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

EDUCATION

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:

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

               Physician’s Orders:

Pacific Hospital, Sun Valley California. CME Lecture

               Surrogate Decision Makers: Futile Treatment – A Legal Perspective

Lectures:

Third International Conference on Sources of Contemporary Law, Jerusalem, Israel.

Legal Publications:
Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Sources of Contemporary Law, Jerusalem, Israel, Published by The Jewish Legal Society