Mildred Z. Solomon
Mildred Solomon has an international reputation for her research on, and advocacy for, wiser health care and science policy. In addition to her leadership role at The Hastings Center, she is Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the school’s Fellowship in Bioethics, a program that builds the bioethics capacity of the Harvard teaching hospitals. Dr. Solomon is both a bioethicist and social science researcher. The primary focus of her bioethics scholarship has been on the ethics of end-of-life care for adults and children, organ transplantation, protection of human research participants, responsible conduct of research, and the governance of emerging technologies.
Dr. Solomon’s scholarship in bioethics has informed health policy in a number of ways. She has served on committees of, and consulted to, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She served a five-year term on the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation, and she currently is on the advisory council of the Public Health and Human Rights Program at the Open Society Foundations. Recently, she provided expert consultation and a background scholarly paper on end-of-life care for the Aspen Institute‘s Aspen Health Strategies Group. She is serving a two-year term on the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Technology, Values and Policy.
She is the author of approximately 70 scholarly papers, published in a broad range of journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, the Hastings Center Report, the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and JAMA Pediatrics. A frequent speaker, her research and policy work have been described in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and other major media outlets.
Before assuming the leadership of The Hastings Center, Dr. Solomon was senior director of implementation science at the Association of American Medical Colleges. There, she was responsible for helping the nation’s academic medical centers develop their capacities in comparative effectiveness research and implementation science. Before that, she was vice president of the Education Development Center, a global nonprofit research and development organization with approximately $140 million annually in grants and more than 1,500 staff worldwide. She earned a doctorate in educational research methods and adult learning from Harvard University and a B.A. from Smith College.
In the Media
NPR’s “Morning Edition” on long work shifts for medical residents.
Washington Post on some doctors working 30-hour shifts at U.S. hospitals.
National Geographic on research on the genetics of intelligence.
Maine Public Radio on ethical concerns about compensating organ donors.
Reuters on doctors Googling their patients.
Washington Times on Brittany Maynard and physician aid-in-dying.
Renal & Urology News on the use of dialysis at the end of life.
Selected Scholarly Publications
Mildred Z. Solomon, Michael K. Gusmano, and Karen J. Maschke, “The Ethical Imperative and Moral Challenges of Engaging Patients and the Public With Evidence,” Health Affairs 2016; 35 (4).
Alan Fleischman and Mildred Solomon, “Comparative Effectiveness Research: Ethical and Regulatory Guidance,” JAMA Pediatrics 2014; 168 (22).
Mildred Z. Solomon, “Modern Dying: From Securing Rights to Meeting Needs,” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 2014; 1330.
Mildred Z. Solomon, “The 4 Big Ethical Questions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” World Economic Forum blog, October 10, 2016.
Mildred Z. Solomon, “Bioethicists Do Embrace Science, but Not Indiscriminately,” Boston Globe, August 6, 2015.
Mildred Z. Solomon and Nancy Berlinger, “Seizing a Medicare Moment to Improve End-of-Life Care,” Time, July 31, 2015.
Mildred Z. Solomon, “How Institutional Review Boards Can Support Learning Health Care Systems While Providing Meaningful Oversight,” Health Affairs Blog, June 5, 2015.
Commencement address to Harvard Medical School’s first master’s in bioethics graduates. Harvard commencement speech
Keynote address to Fourth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy, and Ethics, Arizona State University, Tempe, Az., May 24-26, 2016
“Deadly Medicine: Nazi Eugenics and its Implications Today” (New York Genome Center)
Achieving Patients’ and Consumers’ Use of Evidence, talk given at Health Affairs briefing April 2016. Related to Mildred Z. Solomon, Michael K. Gusmano, and Karen J. Maschke, “The Ethical Imperative and Moral Challenges of Engaging Patients and the Public With Evidence,” Health Affairs 2016; 35 (4).
Posts by Mildred Z. Solomon
- Bioethics Forum Essay
Daniel Callahan: In MemoriamRead the PostBioethics Forum EssayDaniel Callahan, a national voice for responsible health and science, who pioneered the field of bioethics, died on July 16, three days before his 89th birthday. In 1969, Callahan cofounded The Hastings Center with Willard Gaylin. Callahan served as the Center’s director from 1969 to 1983, preside...Read the Post
- Bioethics Forum Essay
Continuing the Dialogue on Bioethics and PopulismRead the PostBioethics Forum EssayFranklin Miller’s recent post in Bioethics Forum responded to our essay, “Bioethics and Populism: How Should Our Field Respond?” in the current issue of the Hastings Center Report. There, we suggested that rising global authoritarian populism presents opportunities for (and, one might even s...Read the Post
Vaccine Access, Vaccine Hesitancy: Challenges to Herd ImmunityRead the PostIf the United States is to achieve herd immunity, at least 75-85% of the population will need to be vaccinated, yet there are many different kinds of barriers to overcome. Some Americans are reluctant or wish to wait, because they distrust government or the safety of the vaccines or believe in widesp...Read the Post
Vaccine Access, Vaccine Hesitancy: Challenges to Herd ImmunityRead the PostDate: April 20, 2021Time: 1pm ESTAn online event If the United States is to achieve herd immunity, at least 75-85% of the population will need to be vaccinated, yet there are many different kinds of barriers to overcome. Some Americans are reluctant or wish to wait, because they distrust governm...Read the Post
Report Finds Breakdown in Civic Discourse Threatens U.S. DemocracyRead the Post
- Hastings Center News
Can AI Reduce Inequity and Improve Empathy in Medicine? A Conversation Between Eric Topol and Mildred SolomonRead the PostHastings Center NewsArtificial intelligence has the potential to reduce inequities in health care and even help restore empathy to the doctor-patient relationship—if, and only if, key ethical barriers are addressed and opportunities grasped. That was Eric Topol’s overarching message at The Hastings Center’s 50th ...Read the Post
- In the Media
Mildred Solomon: Guidance on Human Gene Editing Should Address More than SafetyRead the Post
- Hastings Center News
Mildred Solomon on Controversial Duchenne Drug ApprovalRead the PostHastings Center NewsWriting in the Health Affairs Blog, Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon says that the Food and Drug Administration’s controversial decision to approve the first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy is defensible, but only if there is adequate follow through. Read the post here.Read the Post
- Hastings Center News
President Solomon Identifies Four Big Questions of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”Read the PostHastings Center NewsAdvances in information technologies and artificial intelligence, biological sciences, and physical sciences are recognized as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, holding promise for bringing great benefits but also harms. Hastings Center president Mildred Z. Solomon identifies four questions to insure...Read the Post
- In the Media
Psychology Today: Interview with Mildred SolomonRead the Post
PRESS RELEASE: 03.12.12 The Hastings Center Names Mildred Z. Solomon Next PresidentRead the Post(Garrison, NY) The Board of Directors of The Hastings Center announced today that Dr. Mildred Z. Solomon, Senior Director for Implementation Science at the Association of American Medical Colleges and Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Global Health and Social...Read the Post