Mildred Solomon is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hastings Center. In addition, she is Clinical Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the school’s Fellowship in Medical Ethics, a program aimed at building the bioethics capacity of Harvard-affiliated hospitals. In addition to Fellows from the United States, her program has trained bioethicists from Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, and Iceland.
Dr. Solomon is a bioethicist and social science researcher who conducts both normative and empirical research on a wide range of values questions and topics of moral uncertainty in health, health care, and public health. The primary focus of her scholarship has been on the ethics of end-of-life care for both adults and children, organ transplantation, research ethics, clinician professionalism, and responsible conduct of research. In terms of her policy work, Dr. Solomon was one of many leaders who worked to create the field of palliative medicine. She also served as the principal investigator on a project funded by Robert Wood Johnson which issued recommendations for integrating palliative care into managed care. She was a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation, which advises the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on national organ donation and transplantation policies. She has served on National Academy of Sciences committees and consulted to the Institute of Medicine, the Open Society Institute, and many other organizations.
Dr. Solomon is also an accomplished ethics educator. For example, she worked with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to host a traveling exhibition, Deadly Medicine: The Role of Physicians in the Nazi Era, which involved thousands of viewers drawn from Boston-area medical, nursing, and law schools, as well as interested citizens. Early in her career, she co-founded the Decisions Near the End of Life program, which was adopted by 230 hospitals across the United States and adapted for use in Germany and Switzerland. She also championed equal attention to gravely ill children, by founding The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care, which produced an award-winning series of professional education films, a comprehensive curriculum for clinicians who care for children near the end of life, and educational retreats that have served more than 2,000 pediatric subspecialists, pediatric critical care nurses, and related health care professionals. She helped to establish the Multiregional Clinical Trials(MRCT) project, now housed at Harvard’s Global Health Institute, which aims to enhance ethical oversight of clinical trials around the globe.
Before taking the helm of The Hastings Center, Dr. Solomon was Senior Director of Implementation Science at the Association of American Medical Colleges, a membership association of all accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada, 450 teaching hospitals, and 90 medical and scientific specialty societies. At the AAMC, she was responsible for helping academic medical centers develop their capacities in comparative effectiveness research, patient outcomes research, and implementation science.
She earned her doctorate in educational research methods and adult learning from Harvard University and her B.A. from Smith College.