Chair, Department of Bioethics
Susan E. Watson Professor of Bioethics
Professor of Psychiatry
End of Life Decision Making
Clinical Ethics Consultation
Definition of Death
Office Phone: 216-368-6196
Stuart J. Youngner received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University where he is Susan E. Watson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Bioethics. He did an internship in Pediatrics and a residency in Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland and subsequently received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medical ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.
Dr. Youngner serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. He has been elected a Fellow of the Hastings Center and the American Psychiatric Association and has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has served as a consultant to the United States Congress Office of Technology Assessment, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine, and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Dr. Youngner has testified before the United States Congress. He served as President of the Society for Bioethics Consultation from 1994-1997 and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and was given the organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000. He co-directed a national task force that examined the need for standards for ethics committees and clinical ethics consultation. He is the on the Medical Board of Trustees and ethics committee of the Musculoskeletal Foundation. He has served as as Board Member of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors since 2011.
Dr. Youngner is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in biomedical ethics and has published and spoken on topics including: decisions to limit life-sustaining treatment, ethics committees, physician-assisted suicide, advance directives, definitions of death, and ethical issues in organ and tissue retrieval and transplantation. He has published over 90 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He is the editor or coeditor of nine books, including The Definition of Death: Contemporary Controversies (Johns Hopkins University Press). His latest book, Physician-Assisted Death in Perspective: Assessing the Dutch Experience, was published by Cambridge University Press in July, 2012.
Youngner SJ. Kidney donation from brain-injured patients before a declaration of death. Lahey Clinical Journal of Medical Ethics 2010; 17:6.
Rodriguez-Arias D., Tortosa JC., Burant C., Aubert P., Aulisio MP, Youngner SJ. One or two types of death? Attitudes of health professionals towards brain death and donation after cardiac death in three countries. Medicine, Health Care & Philosophy (2011 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print]).
Regulated Euthanasia in the Netherlands: Is it Working? Panel Discussion. Research Ethics and Clinical Ethics. EU and US Perspectives. Universidad De Salamanca. Salamanca, Spain. May 16, 2011.
Visiting Professor, University of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, April 2012.
Stuart J. Youngner, M.D.
Chair, Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4976