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Cleveland Clinic Clinical Ethicist in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Clinic's Center for Bioethics has an open position for a clinical ethicist whose primary responsibilities will be to provide consultation for patients, families, and healthcare providers at the bedside. Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellence and enthusiasm for providing high-quality clinical ethics consultation and bring a unique set of skills and experience that they can leverage into clinical ethics-based initiatives.

The successful applicant will join the Professional Staff (equivalent to Faculty) and will support the ethics consultation service with opportunities to promote ethics programming across the multinational healthcare system, while exemplifying collegiality, intra-professional teamwork, patient-facing communication, and leadership.

This full-time position includes excellent health and retirement benefits, along with generous professional travel support. Professional Staff in the Center have access to a thriving bioethics community in Northeast Ohio and beyond.


As a member of the Center for Bioethics, a Staff Ethicist will:

  • Deliver high-quality ethics consultation across Northeast Ohio by contributing to the high-volume, fast-paced Ethical Consultation Service (700+ consults/year).

  • Maintain professional development by staying up to date on literature and developments in the field of bioethics, engaging in the local and national bioethics community, and working to enhance professional skills.

  • Contribute bioethics skills and knowledge through mentorship, collaboration, and education aimed at various audiences.


  • A terminal degree (PhD, JD, MD/DO, DNP, or field-specific equivalent) is required.

  • Demonstrated evidence of professional experience working in clinical environments, providing high-quality ethics consultation, and robust academic achievement.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, proficiency with telecommunication technology, extensive experience in education and mentoring, and a collaborative workstyle.

  • The successful candidate will be expected to embrace Cleveland Clinic's patient-centered values: quality and safety, empathy, teamwork, integrity, inclusion, and innovation.

  • Formal fellowship training or extensive experience in clinical ethics consultation is strongly preferred.

Review of applications will be ongoing and continue until the position is filled.

About Us

Cleveland Clinic's vision is to become the best place for care and the best place to work in healthcare. We are committed to providing a safe, stable, and financially fulfilling work environment. Even in these uncertain times, Cleveland Clinic is ambitiously investing in growth. Being a physician-led organization means doing what is best for the patients, every day.

Cleveland Clinic is one of the world's largest and busiest health centers. Patients come to Cleveland Clinic from all over the world. We offer advanced treatment for all illnesses and disorders of the body.

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multispecialty academic medical center that's recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for its expertise and care. Cleveland Clinic integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual ?America's Best Hospitals? survey. Among Cleveland Clinic's 80,642 employees worldwide are more than 5,743 salaried physicians and researchers, and 20,166 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,690-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 23 hospitals, more than 270 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2023, there were 13.7 million total outpatient visits, 323,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 301,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic's health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries.

Cleveland Clinic has been named one of America's Best Employers for Diversity in 2023.

Our Culture

Cleveland Clinic values a culture where caregivers integrate diversity and inclusion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqtftvt_gg4) throughout the enterprise. We respect and appreciate our similarities and differences; they enable us to better serve our patients, one another, and our global communities.

Cleveland Clinic is pleased to be an equal employment/affirmative action employer: Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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Cleveland Clinic Health System is pleased to be an equal employment employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities