New Hopes for Dementia Care

Tia Powell, M.D., explores the new technologies, tools, and services that can help people with dementia remain in their homes longer and avoid going to nursing homes. Dr. Powell is the Shoshana Trachtenberg Frackman Faculty Scholar in Biomedical Ethics and director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics.


When Doctors Downplay Women’s Health Concerns

Tia Powell, M.D., explains how gender bias in medicine can impact care, and shares her own experiences with the issue. Dr. Powell is the Dr. Shoshanah Trachtenberg Frackman Faculty Scholar in Biomedical Ethics at Einstein and director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics.


The ‘Smart Pill’ for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Raises Tricky Ethical Questions

An op-ed by bioethicist Tia Powell, M.D., outlines ethical issues associated with a “smart pill” that can track if a patient has taken medication. Dr. Powell is director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and the Dr. Shoshanah Trachtenberg Frackman Faculty Scholar in Biomedical Ethics at Einstein.


NPR’s The Takeaway interviews Tia Powell, M.D., about the bioethical questions raised by Alzheimer’s patients being sexually active in institutional settings. A recent court case involving a husband and his impaired wife has focused attention on this issue. Dr. Powell discusses issues of privacy, our cultural bias and presumptions, and the lack of consensus around this taboo topic. Dr. Powell is director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and the Einstein-Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program.


The Christian Science Monitor interviews Tia Powell, M.D., about the ethics and policies around the dying with dignity movement in light of Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her life due to terminal brain cancer. Dr. Powell notes that better and more universal access to palliative care is necessary before any new policies are made so as to ensure more vulnerable populations, such as minorities and lower-income families, do not choose assisted death due to financial concerns. Dr. Powell is director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and the Einstein-Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program.

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BBC’s Newshour interviews Tia Powell, M.D., on the ethics of using experimental drug treatments in light of the current Ebola outbreak. Dr. Powell notes that weighing the risks versus benefits of unproven drugs is a complex and time intensive process. She maintains that in order to contain the current crisis, the focus should be on proven public health safety measures, including quarantine and supportive care. Dr. Powell is director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and the Einstein-Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program. (Audio begins at 38:45)


U.S. News & World Report (via HealthDay) interviews bioethicist Tia Powell, M.D., about a new study that found advanced directives, also known as living wills, are very important in shaping the care that's provided to patients and reduces the cost of end-of-life care, which accounted for more than one-quarter of total Medicare spending last year. Dr. Powell is director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and the Einstein-Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program.


ABC News interviews Tia Powell, M.D., about concerns that H1N1 could strain intensive-care unit resources this winter. A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the strain is already being felt at intensive-care units in Canada and Mexico. Dr. Powell is director of the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics.