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Elizabeth Chaitin, MSW, MA, DHCE

Director of Hospital Based Palliative Care Services

UMPC Palliative and Supportive Institute





UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute

405 Iroquois Building

3600 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15261


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Elizabeth Chaitin, MSW, MA, DHCE is the Director of Hospital Based Palliative Care for the Palliative and Supportive Institute of UPMC and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine in the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics. Dr. Chaitin is a member of the teaching faculty for the Internal Medicine and Family Practice Residency Programs of UPMC Shadyside, the Master of Arts in Bioethics Program, and the Consortium Ethics Program of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law.


BS – Psychology, University of Pittsburgh (1987)

MA – Social Work, University of Pittsburgh (1988)

MA – Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh (1996)

DHCE – Health Care Ethics, Duquesne University (2000)

Research and Professional Interests

Measuring of the informed consent process

Measuring patient competence assessment

Effectiveness of interdisciplinary health care team communication

Teaching Activities

Clinical Instructor, Master of Arts in Bioethics Program, University of Pittsburgh

Clinical Instructor, MA and Doctoral Program in Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University

Instructor/group facilitator, Medicine, Ethics & Society, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Faculty member, Consortium Ethics Program, Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh

Clinical Instructor, Family Practice and Internal Medicine Residency Programs, UPMC Shadyside Hospital

Selected Publications


Csikai E, Chaitin E. Ethics and End-of-Life Decisions in Social Work Practice. Chicago, IL: Lyceum Books, Inc., 2005.



DeVita MA, Mori Brooks M, Zawistowski C, Rudich S, Daly B, Chaitin E. Donors after cardiac death: validation of identification criteria (DVIC) study for predictors of rapid death. American Journal of Transplantation 2008; 8: 432-441.


Anderson, WG, Hunt S, Chaitin E, Arnold RM. Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Therapies. In: Emanuel L & Librach S, editors. Palliative Care Core Skills and Clinical Competencies. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Publishing, 2007.


Aulisio M, Chaitin E, Arnold R. Ethics and Palliative Care Consultation in the ICU. In: Critical Care Clinics. Campbell M & Curtis JR, editors. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Publishing, July 2004.


Chaitin E, Stiller R, Jacobs S. Physician-patient relationship in the intensive care unit: erosion of the sacred trust. Critical Care Medicine May 2003; 31(5): S 367-372.


Chaitin B, Arnold RM. A case of family disagreement. In: Heffner JE, Byock JR, editors.  End of Life Pearls. Philadelphia, PA: Hanley and Belfus, 2002. 99-102.


Chaitin B. Be careful not to close your eyes. UPMC Health System Palliative Care and Hospice Newsletter 2000; 2: 1.


Chaitin B. Case thirteen: advance directives and pregnancy. In: Kuczewski and Pinkus, Editors. An Ethics Casebook for Community Hospitals. Georgetown University Press, 1999. 73-78.


Chaitin B. Every person tells a story. Caregivers News and Report. May 1998; 36-38.


Chaitin B. Futility of care: when is enough, enough?  Caregivers News and Report June 1998; 10-13.


Chaitin B. Measuring capacity for medical decision-making in the ICU. Caregivers News and Report August 1998; 23-29.