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Joseph Fins, MD, MACP

Full Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Penfield's ceiling: Seeing brain injury through Galens eyes
Adams, ZM & Fins, JJ 2017, Neurology, vol 89, no. 8, pp. 854-858. DOI:

In Reply: Commentary: Deep Brain Stimulation as Clinical Innovation: An Ethical and Organizational Framework to Sustain Deliberations About Psychiatric Deep Brain Stimulation
Fins, JJ 2017, Neurosurgery. DOI:

Guardianship and clinical research participation: The case of wards with disorders of consciousness
Wright, MS, Ulrich, MR & Fins, JJ 2017, Kennedy Institute of Ethics journal, vol 27, no. 1, pp. 43-70. DOI:

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:

Neuroethics and Disorders of Consciousness: Discerning Brain States in Clinical Practice and Research
Fins, JJ 2016, AMA journal of ethics, vol 18, no. 12, pp. 1182-1191. 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:

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:

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:

Understanding and Utilizing the Convening Power of Ethics Consultation
Fins, JJ 2016, AMA journal of ethics, vol 18, no. 5, pp. 540-545. 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:

Whither the “improvement standard”? Coverage for severe brain injury after Jimmo v. Sebelius
Fins, JJ, Wright, MS, Kraft, C, Rogers, A, Romani, MB, Godwin, S & Ulrich, MR 2016, Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, vol 44, no. 1, pp. 182-193. 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: