Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

9/25/08: Surrogate Decision Making

Surrogate Decision-Making

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, September 25, 2008

8:00 AM
First Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer/AECOM

12:15 PM
Cherkasky Auditorium/MMC 


Hannah I. Lipman, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Divisions of Geriatrics and Cardiology
Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Hannah Lipman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Divisions of Geriatrics and Cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a clinical ethics consultant in the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics.

Dr. Lipman received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University.  After graduating from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor.  She then completed fellowships in cardiology at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, in addition to a Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine fellowship at Mount Sinai.  She is a graduate of the Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Cardozo Law School.

Dr. Lipman’s interests include teaching medical ethics and communication skills and the care of older adults with heart disease.  She is the Editor of the Section of Ethical Issues in the Management of Geriatric Cardiac Patients, American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.  She is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical Society of the State of New York and the Ethics Committee at Montefiore.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to understand the following:

  1. Types of advance directives and the goal of advance care planning;
  2. Ethical basis for surrogate decision making;
  3. Challenges of deciding for others;
  4. Strategies for working with patients and families to improve the experience of deciding for others.


Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.



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