Capacity, Finances, and the Elderly

Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD provides a psychiatrist's perspective
Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD
Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD, director of the Master of Bioethics degree program at Harvard Medical School

Rebecca W. Brendel, MD, JD is the Clinical Director of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program and the Director of Law and Ethics at the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior at MGH. She has previously served as a psychiatrist on the MGH Consultation Psychiatry Service and as staff at the MGH Law & Psychiatry Service, where she was Associate Director of the Harvard Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Brendel graduated with Honors from both University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at MGH and McLean Hospital and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at MGH. From 2006 – 2007, she was the Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University. She is also admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. She is a Fellow and Councilor of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Brendel has served on the Ethics Committees of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and chaired the Standards and Ethics Subcommittee of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Brendel’s educational efforts and research interests are informed by her broad clinical practice and focus on issues at the interface of psychiatry, medicine, law, ethics, and human rights. She regularly teaches in both medical and legal continuing education programs.

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This symposium was sponsored by the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior and the Boston Society for Neurology and Psychiatry.