The Hastings Center is an independent, non-partisan bioethics research institute based in Garrison, New York. Founded in 1969 and the first organization of its kind, the Center was instrumental in establishing bioethics as a field of study.
The Center's mission is to address fundamental ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research and the environment affecting individuals, communities, and societies. After careful consideration and analysis through a unique process that invites diverse views, Hastings scholars publish regular reports, articles and blogs, as well as specific guidelines, policy recommendations and books. They testify at Congressional and Presidential hearings and at national and global conferences.
|The Hastings Center|
|Formation||August 28, 1969|
|Type||Bioethics research institute|
|Mildred Z Solomon|
Michael K. Gusmano
Thomas H. Murray
Carolyn P. Neuhaus
Joel Michael Reynolds
The Hastings Center was co-founded by Daniel Callahan and Willard Gaylin and was officially recognized as a non-profit organization on August 28, 1969. Offices were originally located in Hastings-on-Hudson, and then subsequently moved to the Briarcliff College site in Briarcliff Manor. The Center is now located in Garrison, New York, on the former Woodlawn estate designed by Richard Upjohn.
The Hastings Center is perhaps best known as the publisher of one of the world's leading journals in bioethics, Hastings Center Report,  and IRB: Ethics & Human Research, which feature scholarship and commentary in bioethics for readers worldwide. Both are published six times per year. The Report also periodically features special reports, published as supplements, from the Center's research projects.
Bioethics Forum, the blog of The Hastings Center, "publishes commentaries from a range of perspectives on timely issues in bioethics."
The Hastings Center's projects, carried out by interdisciplinary research teams, focus on five key program areas: health and health care; children and families; aging, chronic conditions, and care near the end of life; emerging science and conceptions of the self; and human impact on the natural world, as well as "through-lines" like human research subjects and education.
Issues can range from "stem cell politics," to globalization and its impact on health status, to "wiser" health care. Primary research areas include genetics and biotechnology, health care and health policy, ethics, science, the environment, and international science ethics. The Center strives to frame and explore issues that inform professional practice, public conversation, and social policy.
The Center conducts seminar-style meetings to review developments in science and policy, frame legal and social issues, and in-depth critical reflection on fundamental principles and values. Hastings research scholars write and speak on a variety of topics and assist members of the press and others.
The Robert S. Morison Library, located at the Center's offices in Garrison, New York, serves as a resource for Hastings scholars, fellows, visitors, and others.
The Hastings Center's 1987 "Guidelines on the Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment and the Care of the Dying" remain the standard in the field of bioethics. Several court decisions, including the 1990 Supreme Court ruling in Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, have cited the guidelines which were published in an updated version in 2013.
Hastings Center staff are frequently called upon for policy advice by committees and agencies at both the Federal and state levels.
Since 1976, the Henry Knowles Beecher Award has recognized "individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to ethics and the life sciences and whose careers have been devoted to excellence in scholarship, research, and ethical inquiry." A committee of Hastings Center Fellows convenes to nominate candidates for the award, which is named for its inaugural recipient Henry Knowles Beecher, a pioneer in the fields of anesthesiology and medical ethics.
|Henry Knowles Beecher Award Recipients|
|2017||Albert R. Jonsen, PhD
Edward Shotter, PhD
|2016||Leon R. Kass, MD, PhD|
|2015||Renée C. Fox, PhD|
|2014||Ruth Macklin, PhD|
|2013||Robert M. Veatch, PhD|
|2012||Thomas H. Murray, PhD|
|2011||Solomon R. Benatar, MBChB, DSc (Med)|
|2010||Tom L. Beauchamp, PhD
James F. Childress, PhD
|2009||Alexander M. Capron, LLB|
|2008||Joanne Lynn, MD, MS, MA|
|2003||Edmund D. Pellegrino, MD, MACP|
|1999||Alastair V. Campbell, MA, BD, ThD
Raanan Gillon, MB, BS, FRCP
|1996||Danner Clouser, PhD
Sissela Bok, PhD
|1993||Jay Katz, MD|
|1989||Daniel Callahan, PhD
Willard Gaylin, MD
|1988||Richard A. McCormick, SJ|
|1984||Robert S. Morison, MD|
|1981||Paul Ramsey, PhD
Joseph Fletcher, STD
|1978||Hans Jonas, PhD|
|1976||Henry K. Beecher, MD|
In 2009, The Hastings Center and the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation launched the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards to recognize excellence in the field of care at the end of life. Recipients are selected in a process coordinated by The Hastings Center and Duke University's Institute on Care at the End of Life.
First awarded in 2010, the Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards initially honored one established physician and three early-career physicians. In 2011, an additional awards category was created, recognizing the accomplishments of a mid-career physician; since that year, five prizes worth a combined value of $95,000 have been distributed annually.
|Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards Recipients|
|Year||Senior Physician||Mid-Career Physician||Early-Career Physicians|
|2016||Marian Hodges, MD, MPH||Paul E. Tatum III, MD, MSPH, CMD, FAAHPM, AGSF||Ross Albert, MD, PhD
Rashmi Sharma, MD, MHS
Keith M. Swetz, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM
|2015||David N. Korones, MD||Bruce E. Condit, MD, FHM||Shaida Talebreza Brandon, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC
Mary K. Buss, MD, MPH
Laura M. Iglesias Lino, MD
|2014||Catherine D. Deamant, MD||Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH||Elise C. Carey, MD, FAAHPM
Jeanette S. Ross, MD, AGSF, FAAHPM
Nadia Tremonti, MD
|2013||Charles G. Sasser, MD, FACP, FAAHPM||Daniel C. Johnson, MD, FAAHPM||Drew Rosielle, MD
Jane Delima Thomas, MD
Alen Voskanian, MD, FAAHPM, AAHIVS
|2012||Janet Bull, MD||Michael W. Rabow, MD||Justin N. Baker, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM
Jason Morrow, MD, PhD
Theresa A. Soriano, MD, MPH
|2011||Ann Allegre, MD, FACP, FAAHPM||Anthony Nicholas Galanos, MA, MD||Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, MD
Savithri Nageswaran, MBBS, MPH
Eric W. Widera, MD
|2010||Robert A. Milch, MD, FACS||(No award given this year.)||Elisabeth Potts Dellon, MD, MPH
Jeffrey N. Stoneberg, DO
Eytan Szmuilowicz, MD