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$3M Gift to Endow Bioethics Chair at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation held an investiture ceremony for Hannah I. Lipman, M.D., M.S., HEC-C, vice president of Bioethics at Hackensack Meridian Health and a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. The endowed chair is thanks to a $3 million gift from Kalmon D. Post, M.D., to create the Linda Farber Post Chair in Bioethics at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine in honor of his wife, Linda Farber Post, BSN, M.A., J.D. This is the first endowed chair funded by Dr. Post and will support the work of Dr. Lipman.

“The creation of this chair, made possible by Dr. and Mrs. Post’s gift, will ensure that our students gain a keen understanding of bioethics as an integral part of health care delivery and teach our students to consider the human side of medicine, including the social, psychological, moral, cultural and ethical issues in the care of patients that grow more challenging every year,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Dr. Lipman’s visionary leadership has been exceptional in the field of bioethics, both at Hackensack Meridian Health and throughout her remarkable career, and we are so pleased that she is our inaugural recipient.”

“I am deeply grateful for Dr. Post’s kindness in making this most generous gift in honor of his wife, Linda Farber Post, to establish the Linda Farber Post Chair in Bioethics,” said Joyce P. Hendricks, president and chief development officer, Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation. “This incredible gift not only pays tribute to a wonderful individual, but will forever bestow a distinction that will resonate with its recipients, like the remarkable Dr. Hannah Lipman, for years to come. Thank you, Dr. Post, and congratulations to Dr. Lipman on being the first recipient of the Linda Farber Post Chair in Bioethics!”

Dr. Lipman joined Hackensack Meridian Health in 2018 and now oversees a network- wide Bioethics program, which provides clinical bioethics consultation and education, research ethics support, as well as guidance on organizational ethics issues and policy development. Prior to joining Hackensack Meridian Health, Dr. Lipman was associate director of the Center for Bioethics at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY and director of Bioethics Education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

“It gives us great pleasure to make this gift to fund the Linda Farber Post Chair in Bioethics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine,” said Dr. Post. “As the world evolves and technology advances, it is incredibly important that the physicians of tomorrow are prepared to make difficult decisions when it comes to ethical, social and legal issues throughout their careers. We are so pleased to be able to create this chair, which will provide this training in perpetuity, and would like to extend our congratulations to Dr. Lipman on being named the inaugural chair of this endowment.”

Dr. Lipman’s interest in bioethics was sparked during her college years when she volunteered at a nursing home and assisted on a research study about making complex decisions about end-of-life care. She maintained that interest throughout her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Michigan and Cardiology Fellowship at the Tufts New England Medical Center and Mount Sinai Health System, which culminated in her completing the Montefiore-Einstein Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities during her fellowship in Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai.

“Dr. Lipman is an extraordinary professor and a true expert in the field of bioethics,” says Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., President and Dean, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and co-chief academic officer, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Bioethics is an incredibly important and complex field and we are filled with gratitude to Linda and Kal for their generosity and partnership in helping us provide our students with the cutting-edge education for which our School of Medicine is known.”

This generous gift supports the development of bioethics programs, particularly those that impact students at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Our first initiative supported four students at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine to attend the 2023 annual conference of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. There is tremendous interest in Bioethics among School of Medicine students.

“I am very grateful to Linda and Kal for their generosity, for this wonderful opportunity and for recognizing the important role that bioethics plays in medicine and medical education,” says Dr. Lipman. “My work in bioethics education, particularly with medical students, has been profoundly rewarding. This meaningful gift will support my continued work with future medical students, imparting vital information and helping them develop ways of thinking about complex issues that will guide them throughout their careers.”

“The Posts are longtime colleagues and friends, who continue to give back in incredibly meaningful ways,” said Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, president of Academics, Research and Innovation for Hackensack Meridian Health. “It is so fitting to have this vital new role bear the name of Linda Farber Post, because of how much she has done for this health network. We applaud her and her husband Kal.”

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