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Robert M. Sade MD

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  • Surgery
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  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Health Policy
  • History of Medicine
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Robert M Sade, MD, is Distinguished University Professor of Surgery, Director of the Institute of Human Values in Health Care at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Director of the Clinical Research Ethics Program. He trained in surgery at various Harvard teaching hospitals, finishing in pediatric cardiac surgery at the Boston Children’s Hospital, where he served on the faculty for several years before moving to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston to create the Section of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in 1975. He founded in 1994 and still serves as director of the MUSC Institute of Human Values in Health Care.

Dr. Sade has written several hundred articles, book chapters, and books on research in cardiothoracic surgery, medical education, biomedical ethics, and health policy. His most recent book is The Ethics of Surgery: Conflicts and Controversies (Oxford University Press 2015). Dr. Sade was Medical Director of LifePoint, South Carolina’s organ procurement organization, for 14 years from 1998-2012. He was a member of the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for seven years, retiring as chair of the Council in 2007. He served on the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Standards and Ethics Committee for 14 years, retiring in 2012 after 6 years as chair, and on the Ethics Committee of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery for 21 years, retiring in 2016 after 12 years as chair. He currently chairs the Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and serves as Associate Editor of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.