Hospital Ethics Committees

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and faculty contribute to institutional ethics processes at a range of South Florida health care organizations. This includes support for institutional ethics committees, especially regarding education, policy creation and review and consultation services. These services are directly and immediately available at the following institutions:

UHealth, including the University of Miami Hospital; the UM Hospital and Clinics and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; and the Ann Bates Leach Eye Hospital and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Jackson Health System, including the Adult and Pediatric Ethics Committees at Jackson Memorial Hospital; Jackson North; Jackson South; and Jackson nursing homes

To request more information or for other non-urgent matters, please email


To request a time-sensitive ethics consultation, please use the following telephone numbers:

All UM and Jackson hospitals, call 305-243-2222 and request that “Ethics Consult” be paged.

For Holtz Children’s (Jackson’s) Pediatric Bioethics Committee, call 305-323-1016; backup: 305-610-2066.


University of Miami Hospital advance directives and related forms

U.S. General Accounting Office report, “Advance Directives: Information on Federal Oversight, Provider Implementation, and Prevalence” (April 2015)

Ethics for Lunch Series 

Ethics for Lunch is a series of seminars, generally conducted at University of Miami Hospital; led by Dr. Raúl de Velasco; and based on case studies published in the Hastings Center Report (HCR), a leading bioethics journal. The series is open to all UM faculty and staff, who can earn certificates for attending a minimum number of sessions. For more information, email


March 22. "Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say" (HCR). HCR Case Study

April 26. "Refusing the Ethics Consultation" (HCR).


July 26. "Bad Words" (HCR, March-April 2014). HCR Case Study

August 23. "What I Really Wanted Before May Not Be What I Want Now" (HCR, May-June 2014). Presentation and HCR Case Study 

October 25. "Duty, Distress, and Organ Donation" (HCR, November-December 2014). HCR Case Study