Sergio Litewka, M.D., M.P.H.

Title/Position: Director, International Program


Dr. Sergio Litewka, M.D., M.P.H., is Director of International Operations for the UM Ethics Programs.

A faculty member in the UM Department of Surgery, he is project director for the Pan American Bioethics Initiative (PABI), a project funded by an NIH-Fogarty International Center grant. During the course of the PABI grant, Dr. Litewka received an honorary appointment in the Department of Medical Humanities at the University of Buenos Aires.

A native of Argentina, Dr. Litewka is a former consultant for healthcare reform projects in Latin America, and is now involved in research and education activities on human subjects protection and the responsible conduct of research for biomedical research in Latin America, in part as International Director for the CITI Program.

Selected publications

Heitman E, Litewka S. International Perspectives on Plagiarism and Considerations for Teaching International Trainees. Urologic Oncology 2011;29:104-108. PMID: 21194646. Available at

Litewka S. Ethics, Corruption and Regulations on Research. Perspectivas Bioéticas 2010;15:185-192.

Litewka S.  Quality, Health Systems and Governance: The Argentinean Case. Acta Bioethica 2010;16(2):148-154. Available at

Kaplan B, Litewka S. Ethical Challenges of Telemedicine and Telehealth. Cambridge Quarterly Healthcare Ethic s 2008;17(4):401-416. PMID: 18724880.

Litewka S. Goodman, KG., Braunschweiger, P. The CITI Program. An Alternative for Training Latin American Researchers in Research Ethics. Acta Bioethica 2008;14(1):54-60.

Litewka S. Planeación Ética de los Experimentos con Seres Humanos. Revista Colombiana de Bioética 2006;1(1):131-140.

In the news

Telemundo interview:Therapy for Children who Want to Change their Gender

Dr. Litewka’s lecture: Seminar on scientific publications, quality assessment and research integrity. Santiago, Chile, November 15th 2011

Stem Cells. Panel. Oppenheimer Presenta. Vme Network . Miami and Latin America

Holistic medicine. Panel.Oppenheimer presenta. Vme Network . Miami and Latin America

Dr. Litewka frequently interviews with CNN en Español and Hispanic radios in South Florida on various topics.

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