Nicholas Schiff, M.D.
Dr. Schiff is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Assistant Attending Neurologist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is Director of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuromodulation at Weill-Cornell ,where he conducts clinical studies of the pathophysiology of impaired consciousness as well as basic studies of the neurophysiological mechanisms of arousal and the effects of neuromodulation on forebrain integration.
A diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Schiff is a graduate of Stanford University and the Cornell University Medical College. He completed his residency in Neurology at the New York Hospital and served as the Administrative Chief Resident of the Neurology Department from 1995 to 1996, working with Dr. Fred Plum, one of the pioneering neurologists in the field of disorders of consciousness. Since completing residency training, Dr. Schiff has continued his research with grant support from the NIH (NINDS) and private foundations (Dana Foundation). He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications that span original work in clinical neuroimaging, advanced signal processing of neurophysiological data, and the fundamental neurophysiology of cortical and thalamic neurons. His long-range goals are to develop neuromodulation strategies and improved diagnostics for the rational therapy of chronic cognitive disabilities resulting from brain injuries.
Joseph Fins, M.D.
Joseph J. Fins, M.D., F.A.C.P. is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University where he serves as Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. In addition, Dr. Fins is Director of Medical Ethics at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, Associate for Medicine at The Hastings Center, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Rockefeller University. He has been a Visiting Professor in Medical Ethics at the Complutense University in Madrid and is a recipient of a Soros Open Society Institute Project on Death in America Faculty Scholars Award and a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Visiting Fellowship. In July 2000, Dr. Fins was appointed by President Clinton to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. A diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Fins is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A. with Departmental 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.
A practicing internist at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Fins chairs the hospital's ethics committee and teaches medicine and clinical ethics to Cornell medical students and house staff. He is the author of more than one hundred fifty publications in medical ethics and health policy and A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life's End published by Jones and Bartlett (2005). He has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. His current scholarly interests include ethical 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 member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management as well as The Oncologist and has served as Abstracts Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and Co-Editor of the Department of Bioethics for Cancer Investigation.
Dr. Fins serves on the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University, the Fund for Modern Courts, the National Advisory Committee of The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. Previously, he served on the board of the New York Organ Donor Network. He is Chair of the Health and Public Policy Committee of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians and is an elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the New York Academy of Medicine. He is the recipient of a Health Advocacy Award of the New York Society of Patient Representatives and the Wholeness of Life Award of the HealthCare Chaplaincy. Dr. Fins served on Mayor-Elect Rudolph Giuliani's Transition Team Health Care Advisory Group and has been a consultant to the Pan American and World Health Organizations. From 1997-1998, Dr. Fins served on the New York State Attorney General's Commission on Quality Care at the End of Life.