Administrative Program Coordinator
Elyse Berry, D.Min
Kelly Kent, DBE
Georgina Morley, Ph.D
Lauren R. Sankary, JD
Jordan Potter, PhD
Robert Michael Guerin, PhD
Hilary Mabel, JD
Transplant Ethics Fellow
Mahwish Ahmad, MD, MPH
Cleveland Clinic's Board of Governors created the Department of Bioethics in 1984. The impetus for the formation of the department was the realization that ethical issues in medical practice and research had immediate clinical and practical importance and that an institution dedicated to excellence in health care must have the benefit of bioethics services.
Initially, the department mission focused on developing and supporting the Ethics Committee and developing an ethics consultation service to address ethical issues arising in the course of patient care. Educational activities were correlated with the Ethics Committee during the early years of the department. Primarily, these were focused on clinical ethics topics such as end-of-life decision-making, advance directives, and withdrawal of life support. The department established and staffed an Ethics Consultation Service in conjunction with the Ethics Committee. This service provided support to a number of clinical programs such as organ transplantation program, and commenced ethics liaison services in a number of critical care units.
The Department's founding chairman, the late George Kanoti, STD, retired in 1997. During this time the F. J. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Bioethics was created and held by Dr. Kanoti. A review committee recommended that Bioethics should increase its academic focus to augment the department's traditional commitment to clinical ethics services. George J. Agich, PhD was recruited as Chairman in 1997 and served until 2004. In a shift toward adding empirical and funding research, Eric Kodish, MD was recruited as Chairman in November 2004 and served until 2016. During this time, the Department administratively became part of the Office of Patient Experience, which is charged with patient experience, “person centered” design and supporting health care providers. Paul J. Ford, PhD assumed the role of interim Chair during 2017 with an increased focus on supporting individuals in moral distress with emphasis on continuous improvement.
At the end of 2017, the Department became the Center for Bioethics to better reflect the broad integration and collaboration throughout the Cleveland Clinic enterprise. Dr. Ford is the inaugural Director of this center and the current F. J. O’Neill Chair. The Center currently has eight core faculty and five fellows, in addition to numerous formal and informal collaborators and secondary appointments.
The Center for Bioethics is currently engaged in clinical, research and educational activities. There is an increased focus on helping frontline healthcare providers, patients, and family with continuous improvement methods built into the process. Bioethics has a long history of offering internships and fellowships. Recent clinical ethics fellowships include the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics (CFAB), Transplantation Ethics Fellowship, and Neuroethics Fellowship.
Giving to Bioethics
Many of our services are supported by the generous donations of individuals, groups and institutions. Those who recognize the importance of Bioethics at Cleveland Clinic may want to offer financial support of our programs.
If you would like to help, or for more information, contact Cynthia Wright at 216.444.8721.
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