Physicians, nurses, and patients and their families, are regularly faced with difficult ethical questions, conflicts, and dilemmas.
How to balance respect for patient decision making (even imprudent decision-making) with a duty to promote the patient's health and welfare?
What does good medical surrogate decision-making look like?
What should be done when surrogate decision-makers disagree about what is best for a patient that cannot make decisions for himself?
Is it morally acceptable to withdraw life sustaining medical treatments?
What I Do
As a clinical ethicist, I work alongside physicians, nurses, and patients and their families to identify, clarify, analyze, address, and resolve these types (and more) of ethical questions, conflicts, and dilemmas. This often involves:
1- Communicating by phone and in-person with health care providers and patients and their families.
2- Participating in and sometimes facilitating meetings between patients/families and the medical team.
3- Contributing to interdisciplinary rounds with the medical team.
4- Writing notes with understandable and useful ethics advice in the patient's medical record.
I completed a practical fellowship in clinical ethics at the Cleveland Clinic (2014-2016), where I participated in 131 ethics consultations.
I am employed full-time by a large healthcare system in Georgia, and have independently conducted more than 100 ethics consultations (since starting in 2016).
Total Years of Experience: 2.5 Years in Health Care
Settings: Quaternary Health Care Center (Cleveland Clinic), Community Hospitals (Acute Care), Large Health Care Systems