Dr. Aulisio is the Chair of Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Bioethics and Co-Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics, MetroHealth, and Co-Director, Center for Clinical Ethics, University Hospitals. He works on issues at the intersection of technology, bioethics, and healthcare and is a member of the FES Center’s Bioethics Core.

He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on clinical bioethics, ethics consultation, organ donation and transplant, double effect and related areas and is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally.

In 2009, Dr. Aulisio was honored with the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ (ASBH) Distinguished Service Award for having helped to lead three national projects that resulted in Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation (1998), Status of Bioethics and Medical Humanities Graduate Training Programs in the North America Report (2002) and Improving Competencies in Ethics Consultation: An Education Guide (2009) respectively.

Dr. Aulisio also has extensive international bioethics experience which includes serving: as PI on clinical bioethics projects with colleagues at Kyoto University (2003-2004) and the University of Tokyo (2004-2006); as a co-investigator in University of Paris led 11 nation project on bioethics education (2006-2008); as co-investigator on a bioethics and citizenship project with Spanish colleagues at the University of Salamanca (2010-2021); and as a contributor to the Canadian Blood Services sponsored forum on the possibility of developing a National Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplant Program (2011).

Dr. Aulisio’s most recent international collaboration was as one of two CWRU faculty participants in the 11-university multinational effort of The Darwin Centre Trust’s Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion (2016-2019).

Publications (Select)

Camilo Arenas-Gallo,, Jonathan E. Shoag, and Mark P. Aulisio, “Exploring the Ethical Gray Zone of Adopting New Surgical Techniques: The Case of Retzius-Sparing Radical Prostatectomy,” (in submission 2023). Urol Pract. 2023 Oct 30:10. doi: 10.1097/UPJ.0000000000000469. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37902717.

Zagouras A, Ellick E, Aulisio M. Rethinking individual autonomy in medical decision-making for young adults reliant on caregiver support: A case report and analysis. Clinical Ethics. 2022;17(4):452-457. doi:10.1177/14777509211069896

Richard C. Lee, Mark P. Aulisio, and Raymond W. Liu, “Exploring the Ethics of Cosmetic Limb Lengthening Surgery as Treatment for Height Dysphoria,” Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction 2020;15(3):163-168.

Thomas May and Mark P. Aulisio, “Age, “Life-Cycles,” and the Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources,” CHEST,  2020 Nov;158(5):1837-1838.

Mark P. Aulisio and Thomas May, “Why Healthcare Workers Ought to Be Prioritized in ASMR During SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic,” The American Journal of Bioethics, 20:7, 2020: 125-125.

Entire publication list can be found here.

  1. (Meta-) Methodological Lessons for Ethics Consultation.
    Aulisio MP.2018 Sep 12. In: Finder SG, Bliton MJ, editors. Peer Review, Peer Education, and Modeling in the Practice of Clinical Ethics Consultation: The Zadeh Project [Internet]. Cham (CH): Springer; 2018.PMID: 31314388 Free Books & Documents. Review.


Cleveland FES Center

Susan E. Watson Professor and Chair, Department of Bioethics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Co-Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics
MetroHealth Medical Center

Co-Director, Center for Clinical Ethics
MetroHealth Medical Center
University Hospitals of Cleveland


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