Published: 01/05/2021

Hosted by the Center for Innovation in Global Health and Faculty Women’s Forum and co-sponsored by The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research and Stanford WSDM Center.

Monday, Jan 11, 2021 | 4:00pm PST

(available for Stanford community only)

Health professionals have a moral duty to practice “upstanding” — intervening as bystanders — in response to sexual harassment and gender bias, an obligation that should be supported with institutional training.

In this conversation with Professor Michelle Mello and Michele Barry, Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health, we will explore the ethical imperative of and strategies for defying and correcting gender bias in medicine.

Michelle Mello (BA ’93) is a leading empirical health law scholar whose research is focused on understanding the effects of law and regulation on health care delivery and population health outcomes. She holds a joint appointment at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Medicine. Mello is the author of more than 200 articles on medical liability, public health law, pharmaceuticals and vaccines, biomedical research ethics and governance, health information privacy, and other topics.  Her investigations into the dynamics of medical malpractice litigation, the effects of medical liability reforms, the ability of hospitals to shift costs of medical errors to others, and allocating responsibility for medical errors between hospital systems and individual physicians have been particularly impactful. Mello’s publications appear in medical, health policy, and law journals, and she is a frequent contributor to the New England Journal of Medicine, most recently with her critical commentary, Standing Up against Gender Bias and Harassment — A Matter of Professional Ethics.