About Bernard W. Freedman, J.D, MPH
Bernard W. Freedman, J.D, MPH, is an independent clinical bioethics consultant, and mediator for patients, physicians, hospitals, and ethics committees.
He assists patients in understanding and confronting medical, ethical, and legal requirements of critical care decision making, and racial and ethnic, and gender inequality in health care.
Advocates for patient rights, and mediates decisions to withhold life-sustaining treatment.
Experience in health law and patient rights.
Confronting requirements of informed consent. You are entitled to all necessary information.
Education and Experience
INDEPENDENT BIOETHICIST CONSULTING: Los Angeles, California
Clinical Bioethicist (2001-Present)
BROTMAN MEDICAL CENTER, Culver City, California. Ethics Committee Chairman / (2005-2006) a 14-member team consisting of an ethnically and racially diverse group of excellent physicians specializing in Pulmonology, Cardiology, Neurology, General Surgery, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine; as well as social workers, nursing supervisor, clergy, and community-based lay persons.
Creating and monitoring protocols and procedures for withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining treatment, Do-Not Resuscitate Orders, and establishing criteria for the determination of brain death.
Hospital Clinical Bioethicist consulting individually with physicians and patients on medical ethical requirements and critical care decision making.
LAW OFFICE OF BERNARD W. FREEDMAN – Los Angeles California, Specializing in Health Law, 1980 – 1997
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature – 1973
PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, Malibu, California
Juris Doctor 1976 – Law Review – Publishing member.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, Boston, Massachusetts
Master of Public Health – Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, 2004
PUBLICATIONS and LECTURES
Continuing Medical Education Lectures:
Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, Los Angeles, CA – April 2022
Competing Surrogates – Who speaks when it matters most
UCLA Medical Center: Panel Speaker
Why Do Doctors Order So Many Tests & Consultations?
Medicine, Ethics & Human Values Seminar – Santa Monica, California
Brotman Medical Center, Culver City, California.
Approaches to the Determination of Futility
Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles California. CME Lecture,
California Consent Law: Intelligent Consent and the Right to Refuse Treatment
JFK Memorial Hospital, Indio California, CME Lecture
Pacific Hospital, Sun Valley California. CME Lecture
Surrogate Decision Makers: Futile Treatment – A Legal Perspective
Third International Conference on Sources of Contemporary Law, Jerusalem, Israel.
Published of the Third International Conference on Sources of Contemporary Law, Jerusalem, Israel,