s postStephen G. Post, PhD

Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics
Professor of Bioethics

History of Bioethics
Religion and Health Care
Compassion and Altruisim

Office Phone: (631) 444-9797
Email: stephen.post@stonybrookmedicine.edu

Stephen G. Post is Professor of Preventive Medicine & Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics (2008-current). Previously he was Professor of Bioethics in the Department of Bioethics of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1988-2008). He also taught at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Post is an Elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (2013-), and of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia for “distinguished contributions to medicine” (2004-). He is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center “for distinguished contribution to ethics and the life sciences” (1994 -) and of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University (1990-95).

He has received the United States Congress Certificate of Special Recognition “In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement” (2012); and the Pioneer Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Health Care (shared with Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD) from HealthCare Chaplaincy New York (2012).

Post was selected as the Public Member of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Composite Committee (jointly established by the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States and the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Composite Committee is responsible for oversight and policy in all aspects of the USMLE program) (2000-2003); he was reappointed on the basis of ‘greatly appreciated contributions” for a second term (2004).

The Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics was selected as one of five areas of strength of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine by the LCME visiting committee (2011)

Post is the primary author of over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Annals of Internal Medicine, The Journal of Religion, The American Journal of Psychiatry, First Things, Dementia, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The Lancet. Post served as Editor-in-Chief of the 5-volume Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd edition (Macmillan Reference 2004). His best-selling books include The Hidden Gifts of Helping and Why Good Things Happen to Good People (with co-author Jill Neimark). He is the editor of 14 books and the author of eight.

Post’s book The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease: Ethical Issues from Diagnosis to Dying (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000, 2nd edition) was designated a “medical classic of the century” by the British Medical Journal (2009), which wrote, “Until this pioneering work was published in 1995 the ethical aspects of the one of the most important illnesses of our aging populations were a neglected topic.” Post is an elected Member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of Alzheimer’s Disease International, and one of only three recipients of the Alzheimer’s Association Distinguished Service Award “in recognition of personal and professional outreach to the Alzheimer’s Association Chapters on ethics issues important to people with Alzheimer’s and their families” (1998).

Post has been quoted in more than 3000 national and international newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Toronto Star, the Sydney Morning Herald, Newsweek, the National Post (Canada), the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Utne Reader, “O” Magazine, Psychology Today, and U.S.A. Today. He has also been interviewed on major television and radio news shows, including ABC 20/20 Holiday Special 2006 on “Giving in America,” Nightline, The Daily Show, John Stossel, “Talk of the Nation,” and The Mehmet Oz Show.

Selected 2012 & 2013 Journal Publications

  • Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Fitchett G, Hovey KM, Schnall E, Thomson C, Andrews CA, Crawford S, O’Sullivan MJ, Post S, Chlebowski RT, Ockene J. “Frequency of Private Spiritual Activity and Cardiovascular Risk in Post-Menopausal Women: The Women’s Health Initiative, Annals of Epidemiology, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2013, pp. 239-245.
  • M.E. Pagano, J.F. Kelly, M.D. Scur, R. Ionescu, R.L. Stout, S.G. Post, “Assessing Youth Participation in AA-Related Helping: Validity of the Service to Others (SOS) Questionnaire in an Adolescent Sample,” The American Journal of Addictions, Vol. 22, 2013, pp. 60-66.
  • M. Galanter, H. Dermatis, S.G. Post, C. Santucci, “Abstinence From Drugs of Abuse in Community-Based Members of Narcotics Anonymous,” Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Vol. 74, No. 2, 2013, pp. 349-352.
  • S.G. Post, J. Pomeroy, C.C. Keirns, V.I. Cover, M.L. Dorn, L. Boroson, F. Boroson, A. Coulehan, J. Coulehan, K. Covell, K. Kubasek, E. Luchsinger, S. Nichols, J. Parles, L. Schreiber, S.P. Tetenbaum, R.A. Walsh, “Brief Report: Stony Brook Guidelines on the Ethics of the Care of People with Autism and their Families,” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 43, 2013, pp. 1473-1476.
  • R.R. Carter, J.J. Exline, S.G. Post, M.E. Pagano, “Addiction and ‘Generation Me:’ Narcissistic and Prosocial Behaviors of Youth with Substance Disorder in Comparison to Normative Youth,” Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2012, pp. 163-178.

Selected 2012 & 2013 National and International Presentation

  • Plenary Address, “Hope and Progressive Dementia” (22nd Menninger Clinic Annual Psychology and Faith Conference, “The Spirituality of Hope and Healing” co-sponsored by the Institute for Spirituality & Health, Baylor College of Medicine, The Menninger Clinic, and the Hope and Healing Institute) Houston, TX: 15 November 2013.
  • 14th Annual Distinguished Alloway Lecturer, “Enduring Selfhood in the Deeply Forgetful” (University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics) Toronto, CA: 11 September 2013.
  • General Session Keynote, “Six Sources of Altruism and Case Studies” (American Sociological Association, sponsored by the Section on Altruism, Morality and Solidarity) New York, NY: 10 August 2013.
  • National Scholar and Keynote Speaker on Compassion, Spirituality and Health (Fifth National Conference on Spirituality and Health) Adelaide, Australia: 7-10 July 2013; Keynote, “Health and Volunteerism” (Ministerial Corporate Volunteering Forum, New South Wales Parliament) Sydney, AU: 11 July 2013.
  • Inaugural Charles Evans Annual Lecture on the Art and Science of Caregiving (Alzheimer’s Association New York Chapter) Times Center, NY: 10 April 2013.
  • Plenary Speaker, “Sustaining Selfhood – Spiritual Connections with the Deeply Forgetful” (New York Alzheimer’s Association Conference on Chaplaincy) New York: 21 March 2013.
  • Lectures on Positive Psychology and Philosophy (The New York Open Center) New York: 10 February 2013.
  • Grand Rounds, “Dying, Dignity and Dementia” (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Medicine, Pain and Palliative Care Service) New York: 15 November 2012.
  • Public Keynote Lecture, “Ethics and the Deeply Forgetful” (University of California Berkeley and the Medical University of Gottingen Germany, Bioethics and the Sciences of Aging – The Case of Dementia) Berkeley, CA: 5 October 2012.
  • Distinguished Karl Kinanen Public lecture, “Finding Meaning in the Care of Those with Memory Loss” (McMaster University & Alzheimer Society of Canada) Hamilton, Ontario: 19 April 2012.