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


Portrait photo of Sarah Slomin

Sarah Slonim

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Payton Arriola


University of Washington Department of Surgery 2024 Surgical Ethics Conference August 1st & 2nd, 2024 Keynote Presentation “Connecting With Patients and Colleagues: The Role of Trust and Communication” Carlos Pellegrini, MD Professor Emeritus Former Henry N. Harkins Professor & Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Washington Former Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine Former Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington