Our Mission

Our goal is to provide bioethics training that will directly benefit patients and research participants, and promote the development of ethically sound healthcare policy. We offer training programs that meet the needs of health and legal professionals who work on ethics committees, institutional review boards, and other decision-making bodies that are expected to make important, ethically complex assessments.

Our History

Our bioethics programs are among the earliest in the US, and began in 1995 with the Certificate Program, a collaboration between Montefiore and Columbia led by bioethics pioneers Nancy Dubler and David Rothman. Faculty of the program over the years include a Who's Who of Bioethics and the medical humanities in America: Rita Charon, Barron Lerner, Jeff Blustein, the late John Arras and Adrienne Asch, and many others. Among our hundreds of graduates are numerous leaders in healthcare ethics, many of whom credit the program with dramatically changing the direction of their career. Clinical Ethics has always been a strength of the program, drawing from the decades of cases and faculty experience from Montefiore.

The Masters' Program started in 2010 under the direction of Tia Powell, in collaboration with Ed Stein of Cardozo Law . The MBE offers a more in-depth experience to our former and new students. Our program continues to draw upon a rich mixture of medicine, law, narrative, fiction, and clinical experience to offer our students a unique and nuanced appreciation of ethical challenges in healthcare.

Learning Objectives:

The goal of the Masters’ Program and the Certificate Program is to train future and current professionals to translate bioethical theory into practice, with a focus on service-oriented aspects of bioethics; these include clinical bioethics consultation, health care ethics policy and the ethical practice of research involving human subjects.

Our Curriculum

Our integration of narrative approaches, consultation and mediation skills, along with legal and public health expertise, provides a carefully thought-out and unique approach to bioethics education.

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Our Students

Our students include doctors, lawyers, nurses, social workers, a range of other professionals, law and medical students and recent college graduates. They have as a common goal the desire to understand and balance the relationship between complicated medical issues and choices and the firmly held values of patients, families and providers.

Our Faculty and Staff

With our notable faculty and diverse, multidisciplinary programming, we provide the teaching and interactive experiences that allow healthcare and legal professionals to be leaders in the expanding field of bioethics.

Nancy N. Dubler

Senior Associate
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.

Alan Fleischman

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health
Alan Fleischman has published and lectured extensively in many areas of perinatal medicine and has been a pioneer in the field of bioethics and research ethics, emphasizing the rights of individual patients and the responsibilities of health care professionals and organizations. His positions have included, for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Medical Center Professor of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Director of the Division of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics. He became Senior Vice President and Medical Director of the March of Dimes Foundation where he developed multiple clinical and research initiatives to prevent preterm birth, infant mortality and birth defects. Dr. Fleischman has been a consultant to the National Institute of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration and Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He is an elected Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hastings Center and an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. He was also a founding member of the New York State Governor's Task Force on Life and the Law (Bioethics Commission) and served for 27 years.

Einstein-Cardozo Bioethics Graduate Education

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