Sutter Health *Bioethicist, Bay Area -Program in Medicine & Human Values in San Francisco, California



The Clinical Bioethicist, Bay Area provides expert analysis on ethical issues to designated Sutter Health Bay Area hospitals. This position is responsible for receiving and conducting all requests for ethics consultations, executing consultations and following up with patient cases after referral. The Clinical Bioethicist provides advice on ethics inquiries from physicians, staff, patients and families using the Sutter Health standardized ethics model for analysis. This position is responsible for effectively overseeing the ethics service at a designated Sutter Health, Bay Area hospital. The Clinical Bioethicist is responsible for educating and training the hospital ethics committees of Sutter Health Bay Area hospitals using materials developed by the PMHV. This position assists with policy development and implementation of policies at designated hospitals. This position participates in ethics rounds at Sutter Bay Area hospitals and lectures at appropriate Sutter Health ethics educational events. This position requires travel between the Sutter Bay Area hospitals.

Additional Requirements: This position requires regular travel between the Sutter Bay Hospitals.



  • Terminal degree (MD, PhD, JD) with advanced education in bioethics or a related field required.

  • Clinical ethics fellowship of at least one year at a recognized bioethics program or equivalent clinical experience required.


  • Documented experience with clinical ethics consultation as individual consultant, experience with bioethics education and interdisciplinary collaboration required

  • Experience in a healthcare setting with patient care, ethics committee education/ethics committee operations required.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles, concepts and methods of health care ethics consultation and bioethics education that can be implemented in patient care setting required

  • Knowledge of biomedical ethics terms, the bioethics literature, professional standards, methods of case analysis, JCAHO guidelines, and detailed understanding of medical terminology required

  • Knowledge of California health care law required

  • Strong oral and written communication skills required

  • Excellent interpersonal skills required

  • Demonstrated experience with conflict resolution required

  • Ability to navigate complex, ethical patient care issues required.

  • Ability to support Ethics Committee Required.

Primary Location: California, San Francisco, San Francisco

Organization: California Pacific Medical Center

Employee Status: Regular

Employee Referral Bonus: No

Benefits: Yes

Position Status: Exempt

Union: No

Job Shift: Day

Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift

Days of the Week Scheduled: Monday-Friday

Weekend Requirements: None

Schedule: Full Time

Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: 80

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.