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Stuart  Youngner

Stuart Youngner

Professor of Bioethics,
Professor of Psychiatry 216.368.6196 (o)

Stuart J. Youngner received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University, where he is currently Professor of Bioethics. He did an internship in Pediatrics and a residency in Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland and subsequently received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medical ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.

Dr. Youngner serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. He has been elected a Fellow of the Hastings Center and the American Psychiatric Association and has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has served as a consultant to the United States Congress Office of Technology Assessment, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Dr. Youngner has testified before the United States Congress. He served as President of the Society for Bioethics Consultation from 1994-1997 and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and was given the organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000. He co-directed a national task force that examined the need for standards for ethics committees and clinical ethics consultation. He is the on the Medical Board of Trustees and ethics committee of the Musculoskeletal Foundation. He has served as Board Member of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors since 2011.

Dr. Youngner is a nationally- and internationally-recognized scholar in biomedical ethics and has published and spoken on topics including: decisions to limit life-sustaining treatment, ethics committees, physician-assisted suicide, advance directives, definitions of death, and ethical issues in organ and tissue retrieval and transplantation. He has published over 90 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He is the editor or coeditor of nine books, including The Definition of Death: Contemporary Controversies (Johns Hopkins University Press). His latest book, The Oxford Handbook on Death and Dying will be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

Recent Publications

Chen Y-Y, Gordon N, Connors Jr. AF, Garland A, Lai HS, Youngner SJ. Factors associated with two different protocols of do-not-resuscitate orders in a medical intensive care unit. Crit Care Med. 2014; 42(10):2188-96.

Youngner SJ. Talking about death is not the same as communicating about death. J Med Ethics. 2015;41(4):303

Youngner SJ. Ellen Grass Memorial Lecture: Brain death; useful myth or problem waiting to happen? Neurodiagn J. 2015;5(2):77-81.

Junewicz A, Youngner SJ. Patient-Satisfaction surveys on a scale of 0 to 10: Improving Health Care, or Leading it Astray? Hastings Cent Rep. 2015;45(3):43-51.

Junewicz A, Youngner SJ. Hastings Center Rep 2015;45(6):4-5.

Kapottos M, Youngner S. The Texas Advanced Directive Law: Unfinished Business. American Journal of Bioethics 2015;15(8):34-38.

Youngner WJ, Kapottos M. Response to open peer commentaries on the “Texas Advanced Directive Law Unfinished Business.” American Journal of Bioethics 2015;15(9):W6-W7

Chen YY, Gordon NH, Connors, Jr. AF, Garland A, Chu T-S, Youngner SJ.  The Outcome of Patients with 2 Different Protocols of Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders: An Observational Cohort Study. Medicine 2015; 94(42):1-6.

Youngner SJ. How to communicate clearly about brain death and first-person consent to donate. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016:18(2):108-114.

Fins JJ, Kodish E, Cohn F, Danis M, Derse AR, Dubler NN, Goulden B, Kuczewski M, Mercer MN, Pearlman RA, Smith ML, Tarzian A, Youngner SJ. A Pilot Evaluation of Portfolios for Quality Attestation of Clinical Ethics Consultants. 2016 AJOB In Press

Recent Activities

The Death Problem 2014 International Conference of the Japanese Association for Philosophical and Ethical Research in Medicine. Tokyo November 23, 2014

Euthanasia: Opening Pandora's Box. National Taiwan University School of Medicine. Taiwan December 1, 2014 The Active/Passive Continuum in Limiting Life-

Sustaining Treatment. Chong-Shan Medical University Taiwan, December 2, 2014