Bioethics Committee

The Role of the CSMC Bioethics Committee

Cedar-Sinai Medical Center's 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 medical center, 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 the Medical Center's Administrative Policy and Procedures Manuel listed in Article XIX of the Rules & Regulations Regulation Specific duties of the Committee include:

  • Advise in the formulation of Medical Staff Rules and Regulation and Policy & Procedures documents pertaining to ethical considerations within the Medical Center.
  • Provide a forum for discussion of ethical considerations associated with the Medical Center's clinical, educational, and research mission
  • Foster awareness of ethical issues and concerns within the Medical Center 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 Chairman who is appointed in accordance to Medical Staff Rules and Regulation. The Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics serves as the committee's Co-Chair.


Current Officers (2014-2016)
ChairCo- Chair  Vice - Chair
Daniel Stone, MD
General Internal Medicine
Stuart G. Finder, PhD
Director - CHE
Eve Makoff, MD
General Internal Medicine


Virginia Bartlett, Ph.D. - Assistant Director
Kenneth Leeds, MD - Associate Director

Caron Broidy
Peter B. Gruenberg, MD ( Psychiatry & Psychoanalysis)
Jeffery Pomerance, MD, MPH (retired - Neonatology)
Tom Weinberger, MBA, MA

Elizabeth Behringer, MD - Anesthesiology/Critical Care
Eugenio Cingolani, MD, IM/Cardiology
Francis Dailey, MD - General Internal Medicine
Rena Falk, MD, Medical Genetics
Pamela Fenton, MD -  Obstetrics & Gynecology
Joel Geiderman, MD - Co-Director, Emergency Medicine
Carol H. Hurvitz, MD - Pediatrics/Hem-Onc
Carole Jordan-Harris, MD, MS - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ellen Klapper, MD - Pathology and Labratory
Irving Lebovics, DDS, Dentistry Program 
Deborah Lehman, MD -Pediatrics
Arthur Lipper, MD, General Internal Medicine
Larry Maldonado, MD - General Internal Medicine (Critical Care)
Heather Merry, MD, Thoracic Surgery
Asma Moheet, MD - Neurology/Critical Care
Zab Mosenifar, MD, IM/Pulmonary & Critical Care
Said Rahban, MD, IM/Gastoenterlogy
Bradley Rosen, MD - General Internal Medicine
Irwin Ruben, MD, Psychiatry
Virginia Russell, MD, IM/Endocrinology
Kaveh Sharif, MD, IM/Nephrology
Anna Solt, MD - Psychiatry
Colin Stokol, MD, Neurology
Nicolas Szumski, MD - Neurology
Sam Torbati, MD -Emergency Medicine
Evgeny Tsimerinov, MD, PhD -Neurology
Michael Van Scoy-Mosher, MD -  Hematology Oncology
Cristianne Vallera, MD, Anesthesiology
Alan Weinberger, MD - IM/Rheumatology

Harmik Abrahamian, RN, CNIV, CNOR - OR/Anes
Donna Bias, RN - Clinical Coordinator, Center for International Health
Kristi Butenschoen, RN, MSN, NP, Interventional Radiology
Janet Kimble, CCRN - Pediatrics Pulmonary
Ellen Mack, RNC, MN -  Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, NICU
Lori Mountain, RN, 4SE CN III
Marilyn Shirk, MN, RN, Mental Health CNS, Nursing Liaison
Sophia Telfer, RN, 6SE CN III
Ariel Weber, RN, CSICU CN III

Eskedar Gobeze, RN (Lidia Toledo, RN, MSN)  - Patient Relations
Lydia Limenes, RN - Case Management
Samantha Stewart, LCSW - Case Management./Social Work
Rabbi Jason Weiner - Senior Rabbi/Manager, Spiritual Care
Phyllis Winston, RN, Esq.- Risk Management

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