Faculty Profile

Dr. Patricia (Tia) Powell, M.D.

Patricia (Tia) Powell, M.D.

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Division Head, Biomedical and Bioethics Research Training, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Dr. Shoshanah Trachtenberg Frackman Faculty Scholar in Biomedical Ethics

Areas of Research: Dr. Powell is Director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics. Her work focuses on bioethics issues in public policy, dementia, mediation/consultation, end of life care, bioethics education & public health disasters.

Professional Interests

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 Epidemiology, Division of Bioethics, and Psychiatry. She focuses on bioethics issues related to public policy, dementia, consultation, end of life care, LGBT people, and 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 has worked with the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine on many projects related to public health and ethics, and most recently served on the 2017 report on community approaches to address health inequities.  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, the American Psychiatric Association and The Hastings Center. Dr.Powell's book on dementia will be available February, 2019.

Selected Publications

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.

T Powell, “Brain Death: What Health Professionals Should Know,” Invited Editorial, American Journal of Critical Care, May, 2014; 23(3):263-6.

L Biddison, K Berkowitz, B Courtney, M De Jong, A Devereaux, N Kissoon, C Sprung, T Powell, “Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Disasters and Pandemics:Ethical Considerations: CHEST Consensus Statement,” Chest, On-Line First, August, 2014, doi:10.1378/chest.14-0742. (This and following article were part of a 2 year project for the American College of Chest Physicians to delineate best practices for critical care in public health crises.)

B Courtney, J Hodge, E Toner, B Roxland, M Penn, N Kissoon, A Devereaux, M Christian, J Dichter, T Powell, “Consensus Statement on Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Disasters and Pandemics 2013:Legal Preparedness,” Chest, On-Line First, August, 2014. doi:10.1378/chest.14-0741.  

T Powell, MB Foglia, “The Time is Now: Bioethics and LGBT Issues,” LGBT Bioethics: Visibility, Disparities, and Dialogue, Editors’ Introduction to special report, Hastings Center Report 44, no. 5 (2014): S2-S3.

T Powell, E Stein, “Legal and Ethical Concerns About Sexual Orientation Change Efforts,” LGBT Bioethics: Visibility, Disparities, and Dialogue, special report, Hastings Center Report 44, no. 5 (2014): S32-S39.

Institute of Medicine, “Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action,” Dan G. Blazer (Chair), Kristine Yaffe (Co-Chair), Members in Alphabetical Order: Marilyn Albert, Sara J. Czaja, Donna Fick, Lisa P. Gwythe, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Sharon K. Inouye, Jason Karlawish, Arthur F. Kramer, Andrea Z. LaCroix, John H. Morrison, Tia Powell, David Reuben, Leslie Snyder, Robert B. Wallace; National Academies Press, April, 2015.

T Powell, "Health Policy and Dementia," Current Psychiatry Reports(2018) 20:4.


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Master of Science in Bioethics

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In the News

New York Times quotes Dr. Tia Powell on gender disparities in healthcare.

STAT News publishes an op-ed by Dr. Tia Powell on the ethical issues associated with a new “smart pill,” which can track if a patient has taken their medication or not.

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