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Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P. 

mary beth photois The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College where he is a Tenured Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medical Ethics in Neurology, Professor of Health Care Policy and Research, and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. He is the founding Chair of the Ethics Committee of New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center where he is an Attending Physician and Director of Medical Ethics. A member of the Adjunct Faculty of Rockefeller University and Senior Attending Physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital, he Co-Directs, the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury (CASBI) at Weill Cornell and Rockefeller. In 2014, he has served as the Dwight H. Terry Visiting Scholar in Bioethics and Visiting Professor in the History of Medicine at Yale and was appointed the Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics and the Law at Yale Law School in 2015. Dr. Fins is an elected Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The author of over 300 publications, his most recent book is Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and The Struggle for Consciousness (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Dr. Fins is also the author of A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life’s End (Jones and Bartlett, 2006) and a co-author of the 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state.

Michael Frankenthaler, MD, FACP
Chief, Palliative Medicine

mary beth photoDr. Michael Frankenthaler earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University, Binghamton NY. He attended medical school at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He completed an Internal Medicine residency and a fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care, both at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Frankenthaler was an Intensivist at NYU Medical Center-Tisch Hospital where he volunteered on the palliative care team, becoming very interested in the field. In July 2008, he joined the Palliative Medicine Section at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY and became the Medical Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Unit. In December 2014, Dr. Frankenthaler became the Chief of Palliative Medicine at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla NY.

Mark Freeman, Ph.D.

mary beth photoMark Freeman is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. His writings include Rewriting the Self: History, Memory, Narrative; Finding the Muse: A Sociopsychological Inquiry into the Conditions of Artistic Creativity; Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward; The Priority of the Other: Thinking and Living Beyond the Self; and numerous articles on issues ranging from the psychology of memory and identity to the psychology of art and religion. Winner of the 2010 Theodore R. Sarbin Award in the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, he is also a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and serves as editor for the Oxford University Press series “Explorations in Narrative Psychology.”

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