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New Director of Center for Healthcare Ethics

Stuart G. Finder, Ph.D., Starts on July 16

Stuart G. Finder, Ph.D., starts as the new director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Cedars-Sinai on Monday, July 16.

Prior to joining the medical center, Finder was senior associate director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

While there, he and colleagues built a nationally recognized clinical ethics service and developed innovative ethics participation in several clinical research studies. Described as a calm, thoughtful professional, Finder believes it is important to use a systematic approach in applying ethical principles to caring for the critically ill. Toward this end, he became the first ethicist ever to make regular rounds in the Vanderbilt Medical Intensive Care Unit.

"In many ways, I will bring this model with me to Cedars-Sinai," says Finder, who emphasizes that healthcare policies, medical ethics, and careful contemplation have one thing in common -- clinical care. "Medical ethics is not grand theories," he says. "It's about people's experiences. We don't just sit in boardrooms and offices and think up questions. We have to maintain the core of clinical care. Everything else only makes sense if we maintain a clinical element."

According to Michael Langberg, M.D., chief medical officer and senior vice president of Medical Affairs, Finder's previous experience and research, combined with his philosophy of life, make him the ideal candidate for his new role. "He has extensive experience in leading a clinical bioethics program at a major teaching hospital," says Langberg. "Beyond that, we strongly believe that his personal and professional philosophy are congruent with Cedars-Sinai's goals."

Finder brings with him a wealth of experience in the areas of bioethics, research ethics and medical ethics. In addition to his role as senior associate director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University, he has served as associate director of the Center for Clinical and Research Ethics, assistant professor of Philosophy at the College of Arts & Sciences, and assistant professor of Medicine/Medical Ethics in the School of Medicine, all at Vanderbilt.