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Stephen G. Post, PhD Post

Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics
Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine

History of Bioethics
Religion and Health Care
Compassion and Altruisim

Office Phone: (631) 444-9797

Stephen G. Post is Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine & Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics (2008-present). 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-present), and of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia for "distinguished contributions to medicine" (2004-present). He is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center "for distinguished contribution to ethics and the life sciences" (1994 -present) and of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University (1990-1995).

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 3,000 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 USA 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 Dr. Oz Show.