Mildred Solomon, Ed.D.

Clinical Professor of Anaesthesia
  • Division of Medical Ethics
  • (617) 432-3719

Prof. Solomon, associate clinical professor of medical ethics, directs the HMS Fellowship in Medical Ethics and is director of clinical research for the Division of Medical Ethics. She is also the president of The Hastings Center, a world-renowned bioethics policy institute located in Garrison, NY. Dr. Solomon's scholarly work focuses on the ethics of end-of-life care for children and adults, organ donation, the protection of human research participants both in the United States and in the developing world, and ethical issues related to health care reform and health care system performance improvement. As a social scientist, she conducts health services research, aimed primarily at closing the gap between recommended clinical guidelines and actual practice. She has a particular interest in change efforts that focus not only on enhancing technical competencies but also on values and institutional culture. She has served as principal investigator on numerous research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Health Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her policy work includes advising the Institute of Medicine on pediatric palliative care and donation after cardiac death. Prof. Solomon recently completed a four-year tenure on the US Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation and was a member of the National Academies of Science, National Research Council committee, Promoting Safe and Secure Chemical Management in Developing Countries.

  1. Lee LM, Solomon MZ, Gutmann A. Teaching bioethics. September 1, 2014. The Hastings Center report.

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  2. Solomon MZ. The examined life. A tribute to Edmund Pellegrino. September 1, 2013. The Hastings Center report.

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  3. Solomon MZ, Bonham AC. Ethical oversight of research on patient care. January 1, 2013. The Hastings Center report.

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  4. McGraw SA, Truog RD, Solomon MZ, Cohen-Bearak A, Sellers DE, Meyer EC. "I was able to still be her mom"--parenting at end of life in the pediatric intensive care unit. November 1, 2012. Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies.

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  5. Solomon MZ. Seeking the unseen. July 1, 2012. The Hastings Center report.

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  6. Blinderman CD, Krakauer EL, Solomon MZ. Time to revise the approach to determining cardiopulmonary resuscitation status. March 7, 2012. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association.

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  7. McGraw SA, Wood-Nutter CA, Solomon MZ, Maschke KJ, Bensen JT, Benson JT, Irwin DE. Clarity and appeal of a multimedia informed consent tool for biobanking. January 1, 2012. IRB.

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  8. Richer J, Ghebremichael MS, Chudley AE, Robinson WM, Wilfond BS, Solomon MZ. Research use of leftover newborn bloodspots: attitudes of Canadian geneticists regarding storage and informed consent requirements. April 1, 2011. Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics.

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  9. Bonham AC, Solomon MZ. Moving comparative effectiveness research into practice: implementation science and the role of academic medicine. October 1, 2010. Health affairs (Project Hope).

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  10. Solomon MZ. The ethical urgency of advancing implementation science. August 1, 2010. The American journal of bioethics : AJOB.

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  11. Solomon MZ, Browning DM, Dokken DL, Merriman MP, Rushton CH. Learning that leads to action: impact and characteristics of a professional education approach to improve the care of critically ill children and their families. April 1, 2010. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine.

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  12. Solomon MZ. Still silent after all these years. June 1, 2009. Journal of palliative medicine.

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  13. Meyer EC, Sellers DE, Browning DM, McGuffie K, Solomon MZ, Truog RD. Difficult conversations: improving communication skills and relational abilities in health care. May 1, 2009. Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies.

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  14. Solomon MZ. The wisdom and necessity of focusing on family. April 1, 2008. Journal of palliative medicine.

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  15. Browning DM, Meyer EC, Truog RD, Solomon MZ. Difficult conversations in health care: cultivating relational learning to address the hidden curriculum. September 1, 2007. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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  16. Browning DM, Solomon MZ. Relational learning in pediatric palliative care: transformative education and the culture of medicine. July 1, 2006. Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America.

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  17. Solomon MZ, Browning D. Pediatric palliative care: relationships matter and so does pain control. November 28, 2005. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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  18. Solomon MZ, Sellers DE, Heller KS, Dokken DL, Levetown M, Rushton C, Truog RD, Fleischman AR. New and lingering controversies in pediatric end-of-life care. October 1, 2005. Pediatrics.

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  19. Browning DM, Solomon MZ. The initiative for pediatric palliative care: an interdisciplinary educational approach for healthcare professionals. October 1, 2005. Journal of pediatric nursing.

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  20. Heller KS, Solomon MZ. Continuity of care and caring: what matters to parents of children with life-threatening conditions. October 1, 2005. Journal of pediatric nursing.

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  21. Solomon MZ. Healthcare professionals and dual loyalty: technical proficiency is not enough. August 4, 2005. MedGenMed : Medscape general medicine.

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  22. Solomon MZ. Realizing bioethics' goals in practice: ten ways "is" can help "ought". July 1, 2005. The Hastings Center report.

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  23. Dawson R, Sellers DE, Spross JA, Jablonski ES, Hoyer DR, Solomon MZ. Do patients' beliefs act as barriers to effective pain management behaviors and outcomes in patients with cancer-related or noncancer-related pain? March 5, 2005. Oncology nursing forum.

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  24. Clarke EB, Luce JM, Curtis JR, Danis M, Levy M, Nelson J, Solomon MZ. A content analysis of forms, guidelines, and other materials documenting end-of-life care in intensive care units. June 1, 2004. Journal of critical care.

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  25. Clarke EB, Curtis JR, Luce JM, Levy M, Danis M, Nelson J, Solomon MZ. Quality indicators for end-of-life care in the intensive care unit. September 1, 2003. Critical care medicine.

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  26. Solomon MZ. Donation after cardiac death: non-heart-beating organ donation deserves a green light and hospital oversight. March 1, 2003. Anesthesiology.

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  27. Dawson R, Spross JA, Jablonski ES, Hoyer DR, Sellers DE, Solomon MZ. Probing the paradox of patients' satisfaction with inadequate pain management. March 1, 2002. Journal of pain and symptom management.

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  28. Fins JJ, Solomon MZ. Communication in intensive care settings: the challenge of futility disputes. February 1, 2001. Critical care medicine.

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  29. Solomon MZ. From what's neutral to what's meaningful: reflections on a study of medical interpreters. January 1, 1997. The Journal of clinical ethics.

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  30. Solomon MZ. The enormity of the task. SUPPORT and changing practice. November 1, 1995. The Hastings Center report.

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