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Joseph J. Fins, M.D. Elected President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

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The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph J. Fins has been elected President-Elect of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). Dr. Fins is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. He is also Director of Medical Ethics at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Fins was elected to this position in recognition of his important contributions to bioethics and his broad expertise in the field. 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.

"I am honored to have been elected and have this opportunity to serve our national society. I look forward to fostering the important contributions that my colleagues in bioethics and the medical humanities can make towards improving patient care, enriching medical education and informing health policy", says Dr. Fins.

Dr. Alvin Mushlin, Chairman of the Department of Public Health at Weill Cornell reflects, "I am delighted that a few years ago we had the opportunity to further develop medical ethics here at Weill Cornell under the leadership of Joe Fins. I am sure he will bring as much value to this national organization as he has to his home institution."

"This is a wonderfully fitting recognition of the national stature of Dr. Fins in the bioethics community", notes Dr. Andrew I. Schafer, Chairman of the Department of Medicine.

The ASBH works to promote the exchange of ideas and foster multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in all of the endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities. The Society's activities include encouraging consideration of issues in human values as they relate to health services, the education of healthcare professionals and research; conducting educational meetings dealing with such issues; stimulating research in areas of such concern; and contributing to the public discussion of these endeavors and interests including how they relate to public policy.

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