Each class in the Bioethics Ambassadors Program will introduce a different bioethics concept, theme, or issue and will be co-taught by a member of the MSK Ethics Consultation team and at least one expert on that topic. We are fortunate to have experts both from MSK and other NYC institutions teaching in the program this year.
Yesne Alici, MD, a psychiatrist, is Clinical Director of Psychiatry Services and has clinical expertise in psychiatry of geriatric patients. She treats cancer patients in both MSK’s in-patient and out-patient settings. Dr. Alici is a member of the MSK Ethics Consultation Service and Ethics Committee. She also works on communication skills programs for doctors who treat older adults with cancer and supervises fellows, residents, nurse practitioner students, and medical students who rotate through the Psychiatry Service.
Nancy Berlinger, PhD is a Hastings Center research scholar whose work focuses on ethical and societal challenges arising from population aging, and the role of health practitioners, systems, and policymakers in the care and well-being of migrants. She is the lead author of The Hastings Center’s Covid-19 Ethical Framework for Health Care Institutions, including guidance on vaccine allocation (January 2021) and conducts qualitative and mixed-method research on experiences of health care workers and responses to the needs of older adults and immigrants during pandemic. She serves on the bioethics committee of Montefiore Medical Center and teaches at Lehman College, CUNY.
Liz Blackler, MBE, LCSW-R is the Program Manager for the Ethics Committee and Consultation Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering. She is an experienced Clinical Ethics Consultant with a Master of Science in Bioethics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. Her clinical interests involve working with staff to enhance end-of-life communication and decision-making and navigate conflicts and ethical concerns that can arise around the end of life, including the use of life-sustaining therapies. Her academic focus is in bioethics education and training of clinical staff.
Martin Chin, MD, HEC-C is a Clinical Member at MSK and Attending Psychiatrist in the Psychiatry Service at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases. Dr. Chin is a New York State and New Jersey State licensed psychiatrist, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, General Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Chin completed his Healthcare Ethics Consultant certification in 2019 and he also joined the Ethics Committee in 2019.
James Colgrove, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and the Dean of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at the Columbia School of General Studies. His research examines ethical, historical, and legal dimensions of public health policies. His books include Epidemic City: The Politics of Public Health in New York (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011) and State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America (University of California Press, 2006). His articles have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Science, Health Affairs, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics.
Michelle Colletti, MS, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant working in MSK’s Colorectal Service. Her clinical duties include the diagnosis and treatment of patients with colon and rectal cancer. She is a member of the MSK Ethics Consultation Service and Ethics Committee.
Chau Dang, MD is a medical oncologist and Medical Site Director for MSK Westchester. Her clinical expertise is in breast cancer, with her clinical research focusing on developing more-effective and less-toxic treatment strategies, particularly combination therapies that include anti-HER2 drugs with chemotherapy.
Elizabeth M. D’Elia, JD is the Associate General Counsel and Chief Litigation Counsel in the Office of General Counsel. Her primary areas of focus include litigation – healthcare professional, general liability and OCIP; insurance and claims, risk management, and quality assurance. Before her legal career, she gained invaluable experience working as a registered nurse, which included the direct care and treatment of oncology patients as well as in nursing leadership.
Molly O’Neil Frank, M.Div., BCC is a Staff Chaplain at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Main campus. Previously, she worked as a chaplain at NYU/ Langone Medical Center in New York City. She completed her clinical pastoral education at Weill-Cornell Medical Center. Molly holds a BA in English and Religion from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She serves on the Ethics Committees at MSKCC and at NYP Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Danielle Novetsky Friedman, MD, is a pediatrician with MSK’s and has clinical expertise in pediatric cancer survivorship. Dr. Friedman and her team’s goal is to detect and minimize late effects of prior therapies and educate patients about the best ways to support their health. Her research focuses on understanding risk factors that lead to the development of adverse long-term outcomes, especially after exposure to radiation therapy. Dr. Friedman a member of the MSK Ethics Consultation Service and Ethics Committee.
Francesca Gany, MD is the Chief of the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Director of the Center for Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities, and a Director of the community based participatory South Asian Health Initiative. She works to bridge immigrants, minority community members, and the medically underserved with the healthcare system, and to eliminate health disparities. Her groundbreaking work has led to an improvement in health outcomes and to the development of long-term clinical, health policy, and programmatic changes.
Maryanne M. Giuliante, DNP, MBA, RN, GNP, ANP-C, NEA-BC, HEC-C is the Advanced Practice Provider Manager with MSK Westchester Regional Network in West Harrison, NY. Dr. Giuliante has over two decades of experience in areas of nursing sciences including oncology, medicine, cardiology, kidney transplantation, and post-surgery acute care. She is the author of several publications, most recently a chapter in the book entitled Ethical Competence in Nursing Practice; where she discussed ethical issues encountered with the older adult. She is a member of the MSK Ethics Consultation Service and Ethics Committee.
Monique C. James, MD is an Adult Psychiatrist who specializes in care of those having acute and chronic illness courses. She is the Assistant Clinical Director of the MSK Psychiatry Service and a member of the MSK Ethics Consultation Service and Ethics Committee. She has a background in women’s mental health, psychotherapeutic work, and medical education.
Kimarie Knowles, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker with clinical interests including working with cancer survivors as they make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment, as well as working with bereft family members after the death of a loved one. She works with the Resources for Life After Cancer program, and co-coordinates the Department of Social Work’s Bereavement Program. She also has specialized training in cognitive-behavioral techniques, psychodynamic psychotherapy, group therapy, and Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy.
Camille Lineberry, ACNP-BC, RN is a clinical nurse practitioner in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, where she practices in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). She has a special clinical interest in the ethics and politics of surrogate decision-making and its impact on individuals and families in crisis. She is a member of the MSK Ethics Consultation Service and Ethics Committee and has specialized training in bioethics mediation from the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics.
MaryEliza McEachen BSN, RN, CPHON, CNIV has been a nurse on the inpatient pediatric unit of MSK Kids since the start of her career in 1998. She has been a member of the Ethics Committee since 2014 and has a special interest in burn out and moral distress. MaryEliza embraces the demands and complexities of oncology nursing especially the varied and individual physical, psychosocial, ethical, religious and cultural qualities of each patient and family she encounters.
Kenneth Offit, MD is a medical oncologist and Chief of the Clinical Genetics Service, Chair in Inherited Cancer Genomics, and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Medicine. His clinical expertise is in genetic predispositions to cancer, lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease, and cancer risk counseling. Dr. Offit’s research focuses on defining genetic factors that cause an increased susceptibility to cancer and tailoring interventions for families at hereditary risk for cancers of the breast, ovary, colon, prostate, and lymphoid organs.
Eileen O’Reilly, MD is the Co-Director, Medical Initiatives, David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research and the Section Head, Hepatopancreaticobilary & Neuroendocrine Cancers. She has clinical expertise in pancreatic, gallbladder, bile duct, primary liver, and gastrointestinal neuroendocrine cancers. Her research focuses on pancreatic and hepatobiliary cancer treatments, including molecular and genetic-based therapies, adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapies, and biomarker identification. Dr. O’Reilly is the Chair of the Human Research Protection Program, the Institutional Review and Privacy Board, and the Continuing Medical Education Committee.
Leonard Saltz, MD, is an oncologist with clinical specialties in multiple gastrointestinal cancers, and is the Executive Director for Clinical Value & Sustainability and the Head of Colorectal Oncology Section. Dr. Saltz the Chair of MSK’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, co-leader of the Colorectal Disease Management Team, and a Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Amy Scharf, MBE has been a member of the MSK Ethics committee since 2018 and works directly with Ethics leadership on programming, publications, and the advancement of Ethics both within MSK and externally. Amy is one of the co-directors of the Bioethics Ambassador Program. She received her Masters in Bioethics from Columbia University in 2016.
Stacy Stabler, MD, PhD, is an internist with additional clinical expertise in palliative care and pain management. Dr. Stabler specializes in Supportive Care and is the director of MSK’s Palliative Medicine Fellowship. She is also a member of the MSK Ethics Committee.
Louis P. Voigt, MD, MBE is the Chair of the MSK Ethics Committee. He is an intensivist with his clinical expertise in Critical Care Medicine, launching from a background in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases. Dr. Voigt is committed to helping his patients and their families during the most life-threatening moments of their hospital course. In addition, he provides weekly workshops on cardiopulmonary ventilation and bronchoscopy procedures. He also teaches and supervises fellows, residents, and students and is involved in several critical care medicine-related research projects.
Lisa Wall, PhD, RN, CNS, HEC-C is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in MSK’s Outpatient GI Surgery Service. She has been a nurse at MSK for the 35 years having previously served in the role of Nurse Leader. She received a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Research from New York University, and completed the Psychosocial Palliative and Community Research in Cancer Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at MSK. She is a member of the MSK Ethics Consultation Service and the Ethics Committee.