The Ethics of Innovative Surgery

Prof. Jonathan Moreno, PhD

University of Virginia

Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - 1:15pm to 2:30pm

Mississippi Room
Coffman Memorial Union

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Although the development of new drugs and medical devices is subject to regulation by the U.S. federal government, experimental surgery appears to remain virtually rule-free. There are regulations and guidelines for the participation of human subjects in medical and behavioral research, and there are federal laws pertaining to human testing of drugs and devices, but there are currently no clear federal regulations pertaining to innovative surgical procedures. Dr. Moreno will discuss the results of a study of experimental surgery by the University of Virginia Center for Biomedical Ethics and discuss they study's implications for national policy.

Following this lecture, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how to determine when an innovative surgical procedure is research.
  • Describe the attitudes and concerns of surgeons about innovative procedures, according to a national survey.


Jonathan D Moreno, Ph.D.

Jonathan Moreno is the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Professor of Biomedical Ethics and at the University of Virginia. He is past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and a member of the Institute of Medicine's Board on Health Sciences Policy. He currently co-chairs the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. He is also a bioethics advisor for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Faculty Affiliate at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, and a Fellow of the Hastings Center and the New York Academy of Medicine.