Our Board

Terry M. Perlin, Ph.D

President


Terry M. Perlin, Ph.D, President, serves as Consultant in Medical Ethics at The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati. He is Emeritus Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Research Fellow at Scripps Gerontology Center, having been a faculty member at Miami University in Ohio from 1975-2009. He has held teaching and research positions at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; Wright State University School of Medicine; and the University of California, San Francisco. Terry received his B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in History of Ideas from Brandeis University. For ten years he was Ethics Consultant for the American Association of Blood Banks. Terry is the author of Clinical Medical Ethics: Cases In Practice and trains hospital ethics committees in case consultation.

Peter Rogatz, MD, MPH

Vice President


Peter Rogatz, MD, MPH, Vice President, a retired physician and health and hospital planning consultant, was Director of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Associate Director of the Health Sciences Center at the State University at Stony Brook, Senior Vice President of New York Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and Vice President for Medical Affairs of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He has served on various local, state and national health-related boards and committees. Deeply concerned throughout his career with issues of medical ethics, he serves currently on the ethics committees of The Medical Society of the State of New York, Hospice Care Network, and the North Shore-LIJ Health System. He is the author of two published books and numerous articles on the organization, delivery and ethics of health care.

Peter Bienstock, JD

Director


Peter Bienstock, JD, a founding partner of the matrimonial and family law firm, Hennessey & Bienstock LLP, has specialized in that area of the law for more than 25 years.  He is a cum laude graduate of the New York University School of Law, and a magna cum laude graduate of the City College of New York. He capped a 17-year career of public service by serving from 1987 until 1990 as the Executive Director of the New York State Commission on Government Integrity (The Feerick Commission). Prior to that, he served as Bureau Chief of New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams, including Chief of the Civil Rights and Consumer Frauds Bureaus. Peter served a four-year term on the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Barry Ensminger, JD

Director


Barry Ensminger, JD, brings the same passion to end-of- life choices that he has for issues at the beginning of life. He has had a long career promoting reproductive choice and healthy birth outcomes, along with health care access for poor families.  Barry served as Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of New York City, General Counsel and Vice President for Education at the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, General Counsel of the City’s Human Resources Administration, and Director of Policy/Counsel for City Council President Carol Bellamy. In late 2013, Barry retired from his most recent position as Vice President for External Affairs at Maimonides Medical Center.   He is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Lynne Kwalwasser, PhD

Director


Lynne Kwalwasser, PhD, has been a psychoanalyst for almost 40 years. In her private practice, she has worked with individuals, couples and groups. After obtaining her Ph.D. in psychology at New York University, she completed analytic training at the NYU Post-Doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Subsequently, she was appointed to the Supervising Faculty of the NYU Post-Doctoral Program. Lynne has chaired its Faculty Selection Committee and has served on the Executive Committee. She has been a Board member of End of Life Choices New York for over ten years. She has also been a member of the patient support team. She has written papers and delivered talks to psychoanalytic organizations regarding her work with dying patients.

Susan Nobel, LCSW

Director


Susan Nobel, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice, treating adult individuals and couples.  Her experience includes working with chronically ill and dying patients privately and through her work as a Board member of End of Life Choices New York and on the staff of a right-to- die organization.  Susan has had a career in Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  As one of the original Board members of our organization in New York, previously affiliated with Compassion and Choices, she has been involved in end-of- life legal, legislative, and individual issues for more than twenty years. Susan has an MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and a BA from Bennington College. She has had post-masters’ training in couples’ therapy, EMDR, hypnosis, and grief therapy.

Fred Schwartz, MD

Director


Fred Schwartz, MD, has been the Medical Director of Hospice of New York for 14 years. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical College and a Founding Member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Fred has previously served as the Medical Director of Visiting Nurse Service of NY Hospice Care, the Emergency Department at Mt. Sinai/Beth Israel Hospital, the Emergency Department at Beekman Downtown Hospital, Beekman Hospital’s Emergency Care Institute, and Telemetry Control of Emergency Medical Services of NY. His volunteer work has included being a physician on a kibbutz in Israel, being a Buddy for people with AIDS at GMHC, and serving as a Quaker volunteer in a maximum security prison. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College.

Peter J. Strauss, JD

Director


Peter J. Strauss, JD, practices trusts and estate law and has a special interest in issues involving the rights of persons with respect to health care treatment at the end of life. He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America (2007 to 2014) and in New York Super Lawyers – Metro Edition (2007 to 2015). Best Lawyers named him “New York City Elder Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2012. Peter is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, and director of the Elder Law Clinic, which he founded in 2003. He has written articles for many professional publications, including the New York Law Journal. Peter earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Bowdoin College.

Advisors to the Board

Minna Barrett, PhDJane EmeryHoward Grossman, MD
Carla Kerr, Esq.Samuel C. Klagsbrun, MDWanda Montalvo, PhD, RN
Martha Quiros, CPAThomas Schwarz, JDPaul Smith, Rev.
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