Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Powell is Director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and of the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program. She is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Division of Bioethics, and Clinical Psychiatry. She has bioethics expertise in public policy, dementia, consultation, end of life care, decision-making capacity, bioethics education and the ethics of public health disasters. She served four years as Executive Director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, which functions as New York State’s bioethics commission. She co-chaired a New York State 2007 workgroup that devised ethical and clinical guidance for allocating ventilators in an influenza pandemic. She worked with the Institute of Medicine on 5 separate projects related to public health disasters, including as co-chair of the IOM report on antibiotics for anthrax attack. Dr. Powell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College. At Yale Medical School she earned the Parker Prize, Yale’s highest award for a graduating medical student. She completed her internship, psychiatric residency and Consultation-Liaison fellowship at Columbia. She is a board certified psychiatrist and Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association.
Select Recent Publications
T. Powell, “Life Imitates Work,” JAMA. 2011;305(6):542-543.
T. Powell, HI Lipman, “Bioethics Consultation Before and After the Family Health Care Decisions Act,” New York State Bar Association Health Law Journal, 2011;16(1): 71-6.
A. Antommaria, T. Powell, et al, “Ethics and Pediatric Mass Critical Care,” chapter in CDC Pediatric Emergency Mass Critical Care Supplement, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, November 2011.
Institute of Medicine, Committee on Prepositioned Medical Countermeasures for the Public, Eds. C Stroud, K Viswanathan, T Powell, R Bass, Prepositioning Antibiotics for Anthrax, National Academies Press, 2012. (Committee Co-chair)
Institute of Medicine, Committee on Standards of Care for Disaster Situations, Crisis Standards of Care: A Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response, National Academies Press, 2012. (Drafted section on ethics issues.)
T Powell, D Hanfling, L Gostin, “Emergency Preparedness and Public Health: the lessons of Hurricane Sandy,” JAMA, December 26, 2012; 38(24): 2569-70.
J Hodge, D Hanfling, T Powell, “Practical, Ethical and Legal Challenges Underlying Crisis Standards of Care,” Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Supplement 41:1, Spring, 2013; 50-56.
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BBC’s Newshour interviews Dr. Tia Powell on the ethics of using experimental drug treatments in light of the current Ebola outbreak.
U.S. News & World Report (via HealthDay) interviews bioethicist Dr. Tia Powell about a new study that found advanced directives, also known as living wills, are very important in shaping the care that's provided to patients and reduces the cost of end-of-life care, which accounted for more than one-quarter of total Medicare spending last year.