Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics

Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics

The Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics (CFAB) is a two-year, full-time in-person program designed to prepare graduates to become leaders in clinical ethics. It is our belief that a robust clinical training program must not only prepare fellows to perform clinical ethics consultation independently and contribute to existing scholarship, but also lead an ethics program.

Established in 2007, the fellowship is one of the longest running and most prestigious clinical ethics training programs in the U.S., having trained more than 25 bioethicists. Former fellows can be found leading programs across the country, contributing to bioethics literature and innovating the field. The fellowship draws on the robust bioethics community and major medical centers in the greater-Cleveland area to provide comprehensive clinical ethics consultation experience, opportunities for focused scholarly activities in fellows' respective areas of interest, ethics education, experience in organizational service activities and training in  leadership and professionalism skills including ethics program development. Completion of program requirements will prepare fellows for careers primarily in the clinical setting as independent ethics consultants, but also in academic environments.

Applications will be considered from professionals with terminal post-graduate degrees (MD, JD, PhD) in medicine, philosophy, nursing, social work, religious studies, law, or other fields related to the practice of clinical and academic bioethics. Priority will be given to applicants with strong potential for leadership in the field and who will most benefit from the rich clinical environment this program offers. Completed applications must be submitted by November 1st and the starting date for the fellowship is July 1 of each year. Application guidelines are found near the bottom of this page.

Curriculum

Program Description

The CFAB program is designed to train the next generation of highly skilled leaders in bioethics whose expertise is well-grounded in the clinical environment

In conjunction with an advisor, each fellow develops a two-year program plan to complete the core elements and additional activities described below that will support the fellow's individual career goals.

Components of the CFAB Fellowship

Core Components:

  • Engaging in a structured curriculum addressing key issues in bioethics, professional and leadership development, and clinical skill building
  • Observing and conducting clinical ethics consultation (at least 36 weeks on clinical service over two years)
  • Engaging in and contributing to Center initiatives targeting program development and institutional service
  • Completing at least two scholarly projects, culminating in submissions for publication
  • Developing a portfolio of formal lectures to medical students, clinical trainees, and healthcare professionals internal and external to Cleveland Clinic
  • Submitting abstracts for presentation at conferences
  • Potential for opportunities to contribute to bioethics programs at affiliated institutions

Overall Goals:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of key bioethics topics
  • Proficiency or expertise in clinical ethics consultation
  • Experience in presenting and discussing core concepts in clinically-grounded bioethics at a post-graduate level
  • Acquisition of professional skills for academic achievement in the field of bioethics, including research, leadership opportunities, CV development, and career building

Stipends

The starting salary is $50,000.00 and total compensation includes healthcare insurance and other benefits. The Cleveland Clinic supports conference participation (including travel reimbursement) and their professional development. Health insurance is the provided through Graduate Medical Education and is the same as what is offered to medical residents and fellows. See GME's website for more information about benefits for 2021 trainees.

Funds are not provided for relocation expenses.

Application Process

Additional information can be found here. Disclaimer: some of the photographs shown in documents were taken prior to the pandemic, so caregivers are not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Today at Cleveland Clinic, all caregivers are required to wear face masks. Full PPE is also worn as necessary.

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend our virtual Q and A session with Program Co-Directors and current fellows on August 24th at 12 p.m. EST and September 29th at 4 p.m. EST. For more information, please email BioethicsFellowships@ccf.org. 

To apply, candidates must submit the following by November 1st:

  1. A cover letter explaining your qualifications for this fellowship with a statement of your objectives.
  2. A current curriculum vitae including education and/or activities pertaining to bioethics.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, at least one commenting on your abilities as an adult learner (submitted directly).
  4. One to three examples of scholarly written work.

Priority will be given to applicants with strong potential for leadership in the field and who will most benefit from the rich clinical environment this program offers.

Applications will not be considered until all materials are received. If you are accepted into the program, further documentation will be required including transcripts. Please send materials electronically (electronic applications are preferred) or in hard copy to:

Fellowship Coordinator
Center for Bioethics
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
9500 Euclid Ave., JJ-60
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.445.2739
Email: BioethicsFellowships@ccf.org

Current Fellows

Class of 2022-2024

Jeffrey Pannekoek, PhD
PhD, Philosophy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2022

 Class of 2021-2023

Devora Shapiro, PhD 
PhD, Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2009
MA, Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2002

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics, please contact:

CFAB Program Coordinator
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue - JJ60
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.445.2739
Email: BioethicsFellowships@ccf.org

Josh Crites, PhD
CFAB Co-Director
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue - JJ60
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.444.8720
Email: critesj@ccf.org

Cristie Cole Horsburgh, JD
CFAB Co-Director
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue-JJ60
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.444.8720
Email: colec@ccf.org

Non-smoking hiring policy

To take further steps in preserving and improving the health of all its employees and patients, Cleveland Clinic has implemented a nonsmoking hiring policy requiring all job applicants and individuals receiving appointments to take a cotinine test during their pre-placement physical exam. This is a pre-employment test only. The cotinine test will detect the presence of nicotine in all forms of tobacco. Anyone testing positive will have their employment offer rescinded and receive a referral to a tobacco cessation program paid for by Cleveland Clinic.

Transplant Ethics Fellowship

Transplant Ethics Fellowship

Thank you for your interest. However, we are not accepting applications for this fellowship at this time.

Cleveland Clinic's Fellowship in Transplant Ethics was established in 2013. Cleveland Clinic is an ideal environment for the study of ethics in transplantation, given its history of promoting advances in medicine and surgery, as well as its high volume of successful liver, kidney, intestinal, lung, bone marrow, and heart transplants.

About this Fellowship

Cleveland Clinic's Fellowship in Transplant Ethics was established in 2013. Cleveland Clinic is an ideal environment for the study of ethics in transplantation, given its history of promoting advances in medicine and surgery, as well as its high volume of successful liver, kidney, intestinal, lung, bone marrow, and heart transplants.

Training requires a one-year commitment with a possibility of a second year depending on performance and other considerations. Fellows focus on scholarly activities in combination with clinical involvement in ethical issues surrounding organ donation and transplantation. In addition, transplant ethics fellows will benefit from sharing educational opportunities with those engaged in the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics, as described above.

Applications will be considered from professionals with terminal post-graduate degrees in a field related to the practice of clinical or academic Bioethics, such as medicine, philosophy, nursing, social work, religious studies, and law. Priority will be given to applicants with strong potential for leadership in the field and those who will most benefit from the rich clinical environment this program offers.

Completed applications must be submitted by November 1 for training beginning on July 1 of the following year.

Executive Committee

The steering committee includes:

  • Charles Miller, MD, Director of the Liver Transplant Program
  • Martin L. Smith, STD, Director of Clinical Ethics
  • Eric Kodish MD, Chair of the Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Spiritual Care

Application Process

To apply, candidates must submit the following by November 1:

  1. A cover letter explaining your qualifications for this fellowship with a statement of your objectives.
  2. A current curriculum vitae including education and/or activities pertaining to bioethics.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, at least one commenting on your abilities as an adult learner (submitted directly).
  4. One to three examples of scholarly written work related to bioethics.

Priority will be given to applicants with strong potential for leadership in the field and who will most benefit from the rich clinical environment this program offers.

Applications will not be considered until all materials are received. If you are accepted into the program, further documentation will be required including transcripts. Please send materials electronically (electronic applications are preferred) or in hard copy to:

Sundus Riaz
Fellowship Coordinator
Center for Bioethics
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
9500 Euclid Ave., JJ-60
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.445.2739
Email: riazs2@ccf.org

Non-smoking hiring policy

Non-smoking hiring policy To take further steps in preserving and improving the health of all its employees and patients, Cleveland Clinic has implemented a nonsmoking hiring policy requiring all job applicants and individuals receiving appointments to take a cotinine test during their pre-placement physical exam. This is a pre-employment test only. The cotinine test will detect the presence of nicotine in all forms of tobacco. Anyone testing positive will have their employment offer rescinded and receive a referral to a tobacco cessation program paid for by Cleveland Clinic

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about the Transplant Ethics Fellowship, please contact:

Sundus Riaz
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Bioethics
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
9500 Euclid Ave., JJ-60
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.445.2739
Email: riazs2@ccf.org

Former Fellows

Former Fellows

Former Fellows for Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics

 Class of 2020-2022

Stephanie Larson, PhD
PhD, English, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2020
Certificate in Bioethics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2020
BS, Psychology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2013
BA, English, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 2013

Class of 2018-2020

Sharon Feldman, LLB
2021-PhD candidate, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
MS, Bioethics, Columbia University, New York, New York, 2019
MHlth&MedLaw, Health and Medical Law, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 2015
LLB, Law, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 2012

Class of 2018-2020

Kelly Kent, MPH, DBE [CFAB]
2021-Manager of Clinical Ethics, St. Luke's Health System, Boise, ID
DBE, Bioethics, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2017
MPH, Health Law and Bioethics Concentration, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, 2002
BA, Public Policy Studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1999

Class of 2018-2019

Rev. Elyse Berry, D.Min [Metro-CFAB] (Participated) 
D. MIN, Spirituality, Fordham University Graduate School of Religion, Bronx, New York, 2018
MA, Pastoral Ministry, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Boston, Massachusetts, 2011
BA, Political Science and International Studies, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, 2008

Class of 2017-2019

Jordan Potter, PhD
2019 - Clinical Ethicist, WellStar Medical System, Atlanta, GA

PhD, Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2017
MA, Philosophy, University of Missouri, Saint Louis, Missouri, 2014
BA, Philosophy, Greenville College: Greenville, Illinois, 2012

Class of 2016-2018

Robert Michael Guerin, PhD
2018 - Clinical Ethicist, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland OH
2018 - Clinical Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Department of Bioethics, Cleveland, OH
PhD, Philosophy, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
Visiting PhD, Philosophy, University of Munich, Munich, Germany
BA, Philosophy, Duquesne University , Pittsburgh, PA

Hilary Mabel, JD
2020-Clinical Ethicist, WellStar Medical System, Atlanta, GA
2018 – Assistant Staff Ethicist, Center for Bioethics, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
JD, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
BA, Religion and English, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Class of 2015-2016

Johan Bester, MB, ChB
2017 - Director of Bioethics and Assistant Professor, UNLV School of Medicine, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2016 - Assistant Staff, Department of Bioethics, Cleveland
MBChB, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
M.Phil, Applied Ethics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
PhD, Applied Ethics, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Class of 2014-2016

Bryn Esplin, JD
2016 -Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Department of Humanities in Medicine, Texas A&M University College of Medicine; Secondary Appointments - Co-Director, Neuroethics and Health Law Education
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health; Volunteer Faculty, Department of Psychiatry University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Lecturer, Department of Bioethics Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
JD, William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada
BA, Rhetoric & Philosophy of Mind, University of California, Berkeley