Christine Mitchell
Christine Mitchell
Master of Theological Studies Executive Director, Center for Bioethics; Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine

Christine Mitchell, MS, MTS, is associate director of clinical ethics in the Division of Medical Ethics. She developed and runs an annual Harvard bioethics course, leads the monthly Harvard Ethics Consortium, teaches in the ethics fellowship program, and organized and co-chairs with Bob Truog the Ethics Leadership Council for the Harvard teaching hospitals and health care facilities. Her current research, with Judy Johnson and Bob Truog, is focused on evaluation of ethics consultation at Harvard hospitals (TEECH). Christine is also director of the Office of Ethics at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she co-chairs the hospital’s Ethics Advisory Committee and directs the ethics consultation service. As a founding board member of the Society for Bioethics Consultation and past president of the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics, she has been involved with ethics committees nationally and locally since the early 1980s, including a Community Ethics Committee for Harvard hospitals which she organized with Carol Powers, a former ethics fellow and community volunteer. Christine has made documentary films related to clinical ethics, including one which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1984, and a video for which she and film-maker Ben Achtenberg won a Freddie award in 2004. She has written a number of articles on ethics which have been published in the American Journal of NursingThe Journal of Clinical Ethics, (for which she edits a quarterly series based on the Harvard Ethics Consortium), the New England Journal of Medicine, and Newsweek. Articles about her have appeared in Reader’s Digest and Yankee magazine.