Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD

Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, USA


Rebecca Weintraub Brendel is the director of the Master’s Degree Program at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. She bases her clinical work in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where she is the director of Law and Ethics at the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior, provides medical oversight for the hospital’s inpatient guardianship team, and practices clinical and forensic psychiatry.

Brendel has served in multiple roles at MGH over the past decade including as medical director of the One Fund Center for Boston Marathon bombing survivors, a psychiatrist on the Law & Psychiatry and Consultation Psychiatry Services, as clinical director of the Red Sox Foundation/MGH Home Base Program for post-9/11 service members and their families, and as associate director of the MGH-based Harvard Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship.

Brendel is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Brendel graduated from both University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at MGH and McLean Hospital and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at MGH.

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