Medical Ethics

The Division of Medical Ethics was created in 2011 in the Department of Medicine to build upon the health system’s successful track record and commitment to incorporate bioethics into clinical practice and physician education. The Division Chief is Dr. Samuel Packer who also is Chair of the Ethics Committees at North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center. The Ethics Consult Service functions as an arm of the Ethics Committee and is led by Renée McLeod-Sordjan, and the Medical Ethics Attending staff:  Frederick Smith, Mitchell Adler and William Doscher. In addition, we have an Ethics Fellowship Program and significant responsibilities for professionalism education at the Hofstra North Shore - LIJ School of Medicine. Our focus is clinical medical ethics, both in practice and in education.

Contact Details:

  • 270-05 76th Avenue
    Research Bldg., Suite B305
    New Hyde Park, NY 11040
    (516) 470-5840
    Medical Ethics Consult Line: (516) 470-5841

Medical Ethics

The division provides clinical bioethics consultation service to four hospitals in the health system (North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Cohen Children's Medical Center, and Nassau University Medical Center) and its nursing home, A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility. The faculty conducted over 100 consultations in 2012. The faculty are dedicated to providing consultation services to all healthcare providers, patients, or family members who have questions and concerns about their care.