspects of institutional policies. She has lectured on topics in clinical ethics all over the United States, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

She has served on numerous national committees and commissions, including the Clinical Ethics Consultation Committee for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the Ethics Committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Ethics Advisory Board for the Human Brain Project funded by the European Commission. Her published work includes documentary films, including one nominated for an Academy Award. Christine Mitchell is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses. She has written over 175 articles and chapters on topics in bioethics.

Research Group: The Cambridge-Harvard Right to Science Study Group