Mark Aulisio, PhD

Susan E. Watson Professor and Chair
Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
Center for Biomedical Ethics, MetroHealth System
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Dr. Aulisio is the Susan E. Watson Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University and Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at MetroHealth Medical Center. He is currently Chair of the Council of Basic Science Chairs of the School of Medicine.  He is also a member of the Human Studies Review Board for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. Aulisio has authored over 85 articles and book chapters on clinical bioethics, ethics consultation, organ donation and transplant, double effect, and related areas, and is often requested to speak at national and international venues.  In 2009, Dr. Aulisio was honored with the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ (ASBH) Distinguished Service Award for having helped to lead three national projects that resulted in three publications: Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation (1998); Status of Bioethics and Medical Humanities Graduate Training Programs in the North America Report (2002); Improving Competencies in Ethics Consultation: An Education Guide (2009).

Dr. Aulisio also has extensive international bioethics experience, which includes serving as: PI on clinical bioethics projects with colleagues at Kyoto University (2003-2004) and the University of Tokyo (2004-2006); Co-investigator in the University of Paris-led 11-nation project on bioethics education (2006-2008); Co-investigator on a bioethics and citizenship project with Spanish colleagues at the University of Salamanca (2010-2020); Contributor to the Canadian Blood Services-sponsored forum on the possibility of developing a National Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant Program (2011). Dr. Aulisio’s was one of two CWRU faculty participants in the 11-university multinational effort of The Darwin Centre Trust’s Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion (2016-present). 

Most recently, he served as a member of the COVID-19 Task Force of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors (ABPD), and a  co-author of the Task Force publication, “Ethical Challenges Arising in the COVID-19 Pandemic,” The American Journal of Bioethics, Published Online 6 June 2020: 1-13.

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