Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

GIM News
Donna L. Bishop, Editor

Next issue:
August 2014

Submission deadline:
July 18, 2014


Change of Leadership at the Consortium Ethics Program (CEP)

In December 2013, we bid a fond farewell to Rosa Lynn Pinkus, PhD (history), who retired from the University after 38 years. She served as Professor of Medicine and Neurosurgery, Associate Director and one of the founding faculty for the Center for Bioethics & Health Law, and Director of the Consortium Ethics Program (CEP).

In 1990, she founded the CEP and during the past 23 years, the CEP has thrived under her leadership. With her keen insight and wisdom regarding the ever-changing health care landscape and the field of bioethics, Dr. Pinkus has successfully lead and directed the CEP through some trying financial times in the health care environment. During this time, she provided and directed the ethics education to more than 70 health care institutions and 675 frontline health care professionals throughout the Western Pennsylvania region. It is because of her ability to recruit outstanding teaching faculty and identify relevant and cutting-edge issues in health care ethics, that the CEP has been able to establish and sustain a thriving membership base. It is not an overstatement to say that with her background as a historian, Rosa brought a unique perspective to teaching medicine and bioethics and that her contributions to this education has changed the landscape of frontline caregivers' knowledge, understanding, and practice in applied ethics throughout the region. After her retirement she served as Interim Director of the CEP and will continue an adjunct appoint in the Department of Bioengineering. We want to thank Rosa for all her hard work and dedication to the program and we wish her every success down whatever path this next adventure takes her.

Starting April 1, 2014, the CEP is very pleased to welcome Aviva Katz, MD (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY), MA (Bioethics, University of Pittsburgh), as Director of the Consortium Ethics Program. Dr. Katz is currently Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Attending Pediatric Surgeon at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow and chair of the Committee on Bioethics for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member and chair of the Ethics and Advocacy Committee for the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Dr. Katz started her surgical residency at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and then went on to complete a research fellowship in burn surgery at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School supported by a National Research Service Award from the NIH. Dr. Katz was chief resident in surgery and completed a surgery residency at SUNY Buffalo, NY. She then went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital/University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Following years of pediatric surgical practice at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, with academic appointments in Surgery and Pediatrics at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Katz joined the faculty of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in 2006.

Dr. Katz serves as the director of the ethics consultation service at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and vice chair of the University of Pittsburgh's Internal Review Board. She is active in teaching ethics education at the medical student, resident, and community level, and serves as core faculty in the Center for Bioethics and Health Law. As director of the CEP, she will bring fresh ideas to carry out and expand the program's mission of providing a cost-effective approach to assist health care professionals, their institutions, and the local health care community in developing and sustaining awareness and expertise in clinical health care ethics.