Meet the Faculty

Stuart G. Finder, PhD

Stuart G. Finder, PhD joined the faculty of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) to become Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics in July 2007.

Clinically, he is one of CSMC's Clinical Ethics Consultants, and a member and co-chair of the CSMC's Bioethics Committee, and academically, he holds appointments in University of California, Los Angeles - School of Medicine and the American University of Judaism. As a clinician, a teacher, and a researcher, Finder is interested in exploring the complexity and implications of moral experiences as actualized in health care contexts. This includes the entire spectrum of the health care arena, from patient care to clinical and basic sciences research.

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Virginia L. Bartlett, PhD 

Virginia joined the faculty of CSMC to become Assistant Director for the Center for Healthcare Ethics in August 2010. Along with her directorial duties, she is also one of CSMC's Clinical Ethics Consultants. Her primary interests and responsibilities focus on helping patients, families, and care providers identify and address the complex moral concerns that emerge in healthcare settings through Clinical Ethics Consultations. She also integrates questions about moral experience and clinical ethics practices into themes and programs for ethics education. Currently, she is researching how ethics consultations are understood and utilized by patients, families, and healthcare providers.

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Kenneth Leeds, MD 

Kenneth is the Associate Director for the Center for Healthcare Ethics and is a Clinical Ethics Consultant at CSMC. He has been an active member of the CSMC's Bioethics Committee for the past 18 years and served as Co-Chair for three of those years.

Dr. Leeds is a board-certified Otolaryngologist (Ears, Nose, Throat) who was in private practice in Beverly Hills for more than 35 years. Now, as a Clinical Ethics Consultant, Dr Leeds is interested in helping patients, their families, friends and care providers address and work through ethical dilemmas and moral distress that may arise in caring for the patient.

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In Memoriam: Leon Morgenstern, MD