Members of The Hastings Center Project on Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life

These individuals are responsible for the Guidelines. Institutional affiliations are provided for identification purposes only.

Project Director

Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv

Research Scholar
The Hastings Center

Yale University School of Nursing

Associate Project Directors

Bruce Jennings, MA

Director of Bioethics
Center for Humans and Nature

Yale University School of Public Health

Susan M. Wolf, JD

McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy
Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law
Professor of Medicine
Faculty Member, Center for Bioethics
Founding Chair, Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences
University of Minnesota

Working Group

Adrienne Asch, PhD, MS

Director, Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University
Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health
Professor of Family and Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics
Yeshiva University

Raymond Barfield, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy
Director, Pediatric Palliative Care Program
Schools of Medicine, Divinity and Nursing
Duke University

Susan Block, MD
Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Co-Director, HMS Center for Palliative Care
Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Robert A. Burt, JD
Alexander M. Bickel Professor
Yale Law School

Julia Connelly, MD
Medical Director, Orange County Nursing Home
Professor Emerita of Internal Medicine University of Virginia Medical School

Nessa Coyle, ANP-BC, ACHPN, PhD, FAAN
Ethics Consultant
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Section Head, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington

Nancy Neveloff Dubler, LLB
Consultant in Ethics, New York City
Health and Hospitals Corporation
Senior Associate
Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics
Professor Emerita of Bioethics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD
Director, Buehler Center on Aging, Health and Society
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Principal Investigator
Education for Physicians in End-of-Life Care (EPEC) Project

Betty R. Ferrell, RN, PhD, FAAN, FPCN
Professor of Nursing Research and Education
City of Hope

Research Scientist and Principal Investigator
End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)

Joseph J. Fins, MD, FACP
E. Williams Davis, Jr., M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics
Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medical College
Director of Medical Ethics and Attending Physician
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center

George Fitchett, DMin, PhD
Director of Research and Professor
Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values
Rush University Medical Center

Alan Fleischman, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Carlos Gomez, MD, PhD (d. 2010)
Former Medical Director
District of Columbia Pediatric Palliative Care Collaboration

Sandra H. Johnson, JD, LLM
Professor Emerita of Law and Health Care Ethics
Center for Health Law Studies
Saint Louis University School of Law

Kristi L. Kirschner, MD
Clinical Professor, Medical Humanities and Bioethics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Former Director, Donnelley Family Disability Ethics Program
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Alan Meisel, JD
Professor of Law
Dickie, McCamey, and Chilcote Professor of Bioethics
Director, Center for Bioethics and Health Law
University of Pittsburgh

Richard Payne, MD
Professor of Medicine and Divinity
Duke University

Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Nursing
PhD Program Director, Community Research Engagement Center for Health Disparities Research and Education
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Charles P. Sabatino, JD
Director, Commission on Law and Aging
American Bar Association

Colleen Scanlon, RN, MS, JD
Senior Vice President for Advocacy
Catholic Health Initiatives

Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD
President and CEO
The Hastings Center
Clinical Professor of Anaesthesia and Director, Fellowship in Medical Ethics
Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, FACP
Clinton-Kilbride Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics
Department of Medicine and Divinity School
Associate Director, The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
University of Chicago

Project Staff

Polo Black Golde
Colleen Farrell
Alison Jost
Jacob Moses
Cameron Waldman

Research Assistants

Vicki Peyton
Administrative Assistant


The project to produce these revised Guidelines was funded by a distribution from The Albert Sussman Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust and a major grant from The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. Additional support was provided by the donors to The Anika Papanek Memorial Fund atThe Hastings Center, in memory of Anika Papanek (2000–2010), and by unrestricted donations to The Hastings Center. We are deeply grateful to all funders for their support.

Support for development of the Guidelines website and other dissemination initiatives has been provided by a technical assistance grant from the R3 Program of The Donaghue Foundation, by The Vidda Foundation, and by individual donors to The Hastings Center.