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Joseph J. Fins, MD, FACP is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College where he serves as Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. Dr. Fins is also Director of Medical Ethics at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Rockefeller University and a Senior Attending Physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital.

An Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Fins chairs the hospital’s ethics committee and teaches medicine and bioethics. The author of over 250 publications in medical ethics and health policy, his most recent book is A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life’s End (Jones and Bartlett, 2006). His current scholarly interests include ethical and policy issues in brain injury and disorders of consciousness, palliative care, research ethics in neurology and psychiatry, medical education and methods of ethics case consultation. He is a co-author of the 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state.

Dr. Fins is President-Elect of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a Governor of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Editorial Boards of Neuroethics, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, The Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, The Oncologist and BioMed Central Medical Ethics. He is a Trustee of the American College of Physicians Foundation and has served on the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University, the Fund for Modern Courts and New York’s Attorney General’s Commission on Quality Care at the End of Life. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, The New York Academy of Medicine and The Hastings Center.

Division of Medical Ethics
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center
435 East 70th St. Suite 4-J
NY NY 10021 USA
Phone: 212-746-4246
Fax: 212-746-8738

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