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MCV Hospitals Ethics Committee

The MCVH Ethics Committee meets two times a month to review cases and policies. These primarily involve patient care within VCUHS, but occasionally the committee reviews cases from outside institutions where our faculty also work. Anyone connected to a case can ask for the committee’s input—patient, family, nurses, students, housestaff, attendings, consultants, or others.

To speak with an ethics committee member call 804-828-0938.

Committee Members

  • Barton Bobb, NP, Oncology Business Administration
  • Patrick J. Coyne, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., B.C., Oncology/Palliative Care, VCUHS
  • Marjolein deWit, MD, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Robert Donovan, MD, Department of Internal Medicine
  • John Douglass, J.D., Attorney, University of Richmond
  • Ken Faulkner, Patient Counseling, Pastoral Care, VCUHS
  • David Friedel, MD, Department of Pediatrics
  • Emily Garofalo, R.N., Pediatric ICU, VCUHS
  • Denese Gomes, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., Pediatric NP, Infectious Diseases, VCUHS
  • Michael Goodman, J.D., Attorney, Goodman, Allen & Filetti
  • Ann Hamric, Associate Dean, School of Nursing
  • James Levenson, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychiatry
  • Sheila Nichols-Bullock, Social Work, VCU
  • Linda Pearson, MCVH Administration
  • Elizabeth Sonntag, MD, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Pawan Suri, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Lex Tartaglia, Senior Associate Dean, Patient Counseling, VCUHS

Ethics committee list updated July 14, 2015.