Medical Ethics

Improving diversity in cancer clinical trials

The Cancer Clinical Trials Community Ambassador Training Program at the Abramson Cancer Center was established in August 2021 to create spokespersons and resources to increase awareness and access to cancer clinical trials in the diverse Philadelphia communities. 

From Penn Medicine News

Learning to listen in troubled times

The SNF Paideia Program and partners featured Ernesto Pujol and Aaron Levy, an artist and an interdisciplinary scholar who have transformed both what it means to listen and what the act of listening can achieve as part of a lecture and workshops.

Kristen de Groot

100 years of insulin

On July 27, 1921, Canadian doctors Frederick Banting and Charles Best successfully isolated the hormone insulin, one of the most important breakthroughs in treating diabetes. Experts from around the University share their thoughts on the medical triumph on the 100th anniversary.

Kristen de Groot

In the News


Biogen’s next Alzheimer drug feeds push for FDA approval revamp

Emily Largent and Holly Fernandez Lynch of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about the clinical uncertainty of new Alzheimer’s drug findings and the FDA’s need to have post-approval trials underway.



FDA seems poised to approve a new drug for ALS, but does it work?

Holly Fernandez Lynch of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the FDA’s current trajectory has been characterized by increased willingness to accept weaker evidence.



‘Is an abortion medically necessary?’ is not a question for ethicists to answer

Holly Fernandez Lynch, Steven Joffe, and Emily A. Largent of the Perelman School of Medicine write that ethics committees are not intended to second-guess clinical judgements about medical procedures or provide legal cover for institutions.


USA Today

Inequities in maternal health care access are not new. They have deep roots in history

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts says that today’s Black maternal health disparities are a reverberation of slavery, an echo of the federally funded health care and welfare programs which led to sterilization abuse.


Fast Company

Your doctor is moonlighting on TikTok as an influencer

Dominic Sisti of the Perelman School of Medicine said that, during the evolution of the internet in the 1990s, bioethicists were preoccupied by the Human Genome Project and overlooked the rise of social media and its impact on health care. “Social media was something that we as bioethicists just didn’t have our eyes on—and it’s coming back now to haunt us,” he said.


The Washington Post

The ethics of a second chance: Pig heart transplant recipient stabbed a man seven times years ago

Scott Halpern of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the importance of maintaining separation between legal and medical systems. “We have a legal system designed to determine just redress for crimes,” he said. “And we have a health-care system that aims to provide care without regard to people’s personal character or history.”