Bernard W. Freedman, J.D., M.P.H. is a consultant in issues of clinical bioethics and health law. He consults with patients, physicians and hospitals with a primary focus on bioethical dilemmas in clinically ill patients. Services include mediation between patients, decision makers, physicians, hospitals and long term care facilities; obtaining second opinions, arranging for legal representation for temporary restoring orders to prevent the withholding or withdrawing of life sustain treatment.
Mr. Freedman is the past Chair of the Medical Ethics Committee at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City California where he developed procedures and protocols for bioethics consultations and end of life issues, including the medical legal aspects of withdrawing and withholding life sustaining treatment, obtaining second opinions, avoiding conflicts of interests and supervising emergency meetings to determine the medical and legal issues and conflicts in care for critically ill patients.
He has lectured internationally at the Third International Conference On Sources Of Contemporary Law, in Jerusalem, Israel in July 1996: entitled “Counsel’s Ethical Responsibilities to help the Judge and Jury Arrive at the Truth,” subsequently published by the Jewish Legal Heritage Society, Jerusalem Israel.
He has also provides continuing medical education for physicians.