Medical Ethics Research

In addition to investigating topics in the ethical practice of medicine, the Division works to elucidate and clarify the aspects of research studies that make them ethical. It also helps other researchers develop and conduct ethical studies. This service is run by Dr. Fins and Inma de Melo-Martin, PhD, MS.

The Division comprises the Ethics Core of the Medical College's Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). Cathleen Acres, BSN, MA serves as a CTSC Research Subject Advocate , available to researchers and subjects to address issues involving subject rights and safety.

The Ethics Core provides a Research Ethics Consultation Service and
supports a Research Subject Advocacy Program.

Divisional Research

The Division of Medical Ethics is engaged in research initiatives that explore a wide range of topics both in the practice of medicine and in medical research. These include, among others, patients' needs for autonomy and support, issues surrounding reproductive and genetic biotechnologies, end of life care, public health ethics and social justice, and the developing field of neuroethics.

Areas of Divisional Research:


Medical Ethics
Joseph J. Fins, MD, Chief

Cathleen Acres, Administrative Director
435 E. 70th St. 4J
Tel: (212) 746-1126
Fax: (212) 746-8738
[email protected]

Kerrine Simone Carter, Administrative Assistant
435 E. 70th St. 4J
Tel: (212) 746-4246
Fax: (212) 746-8738
[email protected]

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