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Lectureship Established in Late Rabbi's Honor

Inaugural event will be Nov. 6

A new lectureship has been established in memory of Rabbi Levi Meier, who served as Cedars-Sinai's Jewish chaplain and spiritual leader for three decades.

The inaugural Levi Meier Memorial Lectureship in Medical Ethics will be held Friday, Nov. 6, at 8:30 a.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The speaker will be Scott Halpern, M.D., Ph.D., MBE, assistant professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.

The topic will be "Bedside rationing of critical care: Shedding light rather than cursing the darkness."

Dr. Halpern has served as a consultant regarding ethical issues for the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration and United Network for Organ Sharing. In 2008, he was selected as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics. His clinical interests include critical care medicine and the management of patients with pulmonary hypertension.

Rabbi Meier passed away in July 2008 following a long illness. Widely regarded by those who knew him as "the heart and soul" of Cedars-Sinai, Rabbi Meier first came to the medical center in 1978. He was a biblical scholar, published author and a clinical psychologist who earned his doctorate in psychology from the University of Southern California. Deeply interested in medical ethics and the synthesis of Judaism and psychology, he convened annual "Psychology and Judaism" conferences at Cedars-Sinai with guest lecturers and panel discussions.