Joseph J. Fins

Joseph J. Fins

Biography

Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P., F.R.C.P. is The E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics, Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Tenured Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. A member of the Adjunct Faculty of Rockefeller University and Senior Attending Physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital, he co-directs, the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury (CASBI) at Weill Cornell Medicine and Rockefeller. He also serves as the Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics and the Law at Yale Law School. Author of over 400 publications, his most recent book is Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and The Struggle for Consciousness (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Dr. Fins is a co-author of the 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in the minimally conscious state. He is currently a co-investigator on a NIH BRAIN Initiative grant studying DBS in severe to moderate traumatic brain injury and principal investigator on a BRAIN Initiative RO1 entitled, “Cognitive Restoration: Neuroethics and Disability Rights.” Professor Fins is an elected Member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. By royal decree he is an Academico de Honor (Honored Academic) of the Real Academia Nacional de Medicina de España (the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain). He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Cornell University Medical College.