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Joseph Fins, MD, MACP

Full Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


A major miss in prognostication after cardiac arrest: Burst suppression and brain healing
Becker, DA, Schiff, ND, Becker, LB, Holmes, MG, Fins, JJ, Horowitz, JM & Devinsky, O 2017, Epilepsy and Behavior Case Reports, vol 7, pp. 1-5. DOI:

Care under the Influence
Fins, JJ & Knowlton, SF 2017, Hastings Center Report, vol 47, no. 1, pp. 8-9. DOI:

Being open minded about neuromodulation trials: Finding success in our "failures"
Fins, JJ, Kubu, CS, Mayberg, HS, Merkel, R, Nuttin, B & Schlaepfer, TE 2016, Brain Stimulation, vol 10, no. 2, pp. 181-186. DOI:

Giving voice to consciousness: Neuroethics, human rights, and the indispensability of neuroscience
Fins, JJ 2016, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, vol 25, no. 4, pp. 583-599. DOI:

The effects of closed-loop medical devices on the autonomy and accountability of persons and systems
Kellmeyer, P, Cochrane, T, Müller, O, Mitchell, C, Ball, T, Fins, JJ & Biller-Andorno, N 2016, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, vol 25, no. 4, pp. 623-633. DOI:

Brain death and disorders of consciousness
Schiff, ND & Fins, JJ 2016, Current Biology, vol 26, no. 13, pp. R572-R576. DOI:

Commentary: Deep brain stimulation as clinical innovation: An ethical and organizational framework to sustain deliberations about psychiatric deep brain stimulation
Fins, JJ 2016, Neurosurgery, vol 79, no. 1, pp. 11-13. DOI:

The historical origins of the vegetative state: Received wisdom and the utility of the text
Adams, ZM & Fins, JJ 2016, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, pp. 1-14. DOI:

In reply to Volpintesta and to Schwenk et al
Fins, JJ 2016, Academic Medicine, vol 91, no. 4, pp. 448-449. DOI:

Organ Transplantation for Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Sandra Jensen's Legacy
Overby, KJ & Fins, JJ 2016, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, vol 25, no. 2, pp. 272-281. DOI:

A Pilot Evaluation of Portfolios for Quality Attestation of Clinical Ethics Consultants
Fins, JJ, Kodish, E, Cohn, F, Danis, M, Derse, AR, Dubler, NN, Goulden, B, Kuczewski, M, Mercer, MB, Pearlman, RA, Smith, ML, Tarzian, A & Youngner, SJ 2016, American Journal of Bioethics, vol 16, no. 3, pp. 15-24. DOI:

In Remembrance, with Thanks to Voltaire
Fins, JJ 2016, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, vol 25, no. 1, pp. 108-110. DOI:

What's Wrong with Evidence-Based Medicine?
Fins, JJ 2016, Hastings Center Report, vol 46, no. 1, pp. 1. DOI:

Distinguishing Professionalism and Heroism When Disaster Strikes: Refl ections on 9/11, Ebola, and Other Emergencies
Fins, JJ 2015, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, vol 24, no. 4, pp. 373-384. DOI:

The Expert-Generalist: A Contradiction Whose Time Has Come
Fins, JJ 2015, Academic Medicine, vol 90, no. 8, pp. 1010-1014. DOI:

The reagan diaries reconsidered
Fins, JJ 2015, Journal of Alzheimers Disease, vol 48, no. 1, pp. 59-61. DOI:

Transforming educational accountability in medical ethics and humanities education toward professionalism
Doukas, DJ, Kirch, DG, Brigham, TP, Barzansky, BM, Wear, S, Carrese, JA, Fins, JJ & Lederer, SE 2015, Academic Medicine, vol 90, no. 6, pp. 738-743. DOI:

Ideology and Microbiology: Ebola, Science, and Deliberative Democracy
Fins, JJ 2015, American Journal of Bioethics, vol 15, no. 4, pp. 1-3. DOI:

Withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment: Patient and proxy agreement: A secondary analysis of "contracts, covenants, and advance care planning"
Hinderer, KA, Friedmann, E & Fins, JJ 2015, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, vol 34, no. 2, pp. 91-99. DOI:

Nanotechnology, neuromodulation & the immune response: Discourse, materiality & ethics
Fins, JJ 2015, Biomedical Microdevices, vol 17, no. 2. DOI: