Bioethics Committee

The Role of the Cedars-Sinai Bioethics Committee

The Cedar-Sinai Bioethics Committee is a standing committee of the Cedar-Sinai medical staff. Its membership, however, is multidisciplinary, drawing individuals from all elements of healthcare services within the organization, including, but not limited to, representatives from the faculty and voluntary medical staffs, nursing services, social services, administration, chaplaincy, various ancillary care staffs and faculty of the Center for Healthcare Ethics. In addition, the committee includes representatives from the lay public.

The function of the Bioethics Committee is to advise on matters consistent with Cedars-Sinai's Administrative Policy and Procedures Manuel listed in Article XIX of the Rules and Regulations. Regulation-specific duties of the committee include:

  • Advise in the formulation of Medical Staff Rules and Regulation and Policy and Procedures documents pertaining to ethical considerations within Cedars-Sinai
  • Provide a forum for discussion of ethical considerations associated with the organization's clinical, educational and research mission
  • Foster awareness of ethical issues and concerns within the organization by assisting in the creation and implementation of educational and informational programs and activities

In special instances, the Bioethics Committee may serve as a resource for the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service, which is the clinical service arm of the Center for Healthcare Ethics.

The Bioethics Committee is led by a chair who is appointed in accordance with Medical Staff Rules and Regulations. The director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics serves as the committee's co-chair.

Current Officers (2018-2020)

Chair Co-Chair
Asma Moheet, MD
Neurology/Critical Care
Stuart G. Finder, PhD
Director - CHE

Current Members

Center for Healthcare Ethics

Virginia L. Bartlett, Ph.D.*
Andy B. Kondrat, Ph.D.*
Kenneth Leeds, MD*


Caron Broidy
Rena Falk, MD (retired, Medical Genetics)
Pamela Fenton, MD (retired, Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Peter B. Gruenberg, MD (retired, Psychiatry & Psychoanalysis)
Carol H. Hurvitz, MD, (retired, Pediatrics/Hematology Oncology)
Jeffrey Pomerance, MD, MPH (retired, Neonatology)
Said Rahban, MD, (Refer & Follow – IM/Gastroenterology)
Tom Weinberger, MBA, MA*

Medical Staff

Jennifer Anger, MD, Urology
Gary Bellack, MD, Otolaryngology
Monika Chaudhry, MD, Psychiatry
Joel Geiderman, MD, Emergency Medicine
Nestor Gonzalez, MD, Neurosurgery
Behrooz Hakiman, MD, Radiation Oncology
Garo Harmandayan, MD, Supportive Care Medicine
Michelle Kittleson, MD, PhD, IM/Cardiology
Irving Lebovics, DDS, Dentistry Program*
Warren Lent, MD, Plastic Surgeon
Mercury Lin, MD, Pathology
Larry Maldonado, MD, General Internal Medicine *
Zab Mosenifar, MD, IM/Pulmonary & Critical Care*
Michael Nurok, MBchB, PhD, Anesthesiology Critical Care
Pablo Pazmino, MD, Orthopedics
Vee Pitis, MD, IM/General Internal Medicine
Stephen Robert, MD, Pediatrics/Critical Care
Harry Sax, MD, Surgery
Colin Stokol, MD, Neurology
Dan Stone, MD, General Internal Medicine
Richard Sukov, MD, Radiology
Sam Torbati, MD, Emergency Medicine
Evgeny Tsimerinov, MD, Neurology
Michael Van Scoy-Mosher, MD, Hematology/Oncology

Nursing Staff

Harmik Abrahamian, RN, OR Services
Donna Bias, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Center for International Health
Kristi Butenschoen, RN, MSN, NP, Interventional Radiology
Kirsten Inducil, RN, MA, Supportive Care Medicine
Lori Mountain, RN, 4SE CN III
Joan Riswold, RN, 3 PACU CNIV
Leli Sarsozo, MN, RN, Education Program Coordinator

Other Staff

Eskedar Gobeze, RN (Lidia Toledo, RN, MSN), Patient Relations
Michelle Hackley, R.N., Esq., Risk Management*
Lydia Limenes, RN, Case Management
Ellen Mack, RNC, MN, Sr. Clinical Measurement Analyst, ROM*
Samantha Stewart, LCSW, Social Work*
Rabbi Jason Weiner, Senior Rabbi/Manager, Spiritual Care*

*Indicates membership on Bioethics Committee Executive Committee