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Sadath Sayeed, JD, MD


Harvard Medical School
Division of Medical Ethics
641 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Email: sadath_sayeed@hms.harvard.edu


2000 M.D. University of Iowa College of Medicine
1993 J.D. University of Michigan Law School
1990 A.B. Dartmouth College


2000-03 Residency in Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
2003-06 Fellowship in Neonatology, University of California, San Francisco

Sadath A. Sayeed is Instructor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School where he serves as Director of the Program in Newborn Health and Social Change. He is a staff neonatologist at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is also Program Director for the Responsible Conduct of Research at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sayeed’s research focus has been on the social and ethical determinants of early childhood survival in resource rich and poor settings. He is the author of several peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on the same. Dr. Sayeed is co-founder and director of The International Pediatric Outreach Project, a service and delivery-oriented non-profit that partners with health care providers in Africa and India.


Introduction to Social Medicine
Medical Ethics and Professionalism
Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar


Social determinants of early childhood survival
Moral and ethical standing of women and children in resource poor settings
Role of professional ethics training in resource poor settings


Newborn care capacity-building projects in Africa, India, and Haiti


  • D.A. Schwartz, T.J. Quinn, P.S. Thorne, S. Sayeed, A. Yi, and A.M. Krieg. CpG motifs in bacterial DNA cause inflammation in the lower respiratory tract. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 1997; 100:1, 68-73.
  • Sayeed SA. Baby Doe Redux? The Department of Health and Human Services and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002: a cautionary note on normative neonatal practice. Pediatrics. 2005;116(4).
  • Sayeed, SA. The marginally viable newborn: legal challenges, conceptual inadequacies, and reasonableness. Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. 2006;34:3.
  • Sayeed, SA. Teaching ethics and trading organs. Indian J of Medical Ethics. 2009; 6(1) 25-7.
  • Miljeteig I., Sayeed SA, Jesani, A, Johansson, KJ, and Norheim OF. Different limits, different reasons: impact of economics and ethics on end-of-life decision-making in an Indian neonatal unit. Pediatrics 2009;124;e322-e328.
  • Sayeed, SA. Reflections on home-based neonatal care in Gadchrioli. Indian J of Medical Ethics. 2009; 6(4) 202-5.
  • Sayeed SA. The Infant’s Own Perspective and the Problem of Non-Identity. Georgia State Law Review. Summer 2009, Vol 25 (4) pp. 865-900.
  • Sayeed SA. Assessing the modified youngest-first principle and the idea of non-persons at the bedside: a clinical perspective. American Journal of Bioethics, 10(4):52-54, 2010.