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Patricia (Tia) Powell, M.D.

Dr. Patricia (Tia) Powell

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Professional Interests

Dr. Powell is Director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and of the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program. She is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Division of Bioethics, and Clinical Psychiatry. She has bioethics expertise in public policy, dementia, consultation, end of life care, decision-making capacity, bioethics education and the ethics of public health disasters. She served four years as Executive Director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, which functions as New York State’s bioethics commission.  She has worked with the Institute of Medicine on many projects related to public health and ethics, and most recently served on the 2015 report on Cognitive Aging. Dr. Powell graduated magna cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College. At Yale Medical School she earned the Parker Prize, Yale’s highest award for a graduating medical student. She completed her internship, psychiatric residency and Consultation-Liaison fellowship at Columbia.  She is a board certified psychiatrist and Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association and The Hastings Center.


Selected Publications

Select Recent Publications

T. Powell, “Life Imitates Work,” JAMA. 2011;305(6):542-543.

 T. Powell, HI Lipman, “Bioethics Consultation Before and After the Family Health Care Decisions Act,” New York State Bar Association Health Law Journal, 2011;16(1): 71-6.

A. Antommaria, T. Powell, et al, “Ethics and Pediatric Mass Critical Care,” chapter in CDC Pediatric Emergency Mass Critical Care Supplement, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, November 2011.

Institute of Medicine, Committee on Prepositioned Medical Countermeasures for the Public, Eds. C Stroud, K Viswanathan, T Powell, R Bass, Prepositioning Antibiotics for Anthrax, National Academies Press, 2012. (Committee Co-chair)

Institute of Medicine, Committee on Standards of Care for Disaster Situations, Crisis Standards of Care: A Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response, National Academies Press, 2012. (Drafted section on ethics issues.)

T Powell, D Hanfling, L Gostin, “Emergency Preparedness and Public Health: the lessons of Hurricane Sandy,” JAMA, December 26, 2012; 38(24): 2569-70.

J Hodge, D Hanfling, T Powell, “Practical, Ethical and Legal Challenges Underlying Crisis Standards of Care,” Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Supplement 41:1, Spring, 2013; 50-56.

T Powell, “Brain Death: What Health Professionals Should Know,” Invited Editorial, American Journal of Critical Care, May, 2014; 23(3):263-6.

L Biddison, K Berkowitz, B Courtney, M De Jong, A Devereaux, N Kissoon, C Sprung, T Powell, “Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Disasters and Pandemics:Ethical Considerations: CHEST Consensus Statement,” Chest, On-Line First, August, 2014, doi:10.1378/chest.14-0742. (This and following article were part of a 2 year project for the American College of Chest Physicians to delineate best practices for critical care in public health crises.)

B Courtney, J Hodge, E Toner, B Roxland, M Penn, N Kissoon, A Devereaux, M Christian, J Dichter, T Powell, “Consensus Statement on Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Disasters and Pandemics 2013:Legal Preparedness,” Chest, On-Line First, August, 2014. doi:10.1378/chest.14-0741.  

T Powell, MB Foglia, “The Time is Now: Bioethics and LGBT Issues,” LGBT Bioethics: Visibility, Disparities, and Dialogue, Editors’ Introduction to special report, Hastings Center Report 44, no. 5 (2014): S2-S3.

T Powell, E Stein, “Legal and Ethical Concerns About Sexual Orientation Change Efforts,” LGBT Bioethics: Visibility, Disparities, and Dialogue, special report, Hastings Center Report 44, no. 5 (2014): S32-S39.

Institute of Medicine, “Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action,” Dan G. Blazer (Chair), Kristine Yaffe (Co-Chair), Members in Alphabetical Order: Marilyn Albert, Sara J. Czaja, Donna Fick, Lisa P. Gwythe, Felicia Hill-Briggs, Sharon K. Inouye, Jason Karlawish, Arthur F. Kramer, Andrea Z. LaCroix, John H. Morrison, Tia Powell, David Reuben, Leslie Snyder, Robert B. Wallace; National Academies Press, April, 2015.



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Master of Science in Bioethics

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Media Coverage

NPR’s The Takeaway interviews Dr. Tia Powell about the bioethical questions raised by Alzheimer’s patients being sexually active.

The Christian Science Monitor interviews Dr. Tia Powell about the ethics and policies around the dying with dignity movement.

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