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Who We Are

Ethics Support Service Staff


Lachlan Forrow, MD

Lachlan Forrow, MD, is Director of Ethics Programs and Director of Palliative Care Programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He served for many years as President of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, and from 2010-2013 as President of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon.

Dr. Forrow earned his AB (summa cum laude in Philosophy) from Princeton University in 1978 and his MD from Harvard Medical School (HMS) in 1983. He has been active for more than 30 years in the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which was honored in 1985 with the Nobel Peace Prize, including service as IPPNW's Board Chair and CEO. In 2007, Dr. Forrow was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Forrow has lectured widely and published numerous articles and book chapters on issues in medical ethics education, palliative care, medical decision-making, and the social responsibilities of physicians. His work has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and other leading publications.

Stephen F. O'Neill, LICSW, BCD, JD

Stephen F. O'Neill, LICSW, BCD, JD, is the Associate Director of the Ethics Support Service at BIDMC and Social Work Manager for Psychiatry, Primary Care, and Infectious Disease. He completed a fellowship in Bioethics in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work.

Mr. O'Neill holds the positions of Director of Medical Education in Social Work at BIDMC and Social Work Consultant at the Massachusetts Medical Benevolent Society in Waltham. He chairs the National Association of Social Work's Massachusetts Chapter's Committee on Ethics and Professional Review, the adjudicatory arm of NASW. He has extensive teaching experience, numerous committee assignments including the Professional Review Task Force of NASW, Harvard Medical School's Ethics Consortium and Harvard Medical School's Ethics Leadership Group. He is the author/co-author of a number of articles, chapters and a book entitled Legal Issues in Social Work (2004).

Wendy McHugh, RN, MS

Wendy McHugh is the Clinical Nurse Ethicist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She provides individual ethics consultations to patients and staff members, facilitates monthly Ethics Rounds on 18 units, co-coordinates a monthly Ethics Case Conference and the Ethics Liaison Group. Wendy is as a member of the Ethics Advisory Committee at BIDMC and a member of the Harvard Ethics Leadership Group.

Wendy earned both her BS in Nursing and Master's in Nursing Administration from Northeastern University. She practiced as an intensive care unit nurse for 22 years. In 2000, she attended the Intensive Bioethics course at the Kennedy Institute at Georgetown University as a BIDMC Kraft Scholar. And in 2004, she completed the Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. In addition to her focus on ethics and healthcare quality in the critical care setting, she is also interested in ethics at the end of life.

Contact Information

Ethic Support Services Office
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus, YA-109
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-3095
Fax: 617-667-2854