Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics
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 and Clinical Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has bioethics expertise in public policy, 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. In that capacity, she co-chaired a New York State 2007 workgroup that devised ethical and clinical guidance for allocating ventilators in an influenza pandemic. She worked with the Institute of Medicine on 5 separate projects related to public health disasters, including as co-chair of the IOM report on antibiotics for anthrax attack. Dr. Powell graduated with honors from Harvard-Radcliffe College and Yale Medical School, and 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 and the American Psychiatric Association.