Overview of Ethics at MSK

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Danielle Novetsky Friedman, a pediatrician and member of the Ethics Committee, with Louis Voigt, an intensivist and Chair of the Ethics Committee.

Difficult questions can come along with treatment for cancer. Many of them can be addressed by talking openly with your family, caregivers, friends, and healthcare team. But sometimes, you and your loved ones may disagree about your choices, or your loved ones and your care team may have different ideas about your care or other issues.

You may also have questions that involve your moral or religious beliefs. Some may be linked to who you are as a person, and they may not be easy to resolve.

Your doctors, nurses, therapists, nutritionists, and others at Memorial Sloan Kettering are just a few of the people who can help you and your loved ones with these challenging situations. You can also turn to social work, patient representation, spiritual and religious care, and the ethics consultation service. Read through this guide to learn more about how we can support you.

  • Ethics Committee

    Learn about the Ethics Committee at Memorial Sloan Kettering, which advises the physician-in-chief, clinical staff, administrators, patients, families, and others in making difficult medical decisions.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Ethics at MSK

    The Memorial Sloan Kettering Ethics committee can help you resolve complex ethical issues such as what to do when there is a disagreement among family members or between family members and the medical team regarding a loved one’s care.

  • Who We Are: The Ethics Committee and Ethics Consultation Team at MSK

    Meet the Memorial Sloan Kettering Ethics Committee and Consultation team, which is comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, and hospital staff trained in mediation, communication, and bioethics.