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Weill Cornell Medicine - Medical Ethics
435 East 70th Street, 4-J
New York, NY 10021
P: 212-746-4246 | F: 212-746-8738
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Specialties/Expertise

Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine
Expertise
  • Medical Ethics

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA [PPO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • AETNA [HMO]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • * Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • * Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • * Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • * Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE [HMO]

Education/Training

  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1982
  • M.D., Cornell University Medical College, 1986

Honors and Awards

  • High Honors, Comprehensive Examinations, College of Letters, Wesleyan University, 1981
  • B.A. with Honors, Wesleyan University, 1982
  • Visiting Scholar, The Hastings Center, 1989
  • Visiting Professor of Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain, 1993, 1995, 1996
  • GTE Visiting Scholar in Technology and Ethics, Luzerne County Community College, 1993
  • Plenary Lecture, WHO National Cancer Control Programmes, 1993
  • Honorary Academic Advisor to CETIN (Ethics Committee for Clinical Investigations of the Argentine Association of Ethics Investigations), 1995
  • Philip Hallie Memorial Lecture, College of Letters, Wesleyan University, 1995
  • Honorary Member of the Advisory Board, Institute for the Study of Humanities and Bioethics "Eugenio Maria de Hostos," Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico 1995-2000
  • Honorary Editorial Committee, Perspectivas Bioeticas en las Americas, 1996
  • Working Group on Disability in U.S. Presidents, 1996
  • Quality Care at the End of Life Commission, Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York 1997-1998
  • Project on Death in America Soros Faculty Scholar, 1997-2000
  • The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation 1997-
    Visiting Fellow:
    Wartburg College, 1998
    Hope College, 1999
    Hampden Sydney College, 2000
    Grinnell College, 2002
    Linfield College, 2003
    Furman University, 2005
    Health Advocacy Award, New York Chapter, Society of Patient Representatives, 1998
    • Maxim Brettler Lecture on Medical Humanities, North Shore University Hospital, 1998
    • Dies Academicus Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany, 1998
    • Award for Teaching Excellence, Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Medicine, Patients, Society III), 2000
    • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2001 Edition, 2000
    • Harold Coppersmith Memorial Lecture, NYU Downtown Hospital, 2000
    • Commissioner, appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton, White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, 2000-2002
    • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2002 Edition, 2001
    • Selected, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2002 Edition, 2001
    • Selected, Who's Who in the World, 2002 Edition, 2001
    • Wholeness of Life Award, The HealthCare Chaplaincy, 2001
    • Selected, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2003 Edition, 2002
    • Selected, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2002-3 Edition, 2002
    • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2003 Edition, 2002
    • Lori Ann Roscetti Memorial Lecture on Ethical and Humanitarian Issues in Medicine, Rush Medical College, 2002
    • Wesleyan University Service Award, 2002
    • The Sheldon Berrol Memorial Chautauqua, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and American Society of Neurorehabilitation 2002
    • John J. Travers, M.D. Memorial Lecture, Mercy Medical Center, 2003
    • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2004 Edition, 2003
    • Individual Service Excellence Award, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 2003
    • Selected, Who's Who in Finance and Industry, 2004 Edition, 2003
    • Selected, Who's Who in the World, 2004 Edition, 2003
    • Selected, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2004-5 Edition, 2004
    • John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Medical Humanities, Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 2004
    • Visiting Professor, Fordham Law School, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
    • Lyon Daughters Memorial Lecture, The Rochester Academy of Medicine, 2004
    • Award for Teaching Excellence, Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Medicine, Patients Society II), 2004
    • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2005 Edition, 2004
    • Rabbi George B. Lieberman Lecturer, Central Synagogue of Nassau County, 2004
    • Fellow, Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership, Furman University, 2005
    • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2006 Edition, 2005
    • The David Thomasma Memorial Lecture, Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2005
    • Institute of Medicine Exploratory Meeting on Disorders of Consciousness, 2005
    • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2006 Edition, 2005
    • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2007 Edition, 2006
    • American Osler Society John P. McGovern Annual Award Lecture, 2006
    • Visiting Professor Lecture, Center for Neurological Restoration, The Cleveland Clinic, 2006
    • Award for Teaching Excellence, Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Advanced Basic Science), 2006

 

  • Visiting Professor of Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine Philipps University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany, 2006
  • Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2007-2010
  • Member, appointed by Governor Eliot Spitzer, New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, 2007-
  • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2008 Edition, 2007
  • Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, Arts and Science Essay Contest Award (co-author with Beth Aviva Preminger, M.D., M.P.H.), 2007
  • Elected, Fellow of The Hastings Center, 2007-
  • Bruce Hedges Memorial Lecture, The Payne Whitney Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2008
  • Distinguished Lecturer in Bioethics, University of California, School of Medicine at Davis, 2008
  • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2009 Edition, 2008
  • Selected, Who's Who in the World, 2009 Edition, 2008
  • Member, "Deep Brain Stimulation in Psychiatry: Guidance for Responsible Research and Application," Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, 2008-2011
  • Sheila Hutzler Rives Memorial Lecture, The Berman Institute of Bioethics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, 2009
  • Wilhelm S. Albrink Memorial Lecture in Bioethics, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University, 2009
  • Maxim Brettler Lecture on Medical Humanities, North Shore LIJ Health System, 2009
  • Elected member, American Clinical and Climatological Association, 2009
  • Phi Beta Kappa Address, Gamma Chapter, Wesleyan University, 2009
  • Selected, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2009-10 Edition, 2009
  • Selected, Who's Who in the World, 2010 Edition, 2009
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Hospital for Special Surgery, 2010
  • John P. McGovern Award Lecture in the Medical Humanities, Institute for the
  • Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 2010
  • New York Times "Quotation of the Day," 4 February 2010
  • Council, Europaische Akademie, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH, Germany, 2010
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, Weill Cornell Medical College (MPS II), 2010
  • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2011 Edition, 2010
  • Elected Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, 2010
    Alpha Omega Alpha Distinguished Lecture, Beta Chapter, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2011
  • Elected Member, Alpha Omega Alpha, Beta Chapter, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2011
  • Laureate Award of the American College of Physicians, 2011
  • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2012 Edition, 2011
  • Selected, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 2011-12, 11th Edition, 2011
  • Selected, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2011-12 Edition, 2011
  • Selected, Who's Who in America, 2012 Edition, 2012
  • The Flora Barlotta Lecture. St. Barnabas Medical Center, 2012
  • The Herbert Cohen Memorial Lecture, Columbia College of Physicians &
  • Surgeons, 2012
  • Elected, M.A.C.P., Master of the American College of Physicians, 2012
  • Elected Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2012

Biography

Titles

E. William Davis, Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics
Weill Cornell Medical College

Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medical College

Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Professor of Medical Ethics in Neurology
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Biography

Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P.

Dr. Joseph J. Fins is The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College where he also serves as Professor of Medicine (with Tenure), Professor of Public Health and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. He is also an Attending Physician and the Director of Medical Ethics at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and on the Adjunct Faculty of Rockefeller University where he is a Senior Attending Physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital. Dr. Fins is an elected Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and was elected a Fellow of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2012.

A recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, Dr. Fins has also received a Soros Open Society Institute Project on Death in America Faculty Scholars Award, a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Visiting Fellowship and support from the Dana, Buster and Katz Foundations. He was appointed by President Clinton to The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and currently serves on The New York State Task Force on Life and the Law by gubernatorial appointment.

Dr. Fins graduated from Wesleyan University (B.A. with Honors, The College of Letters, 1982) and Cornell University Medical College (M.D., 1986). He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and has served as Associate for Medicine at The Hastings Center.

The author of over 250 publications, his most recent book is A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life's End (Jones and Bartlett, 2006). His current scholarly interests include ethical and policy issues in brain injury and disorders of consciousness, palliative care, research ethics in neurology and psychiatry, medical education and methods of ethics case consultation. He is a co-author of the landmark 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state. His forthcoming book, Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics & The Struggle for Consciousness is under contract with The Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Fins is President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and is a member of the Hastings Center Board of Trustees where he is Chair of the Fellows' Council. He has served as a trustee of Wesleyan University and the American College of Physicians Foundation. A former Governor of the American College of Physicians, he has been honored with the College's Laureate Award.

Dr. Fins is a Master of the American College of Physicians. He is also a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine and The Hastings Center and was appointed to the Council of the Europaische Akademie (Germany). He is an elected member of the American Clinical and Climatological Association and Alpha Omega Alpha.