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Welcome to the Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics

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Edmund D. Pellegrino
Founding Director Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD ( June 22, 1920 – June 13, 2013) Portrait by Jerry Crowley

The Pellegrino Center provides university-based ethics resources for individuals that shape and give health care. We are committed to the dynamic interplay between theory and practice, experience, and reflection. Center scholars bring expertise in theology, philosophy, basic science, and clinical practice to today’s ethical challenges. We seek to promote serious ethical reflection and discourse in pursuit of a just society and health care that affirms the dignity and social nature of all persons.

Recent Events:

June 1-5, 2021: A 50th Anniversary Kennedy Institute of Ethics Symposium: “A New Era of Bioethics at Georgetown”

May 21, 2021: 1 – 4 pm: The Pellegrino Symposium: “This Moment in Bioethics” Recording to be posted by June 11, 2021

April 8, 2021 at 4 pm EDT: “How Healers Became Killers: Nazi Doctors and Modern Medical Ethics” Lecture by Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH – cosponsored by the School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE).

The 2021 John Collins Harvey Lecture: A Conversation with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci took place on February 19, 2021. View the recording

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Your Health: A Sacred Matter

Watch this public television documentary on spirituality, religion, and medicine. Earn two free credits of CME/CEU for watching the entire film.


2021 John Collins Harvey Lecture

January 22nd, 2021

The 18th Annual John Collins Harvey Lecture A Conversation with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Friday, February 19 3:00 pm EST Link to recording …


September 1st, 2020

May 21, 2021 Feb. 19, 2021 The Pellegrino Center hosted the 18th Annual John Collins Harvey Lecture: A Conversation with Dr. Anthony S. Fau…

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