Bioethics Committee

The Role of the Cedars-Sinai Bioethics Committee

The Cedar-Sinai Bioethics Committee is a standing committee of the Cedar-Sinai medical staff. Its membership, however, is multidisciplinary, drawing individuals from all elements of healthcare services within the organization, including, but not limited to, representatives from the faculty and voluntary medical staffs, nursing services, social services, administration, chaplaincy, various ancillary care staffs and faculty of the Center for Healthcare Ethics. In addition, the committee includes representatives from the lay public.

The function of the Bioethics Committee is to advise on matters consistent with Cedars-Sinai's Administrative Policy and Procedures Manuel listed in Article XIX of the Rules and Regulations. Regulation-specific duties of the committee include:

  • Advise in the formulation of Medical Staff Rules and Regulation and Policy and Procedures documents pertaining to ethical considerations within Cedars-Sinai
  • Provide a forum for discussion of ethical considerations associated with the organization's clinical, educational and research mission
  • Foster awareness of ethical issues and concerns within the organization by assisting in the creation and implementation of educational and informational programs and activities

In special instances, the Bioethics Committee may serve as a resource for the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service, which is the clinical service arm of the Center for Healthcare Ethics.

The Bioethics Committee is led by a chair who is appointed in accordance with Medical Staff Rules and Regulations. The director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics serves as the committee's co-chair.

Current Officers (2018-2020)

  • Chair
    Irving Lebovics, DDS
    Dentistry Program
  • Co-Chair
    Stuart G. Finder, PhD
    Director - CHE

Current Members

Center for Healthcare Ethics
  • Virginia L. Bartlett, PhD*
  • Andy B. Kondrat, PhD*
  • Kenneth Leeds, MD*
  • Caron Broidy
  • Pamela Fenton, MD (retired, Obstetrics & Gynecology)
  • Peter B. Gruenberg, MD (retired, Psychiatry & Psychoanalysis)
  • Carol H. Hurvitz, MD, (retired, Pediatrics/Hematology Oncology)
  • Jeffrey Pomerance, MD, MPH (retired, Neonatology)
  • Said Rahban, MD, (Refer & Follow – IM/Gastroenterology)
  • Tom Weinberger, MBA, MA*
Medical Staff
  • Jennifer Anger, MD, Urology
  • Gary Bellack, MD, Otolaryngology
  • Monika Chaudhry, MD, Psychiatry
  • Joel Geiderman, MD, Emergency Medicine
  • Nestor Gonzalez, MD, Neurosurgery
  • Behrooz Hakiman, MD, Radiation Oncology
  • Garo Harmandayan, MD, Supportive Care Medicine
  • Michelle Kittleson, MD, PhD, IM/Cardiology
  • Irving Lebovics, DDS, Dentistry Program*
  • Warren Lent, MD, Plastic Surgeon
  • Mercury Lin, MD, Pathology
  • Larry Maldonado, MD, General Internal Medicine *
  • Zab Mosenifar, MD, IM/Pulmonary & Critical Care*
  • Michael Nurok, MBchB, PhD, Anesthesiology Critical Care
  • Pablo Pazmino, MD, Orthopedics
  • Vee Pitis, MD, IM/General Internal Medicine
  • Stephen Robert, MD, Pediatrics/Critical Care
  • Harry Sax, MD, Surgery
  • Natasha Schimmoeller, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Colin Stokol, MD, Neurology
  • Dan Stone, MD, General Internal Medicine
  • Richard Sukov, MD, Radiology
  • Sam Torbati, MD, Emergency Medicine
  • Evgeny Tsimerinov, MD, Neurology
  • Michael Van Scoy-Mosher, MD, Hematology/Oncology
Nursing Staff
  • Harmik Abrahamian, RN, OR Services
  • Donna Bias, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Center for International Health
  • Kristi Butenschoen, RN, MSN, NP, Interventional Radiology
  • Kirsten Inducil, RN, MA, Supportive Care Medicine
  • Lori Mountain, RN, 4SE CN III
  • Leli Sarsozo, MN, RN, Education Program Coordinator
Other Staff
  • Eskedar Gobeze, RN (Lidia Toledo, RN, MSN), Patient Relations
  • Michelle Hackley, R.N., Esq., Risk Management*
  • Lydia Limenes, RN, Case Management
  • Ellen Mack, RNC, MN, Sr. Clinical Measurement Analyst, ROM*
  • Samantha Stewart, LCSW, Social Work*
  • Rabbi Jason Weiner, Senior Rabbi/Manager, Spiritual Care*

*Indicates membership on Bioethics Committee Executive Committee

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