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3/13/2003 Medical ethics topic of two public lectures

Joseph J. Fins, the director of medical ethics at the Cornell University Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital, will speak on "Medical Ethics: Past as Prologue" in McMinnville and Portland in April.

Fins will speak Wednesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall at Linfield College in McMinnville. On Thursday, April 3, he will speak at 7 p.m. in 111 Peterson Hall at Linfield College's Portland Campus, 2255 NW Northrup. Fins' visit to Linfield's McMinnville and Portland Campuses is under the auspices of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He will meet with Linfield students, faculty and staff and will lecture in classes and participate in a variety of discussions during his visit. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Fins chairs the New York Presbyterian Hospital ethics committee and is also an associate professor of medicine and of medicine in psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In addition, he is an associate for medicine at The Hastings Center and physician-ethicist-in-residence at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City. He is a practicing internist and teaches medicine and clinical ethics to Cornell medical students and house staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Fins is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Cornell University Medical College. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in general internal medicine at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He has participated in projects on the doctor-patient relationship, decisions near the end of life, the Human Genome Project, the ethics of managed care, and the relationship of medicine and the law.

A prolific writer, Fins has published widely on various health-related topics including the allocation of health care resources, health care reform, economics and medicine, managed care, end-of-life decisions, advance directives, physician-assisted suicide, medical ethics in a pluralistic society, and clinical pragmatism as a method of moral problem-solving for medicine.

He is a member of the editorial board of the "Journal of Pain and Symptom Management" and editor of the "Ethics Rounds." He also serves on the editorial board of "The Oncologist," where he edits the ethics section. From 1997 to 1998 he served on the New York State Attorney General's Commission on Quality of Care at the End of Life.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program brings leaders in their fields to campuses of small liberal arts colleges for a week of classes and informal discussions with students and faculty. The program brings together people from diverse backgrounds with different points of view in an atmosphere in which they can learn about each other.

For more information, call 503-883-2498.