Einstein-Cardozo Bioethics Graduate Education

Core Faculty and Staff

Tia Powell

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Appointments:
Director
Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics
Certificate and Masters Programs in Bioethics

Chief
Bioethics Committee for Montefiore Medical Center

Professor
Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health
Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Education:
BA, Harvard University
MD, Yale Medical School
Residency, Psychiatry, Columbia Presbyterian
Fellowship, Consultation-Liaison, Columbia Presbyterian

 

Contact:
tpowell@montefiore.org
718.920.4630

Bio:
Tia Powell is recognized for her work in ethics education, end of life care, organ transplantation, ethics consultation and ethics policy, especially regarding public health disasters. She has served on several Institute of Medicine workgroups related to disaster response and planning, including becoming co-author of its 2009 report on standards of care in disasters, and co-chair of its current study on access to antibiotics in case of anthrax attack. She was also co-author of the landmark 2007 Chest series of articles on disaster preparation, and has served on the 2010 CDC workgroup assessing pediatric implications of disaster policies. She was formerly the Executive Director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, which functions as New York State’s Governor-appointed bioethics commission. She founded the Ethics Consultation Service at Columbia Presbyterian in 1992, and has provided bioethics expertise to numerous groups, including the New York State Cardiac Advisory Committee, the Empire State Stem Cell Ethics Committee, and the federal Secretary's Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections (SACHRP). She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Powell is a member of the original faculty of the Certificate Program in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities, and has delighted in teaching bioethics for nearly twenty years.

 
 

Hannah I. Lipman

Hannah LipmanAppointments:
Associate Director
Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics
Chief of the Bioethics Consultation Service

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Divisions ofGeriatrics and Cardiology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Education:
BA, Economics, Northwestern University
MD, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan
Fellowship, Cardiology, Tufts Medical Center
Fellowships in Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Mount Sinai

Contact:
hlipman@montefiore.org
718.920.4630

Bio:
Hannah Lipman specializes in ethics consultation, bioethics education and ethics issues arising in geriatrics and cardiology. She is a graduate of the Montefiore-Einstein Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and as chief of the Bioethics Consultation Service leads a multidisciplinary team of professionals who help health care providers, patients and families resolve ethical dilemmas. She honed her skills in ethics education after receiving a HRSA-funded Geriatric Academic Career Award to develop geriatrics informed curricula in surrogate decision-making, and teaches bioethics to a variety of learners focusing on communication skills, conflict resolution, surrogate decision making and caring for patients without capacity who refuse treatment. She is currently piloting a multi-institutional study on the ethical implications of ICD therapy, and is also the co-chair of the system-wide work group charged with implementing the Family Health Care Decisions Act.

Lauren Flicker

Lauren FlickerAppointment:
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies
Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics

Education:
BA, Law and Society,Oberlin College
MBE, Bioethics,University of Pennsylvania
JD, University of Pennsylvania

Contact:
lflicker@montefiore.org
718.920.4630

Bio:
Lauren Sydney Flicker specializes in reproductive ethics, ethical issues in end of life care, and ethics consultation. Most recently, she was a fellow in the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics, a multi-institutional program administered by the Cleveland Clinic. Prior to her fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, she was a litigation associate at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. In 2010, Ms. Flicker was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics and an adjunct professor at Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University of Philadelphia.

 
 

Stacy Govan

stacy-govanAppointment:
Center and Programs Manager
Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics

Education:
BS, Accounting, Lehman College, CUNY
MS, Taxation, Baruch College, CUNY

Contact:
sgovan@montefiore.org
718.920.4630

Bio:
Stacy Govan specializes in finance, tax and grant administration as well as the management of clinical services and educational programs. She has been an Associate at H & R Block for several years and has worked at Lehman College's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

 
 
 

Affiliates of the Center

Ethan Cowan

Appointments:
Department of Emergency Medicine
Jacobi Medical Center

Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Education:
MD, New York University School of Medicine
Residency, Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate
MS, Clinical Research Methods, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Contact:
ethan.cowan@nbhn.net
718.918.3050

Bio:
Ethan Cowan’s interests are in the ethics of HIV testing, treatment and research. He combines practice at Jacobi Medical Center's ER with his current NIH funding to study the ethical implications of provider-initiated opt-out HIV testing in the emergency room setting.

Janet L. Dolgin

Janet DolginAppointments:
Director
Hofstra Institute for Health Law and Policy

Co-Director
Hofstra University Bioethics Center
Jack and Freda Dicker Professor of Health Care Law
Hofstra School of Law

Professor of Science Education
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Education:
BA, Philosophy, Barnard College
PhD, Anthropology, Princeton University
JD, Yale Law School

Contact:
lawjld@hofstra.edu
516.463.5873

Bio:
Janet Dolgin's scholarly work combines her training in anthropology and in law. In recent years, she has focused on analyzing how shifting understandings of personhood and of community have stimulated changes in both health care and family life in the United States. Professor Dolgin has authored several books, including Jewish Identity and the JDL (Princeton University Press), Symbolic Anthropology (co-edited, Columbia University Press), Defining the Family (NYU Press), and Bioethics and the Law (Aspen Publishers). Much of her article publication has analyzed legal responses to shifts in the family (including those occasioned by developments in reproductive technology and by the “new genetics”) and to shifts in the structure of health care in the United States and elsewhere. Her most recent work focuses on disparities in health and in health care, and she is now writing a book analyzing the failure of the United States to construct a system of health care delivery that provides universal coverage. She lectures widely in the United States and abroad about health care law, family law and bioethics.

 
 

Nancy N. Dubler

nancy dublerAppointments:
Consultant for Ethics
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation

Senior Associate
Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics

Professor Emerita
Department of Family and Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Edcation:
BA, Barnard College
LLB, Harvard Law School

Contact:
ndubler@montefiore.org
212.362.3649

Bio:
Nancy Dubler lectures internationally on a range of bioethics issues, most particularly bioethics mediation and human subjects research. She founded and directed the Bioethics Consultation Service at Montefiore Medical Center (1978-2008) as a support for analysis of difficult clinical cases presenting ethical issues in the health care setting; this service uses mediation as its primary intervention. She also founded and directed the Certificate Program in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities (1995 to 2008). She is the author of numerous articles and books on ethical issues in research with human subjects, termination of care, home care and long-term care, geriatrics, adolescent medicine, prison and jail health care, and AIDS. Her recent books are: Bioethics Mediation: A Guide to Shaping Shared Solutions, with Carol Liebman, Vanderbilt University Press (2011); Ethics for Health Care Organizations: Theory, Case Studies, and Tools, with Jeffrey Blustein and Linda Farber Post (2002); The Ethics and Regulation of Research with Human Subjects, with Coleman, Menikoff and Goldner (Lexis/Nexis, 2005); and Handbook for Health Care Ethics Committees, with Post and Blustein (Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2007). She is currently Consultant for Ethics at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, the nation’s largest public hospital system.

Elizabeth Kitsis

elizabeth kitsisAppointments:
Director of Bioethics Education (for medical students)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Medicine (Rheumatology)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Education:
BS, Tufts University
MD, Cornell University Medical College
MBE, University of Pennsylvania

Contact:
elizabeth.kitsis@einstein.yu.edu
718.430.4242

Bio:
Elizabeth Kitsis's research and teaching focuses on pharmaceutical ethics and conflict of interest, as well as ethical issues related to physician shadowing. Before arriving at Einstein, she was a vice president at Pfizer Inc, where she introduced a course on research ethics. As Director of Bioethics Education at the medical school, she develops and leads the bioethics curriculum for Einstein students, and also conducts research on bioethics learning. She is a member of Einstein's Bioethics Committee, the Institutional Review Board, and the Committee on Conflict of Interest. A practicing rheumatologist, she is also a member of the American College of Rheumatology Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest.

 
 

Carol B. Liebman

carol liebmanAppointments:
Founder, Mediation Clinic
Director, Negotiation Workshop
Columbia Law School

Clinical Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Education:
BA, Wellesley College
MA, Rutgers University
JD, Boston University School of Law

Contact:
cliebman@law.columbia.edu
212.854.8557

Bio:
Carol Liebman is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer in conflict resolution, and has taught negotiation and mediation in Vietnam, Israel, Brazil and China. She has mediated cases involving medical malpractice, discrimination, family issues, public agencies, community disputes, business conflicts and educational institutions. She has designed and presented mediation training for The Certificate Program in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities; New York’s First Department, Appellate Division, Attorney Disciplinary Committee; the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and high school students, parents and teachers. Her positions have included membership in New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (2003-2009) and co-principal investigator for the Demonstration Mediation and ADR Project, a part of the Project on Medical Liability in Pennsylvania (http:/medliabilitypa.org) funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. She is the co-principal investigator for the Mediating Suits Against Hospitals (MeSH) study and co-authored, with Nancy Dubler, Bioethics Mediation, A Guide to Shaping Shared Solutions, (2004; Revised and Expanded Edition, Vanderbilt University Press, 2011). 

Ruth Macklin

ruth macklinAppointments:
Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Education:
BA, Philosophy, Cornell University
PhD, Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University

Contact:
ruth.macklin@einstein.yu.edu
718.430.3574

Bio:
Ruth Macklin is an internationally recognized expert in international bioethics and global health ethics. She has been teaching and doing research in bioethics since 1971 and has been a member of the Einstein faculty since 1980. She is author or editor of eleven books and has published more than 200 articles in scholarly and professional journals. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, and serves on two committees at the World Health Organization: the HIV Vaccine Advisory Committee and the Research Proposal Review Panel in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research. For the past ten years she has been director or co-director of an NIH Fogarty International Center training program in research ethics in Latin America. She is a past president of the International Association of Bioethics, and past chair of the Ethics Review Committee at UNAIDS and the external Ethics Committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 
 

Edward Reichman

eduard reichmanAppointments:
Department of Emergency Medicine
Jacobi Medical Center

Professor
Clinical Emergency Medicine
Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Education:
BA, Yeshiva University
Rabbinic Ordination, Yeshiva University
MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency in Emergency Medicine, Jacobi/Montefiore

Contact:
ereichman@montefiore.org
718.920.5731

Bio:
Ed Reichman's work is devoted to the interface of medical history and Jewish law. He writes and lectures widely in the field of Jewish medical ethics, and has combined his teaching with sustained mentorship at Yeshiva's Student Medical Ethics Society, since its inception in 2005. He is the recipient of a Kornfeld Foundation Fellowship, and has been a member of the advisory boards of the Institute for Genetics and Public Policy, the New York Organ Donor Network, the Halakhic Organ Donor Society, and the Rabbinical Council of America.


Edward Stein

edward steinAppointments:
Vice Dean
Director, Program in Family Law, Policy and Bioethics
Cardozo School of Law

Professor of Law
Cardozo School of Law

Education:
BA, Philosophy; Computer Science, Williams College
PhD, Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
JD, Yale Law School

Contact:
estein2@yu.edu
212.790.0310

Bio:
Ed Stein specializes in family law, sexuality, gender and the law, and bioethics. Before joining the Cardozo faculty, he taught in philosophy departments at Yale University, Mount Holyoke College and New York University. In 2001-02, he clerked for Judge Dolores Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is the author of numerous articles and books on legal, philosophical and scientific topics, including The Mismeasure of Desire: The Science, Theory and Ethics of Sexual Orientation and Without Good Reason: The Rationality Debate in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, both published by Oxford University Press, as well as the editor of Forms of Desire: Sexual Orientation and the Social Constructionist Controversy. His current research focuses on issues at the intersection of family law and sexual orientation. He maintains a web site and a blog for the Huffington Post 

 
 

Adrienne Asch

Adrienne AschAppointments:
Founding Director
Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University

 

A Remembrance from Tia Powell, M.D. 

We mourn the passing of our friend and colleague Adrienne Asch. During the decade of her work here at Yeshiva and at Einstein, she was a powerful force in Bioethics, as she was across the country. She taught our medical students and also taught in both the Certificate and the MBE programs in Bioethics, as well as in our Public Health program. Her passion for bioethics, her razor-sharp intellect, and the depth and breadth of her knowledge made her an incomparable colleague.

Like many who knew Adrienne, I have had the occasion to disagree with her, and she was as forceful an opponent as I care to meet. But what made Adrienne so unusual is that she was able and willing to work through disagreements. Indeed having come through one difficult patch together formed a far stronger and more intimate bond. Importantly, Adrienne could also be as staunch an ally as one would wish. We wrote a paper together in response to an article that upset us both deeply, in which the author argued that those disabled by dementia had an obligation, not an option, to commit suicide. Given Adrienne’s established position regarding the rights of the disabled, and my own mother’s diagnosis of dementia, we were united in the desire to disagree forcefully with our colleague. Our response was angry, and we felt justifiably so. However, the experience of writing together was anything but fraught – rather it was an opportunity to share in the thought process of a genuinely creative, brilliant woman whom it was my privilege to know. We will not see her like again.

 
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