Center for Surgical Ethics

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Center for Surgical Ethics


To improve the health of the public by promoting the highest standards of ethical care in surgery.

The Center for Surgical Ethics was established under the direction of Department of Surgery Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair, Douglas E. Wood, MD, in collaboration with Center Director, Alberto Ferreres, MD, PhD, FACS (Hon.), ASA (Hon.). The center aims to elevate the ethical delivery of surgical care and promote education and scholarship within and beyond UW Medicine.



  • Promotion of cultural awareness as it related to both common and unique ethical issues and situations in the surgical setting.
  • Advancement of academic scholarship and outcomes-based research in Surgical Ethics.
  • Fostering educational opportunities, including the development of a multi-level educational program in Surgical Ethics.
  • Develop and implement educational programs for graduate medical education.



Dr. Alberto Ferreres

Alberto Ferreres, MD, PhD, FACS (Hon.), ASA (Hon.)

Professor of Surgery, University of Buenos Aires, Chairman, Department of General Surgery, "Dr. Carlos A. Bocalandro" Hospital

Denise Dudzinski, PhD, HEC-C

Professor (Joint), Bioethics & Humanities and Pediatrics, Division of Bioethics & Palliative Care, Chief, UW Medicine Ethics Consultation Service, Organizational Ethics Consultation Service, Seattle Children's

Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd

Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery

Andrew S. Wright, MD

Professor, Division of General Surgery & Center for Video Endoscopic Surgery Endowed Professor


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Sarah Slomin

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Payton Arriola

2024 Department of Surgery Surgical Ethics Conference Thursday, August 1, 2024 & Friday August 2, 2024 The conference is open for both in-person and online participation. More details to be announced. Contact / 206-543-3680 for conference details and visit the Department of Surgery's Center for Surgical Ethics web page for conference updates and to learn more about the center.



2022 Surgical Ethics Conference Agenda