Short CV/Education and training

  • Samia Hurst is professor of Bioethics at Geneva University Medical School. She is a physician bioethicist, and trained as an internist before going on to train as a bioethicist at the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the US National Institutes of Health. She is ethics consultant to the Geneva University Hospitals' clinical ethics council, editor of the Swiss bioethics journal Bioethica Forum, past president of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Ethics, one of the founding members of the European Clinical Ethics Network, and a member of several ethics committees including the Central Ethics Committee at the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics. Her research focuses on fairness in clinical practice, and the protection of vulnerable persons.

Selected publications

  • Hurst SA: The ethics of selling body parts. In Rainhorn JD and El Boudamoussi S (Edts). Globalisation and Commodification of the Human Body: a cannibal market. Editions Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. Sous Presse. 2015

  • Tavaglione N, Martin A, Mezger N, Durieux S, François A, Jackson Y, Hurst SA: Fleshing out vulnerability. Bioethics. 2015;29(2):98-107

  • Hurst SA, Mauron A, Momjian S, Burkhard PR: Ethical criteria for human trials of stem cell-derived dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's disease. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. 2015;6(1):52-60

  • Danis M, Hurst SA, Fleck L, Forde R, Slowther AM: Toward Fair Rationing at the Bedside. Oxford University Press. 2014.

  • Ottersen T, Norheim OF, Berhane F, Chitah B, Cookson R, Daniels N, Eyal N, Flores W, Gosseries A, Hausman D, Hurst S, Kapiriri L, Ord T, Reis A, Sadana R, Saeunz C, Segall S, Sen G, Edejer T, Voorhoeve A, Wikler D, Yamin A: Making fair choices on the path to universal coverage. Bulletin of the WHO. 2014;92:389

  • Martin A., Tavaglione N., Hurst SA: Resolving the conflict: clarifying ‘vulnerability’ in health care ethics. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 2014;24(1): 51-72

  • Eyal N, Hurst SA: Do health workers have a duty to work in underserved areas? In ArrasJ, Fenton E, Kukla R: Routledge Companion to Bioethics. 2014.

  • Tilburt J, Wynia M, Sheller RD, Thorsteinsdottir B, James K, Egginton JS, Liebow M, Hurst SA, Danis M, Goold SD: Conflicted and Divided: US Physicians' Views on Addressing Health Care Costs. JAMA. 2013:310(4):380-8

  • Eyal N, Hurst SA, Norheim O, Wikler D : Health Inequalities – Concept, Measures, Ethics. Oxford University Press. 2013

  • Ilic N, Auchlin A, Hadengue A, Wenger A, Hurst SA: Informed consent forms in oncology research: linguistic tools identify recurrent pitfalls. American Journal of Bioethics – Primary research. 2013 ; 4(4):39-54

  • Hurst S.: Clinical Ethics. In Callahan D., Chadwick R., Singer P.: Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Elsevier. 2012

  • Calain P., Fiore N., Poncin M., Hurst S.: Research Ethics and International Epidemic Response : the Case of Ebola and Marburg Haemorrhagic Fevers. Public Health Ethics. 2009;2(1):7-29



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Understanding Implicit bias in clinical care, Swiss National Science Foundation.

    http://p3.snf.ch/project-149407

  • Co-investigator in "Medical end-of-life decisions: prevalence and trends in Switzerland", NRP 67, http://p3.snf.ch/project-139309

  • ENABLE-Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Health Care, Swiss National Science Foundation, http://p3.snf.ch/project-123340

  • Swiss-CHAT: Fostering Ethical Deliberation on Priorities in the Swiss Health Care System, Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and National Institutes of Health

  • 'Ethics' group within the PROMETHEUS consortium – Pluripotent Stem Cells for Therapy of Parkinson's Disease, Swiss National Science Foundation, http://p3.snf.ch/Project-125408

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics

  • Member of the Central Ethics Commission of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. Chair, subcommission on Clinical ethics support for the Central Ethics Commission of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences, from 2009 to 2012

  • Member of the Senate of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences

  • Ethicist for the independent expert group for the Health Agenda 2020 of the Federal Department of the Interior, Switzerland

  • Member of the World Health Organization Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage from 2012 to 2014

  • Chair of the Ethics committee for the Handicap foundations of Geneva

  • Support for the development of clinical ethics committees: Fribourg hospitals, Geneva home care services

  • Harvard-Brocher-Geneva Summer Academies in Global Population Health, Organization committee

    2010: "Measurements and ethical evaluation of health inequalities"

    2012: "Distributing human resources for health: ethics and policy"

    2014: "Ethical issues in the measurement of the Global burden of disease"

  • Member of the Geneva Cantonal Commission on Animal Experimentation, since 2009

  • President, Swiss Society for Biomedical Ethics, 2008 – 2010

  • Bioethica Forum Editor, since 2007

  • Member of the WHO Ethics Review Committee, from 2007 to 2013. Participant in various WHO consultations on issues in biomedical ethics, since 2006.

  • Member of the Ethics Review Committee at the Geneva University Hospitals, since 2004

  • European Clinical Ethics Network, founding member, since 2004

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