Sergio Litewka, M.D., M.P.H.

Title/Position: Director, International Program


Sergio Litewka, M.D., M.P.H. 
Associate Research Professor, DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Litewka completed his medical degree at the University of Buenos Aires and his master’s in public health at the University of El Salvador, also in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He is a faculty member in the UM Department of Surgery and the director of global bioethics at the University of Miami Institute of Bioethics, a World Health Organization (WHO) on Ethics and Health Policies.  As global bioethics director, Dr. Litewka’s work focuses on the development of research and education activities with governmental organizations, universities and the private sector on human subject protection and the responsible conduct of research. In Asia, Dr. Litewka is a regular speaker for research integrity topics at Sri Ramachandra University (Chennai, India) and Tokyo University (Tokyo, Japan).

He is also the International Director for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program), a web based initiative for research ethics and responsible conduct of research education.

During 2011 he served as a member of the International Research Panel at the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethics Issues.

Selected publications

Heitman E, Litewka S. Education in Research Integrity and Governance of Science in the United States, Argentina, and Brazil. Handbook of Academic Integrity 2015; 1-20 Available at

Heitman E, Litewka S. International Perspectives on Plagiarism and Considerations for Teaching International Trainees. Urologic Oncology 2011;29:104-108. PMID: 21194646. Available at

Litewka S. Ethics, Corruption and Regulations on Research. Perspectivas Bioéticas 2010;15:185-192.

Litewka S.  Quality, Health Systems and Governance: The Argentinean Case. Acta Bioethica 2010;16(2):148-154. Available at

Kaplan B, Litewka S. Ethical Challenges of Telemedicine and Telehealth. Cambridge Quarterly Healthcare Ethic s 2008;17(4):401-416. PMID: 18724880.

Litewka S. Goodman, KG., Braunschweiger, P. The CITI Program. An Alternative for Training Latin American Researchers in Research Ethics. Acta Bioethica 2008;14(1):54-60.

Litewka S. Planeación Ética de los Experimentos con Seres Humanos. Revista Colombiana de Bioética 2006;1(1):131-140.

In the news

World Magazine interview: Colombia Opens Its Doors to Euthanasia

Telemundo interview:Therapy for Children who Want to Change their Gender

Dr. Litewka’s lecture: Seminar on scientific publications, quality assessment and research integrity. Santiago, Chile, November 15th 2011

Stem Cells. Panel. Oppenheimer Presenta. Vme Network . Miami and Latin America

Holistic medicine. Panel.Oppenheimer presenta. Vme Network . Miami and Latin America

Dr. Litewka frequently interviews with CNN en Español and Hispanic radios in South Florida on various topics.