The Responsibility of a Bioethics Committee

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Bioethics Committee
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Beginning in 2008, Dr. Badih Adada has served Cleveland Clinic Florida, in the city of Weston, as a neurosurgeon. Specializing in vascular brain malformations and brain aneurysms and tumors, Dr. Badih Adada has developed programs for the clinic designed specifically for Parkinson’s and epilepsy surgical procedures. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Adada has offered his expertise as a teacher, author, and a member of several medical related committees, such as the Bioethics Committee at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).

Medical ethics, defined as a set of moral principles that attach judgments and values to medical practices, are applied in medical settings as well as in education and training curricula. When the AUBMC established their Salim El-Hoss Bioethics and Professionalism Program, for example, the program instituted bedside medical ethics consultations in order to achieve more comprehensive patient evaluations. While the program took on an important role alongside the clinical aspects of patient care, it has been often the cause of conflict between members of the medical team. The hospital ethics committee is tasked with resolving these often emotional and multifaceted matters affecting medical practices.

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