Mount Sinai Faculty

Rosamond Rhodes, PhD

Rosamond Rhodes is a Professor of Medical Education and Director of Bioethics Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where she oversees the bioethics curriculum for students, house staff, post-doctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences, and students in the genetics counseling and public health programs. She directs a program of faculty bioethics education and collaborates with faculty members on a variety of research projects.

Dr. Rhodes serves as a member of Mount Sinai's Ethics Committee and IACUC. She is also Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Professor of Bioethics and Associate Director of the Union-Mount Sinai Bioethics Program.

Beyond the teaching setting, Dr. Rhodes serves on the editorial boards of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine, the MIT press Basic Bioethics series, the Cambridge Dictionary of Bioethics, as well as Hobbes Studies. She has published more than 160 articles and chapters on a broad range of issues in bioethics including: professionalism, surrogate decision making, research ethics, organ transplantation, and bioethics education. She also writes on the history of moral and political philosophy. Dr. Rhodes is co-editor of Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate (Routledge, 1998), Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care (Oxford, 2002; 2nd edition 2012),The Blackwell Companion to Medical Ethics (2007), and The Human Microbiome: Ethical, Legal, and Social Concerns (Oxford 2013).

Nada Gligorov, PhD

Nada Gligorov earned a BA in Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and her PhD in Philosophy from the Graduate Center, CUNY.

One of the themes of her work is the examination of the interaction between commonsense and scientific theories. She has published articles on personal identity as it relates to biomedical issues such as advance directives and the human microbiome. Dr. Gligorov is also interested in determinism and free will, and the implications of brain imaging technologies on mental privacy. She is one of the editors of the book The Human Microbiome: Ethical Legal, and Social Concerns (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Recent Publications

Rosamond Rhodes, Nada Gligorov, Abraham Schwab. The Human Microbiome: Ethical, Legal, and Social Concerns (2013). Oxford University Press.

Gligorov, Nada, et al. (2013). Personal Identity: Our Microbes, Our Selves, in The Human Microbiome: Ethical, Legal and Social Concerns, eds: Rosamond Rhodes, Nada Gligorov, Abraham Schwab. Oxford University Press.

Gligorov, Nada, et al. (2013). Privacy, Confidentiality, and New Ways of Knowing More, in The Human Microbiome: Ethical, Legal and Social Concerns, eds: Rosamond Rhodes, Nada Gligorov, Abraham Schwab. Oxford University Press.

Gligorov, Nada. (2012). Determinism and Advances in Neuroscience. American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, 14:489-493.

Gligorov, Nada and Vitrano, Christine. (2011). The Impact of Personal Identity on Advance Directives. Journal of Value Inquiry, 45(2):147-158.

Recent Activities

The Ethics of Medical Enhancement: Should we Prescribe Stimulants to Improve Grades? Ethics and Humanism in Medicine Symposium, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, April 16, 2013.

Free will, Punishment, and Healthcare for Prisoners. The American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), San Francisco, April 27-30, 2013.

Is Incorrigibility a Mental Feature? The New Jersey Regional Philosophical Association, November 10, 2012.

The Human Microbiome and Personal Identity. Issues in Medical Ethics, 23rd New York Regional Conference, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, October 12, 2012

The Revisability of Moral Concepts. 11th World Congress of Bioethics, International Association of Bioethics, Rotterdam, June 26-29, 2012.

Nils Hennig, MD, PhD, MPH

Nils Hennig is the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Associate Director of the Mount Sinai Global Health Center. Dr. Hennig, an expert in humanitarian aid, infectious diseases and public health, has broad international health experience. He has worked for the past fifteen years as physician, medical director, research coordinator, advisor, and medical consultant for Medicines Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Medicins du Monde (Doctors of the World), MENTOR (Malaria Emergency Technical and Operational Response), the Fogarty International Center of the National Institute of Health, EarthRights International, Projecto Xingu and other international organizations in humanitarian emergencies, fact finding missions, development, and research in among other countries Afghanistan, Liberia, Angola, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, Argentina, India, Peru, Kenya, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Mozambique, Senegal and the US.

Dr. Hennig has a long record of training medical- and public health staff of various international organizations and ministries of health in public health and infectious diseases. Since 2010 he serves as the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at Icahn School of Medicine, overseeing the education of a new generation of skilled and dedicated public health professionals. Dr. Hennig works clinically as attending at the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Clinic at Mount Sinai, providing comprehensive care to infected/affected infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Dr. Hennig continues international relief work, research, advocacy and training for multiple agencies.

Henry Sacks, MD, PhD

Henry Sacks is the Director of the Thomas C. Chalmers Clinical Trials Unit. Dr. Sacks originally came to Mount Sinai to work with Thomas C. Chalmers, a pioneer in what is now called "evidence-based medicine." His work has been in two categories: 1) the design, conduct and analysis of clinical and natural history studies (primary studies), to provide new data to directly answer clinical questions, and 2) synthesis of existing data by meta-analysis, decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis, to provide guidance for urgent clinical problems for which primary data are not (or not yet) available. Dr. Sacks' current research interests include clinical trials, infections in the elderly, HIV, complementary and alternative therapies.

Dr. Sacks is also Director for Clinical Research of Mount Sinai's Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Center, and co-director of Mount Sinai's Fogarty International AIDS Training program.

Recent Publications

Dunn AS, Wisnivesky J, Ho W, Moore C, Mcginn T, Sacks HS. Perioperative management of patients on oral anticoagulants: a decision analysis. Med Decis Making 2005 Jul-Aug: 387-397.

Rovetto AL, Lai CY, Sacks H. Cost-Effectiveness of Probiotic Treatment in Preventing Hospital-Acquired Clostridium Difficile-Associated Diarrhea.

Clinical Trials

Effects of a dietary supplement (SV) on advanced non small cell lung cancer patients treated with best supportive care (BSC): A randomized double-blind placebo controlled study, a phase III Trial

Daniel Moros, MD

Daniel Moros is Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also Vice-Chairman and Director of Development for Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc. He has extensive experience as a clinician as well as extensive experience in the oversight of drug development and clinical trials. In addition, Dr. Moros has an enduring scholarly interest in the history and philosophy of science and medicine. He has led the Faculty Seminar in the Philosophy and History of Medicine for the past 25 years. He also teaches a seminar in Medical Ethics for students at Icahn School of Medicine and graduate students from The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Joseph Goldfarb, PhD

Joseph Goldfarb is Professor of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). He has had extensive involvement in laboratory research, particularly in research involving animals. Dr. Goldfarb also has extensive experience in both medical, graduate, and postdoctoral education. Since 1978 he has been course director for Icahn School of Medicine's Pharmacology course. He completed a six year term on the Step I Committee at National Board of Medical Examiners, the committee that oversees the initial licensing exam (USMLE) for physicians in the U.S. He presently serves on committees that review the current question bank for Step I and has also served as a member of the committee that authors licensing exam questions in biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as being a former chair of the Pharmacology Committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has had many years of service on the ISMMS Executive Curriculum Committee and chaired one of its subcommittees. His former roles at Mount Sinai include Chair of the Pharmacology Department's Medical and Graduate Education Committees, service as Deputy Executive Officer for the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, and 20 years as Program Director of the interdisciplinary postdoctoral training program in the Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse. Several features of Dr. Goldfarb's work at ISMMS are especially relevant to this project and the special population we will address. In pharmacology, he developed and implemented an email tutorial for teaching problem solving. As part of his administrative responsibilities in graduate and postdoctoral education, he organized and participated in teaching research ethics. He has been an active member of the Faculty Seminar in Philosophy and Medicine (the ISMMS medical ethics journal club) since 1985. He has participated as a member of the ethics faculty in teaching ethics courses for first- and second-year medical students (including the module on research ethics) every year since their inception. In that capacity he participated in curriculum planning and teaching that addressed the appreciation of various cultures and mediation among apparently conflicting values and hierarchies.