Bioethical Issues Committee

The Bioethical Issues Committee examines the ethical as well as legal implications of health related matters. Some issues addressed by the Committee include stem cell research and legislation, physician assisted suicide, and electronic health records and confidentiality. The Committee has hosted speakers from the New York Organ Donor Network and The Eye Bank, who have given presentations on organ and tissue donation. The Committee’s most recent program was on palliative care, followed by a panel discussion with attorneys, physicians and ethicists. The Committee examined proposed legislation on palliative care in May 2010. The legislation required that doctors must provide information or counseling regarding options for end-of-life and palliative care to patients with a terminal condition or illness, and a prognosis of six months or less. The legislation was signed into law by former Governor Paterson. The Committee is currently analyzing Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative to prohibit NYC food stamp recipients from purchasing sodas and other sugar sweetened beverages with food stamps.

Letter to the Editor of the New York Times on increasing the N.I.H.'s budget - May 1, 2015

Event Podcast: Palliative Care and Ethics Committees: Diverse Approaches to Conflict (MP3) - March 20, 2014