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Dr. Charles E. Binkley, MD

Dr. Charles Binkley is a liver and pancreas surgeon, a bioethicist, and a health care quality leader. Dr. Binkley attended Georgetown University School of Medicine where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, and completed his surgery training at the University of Michigan where he was awarded an NIH fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery and pancreatic cancer research.

Dr. Binkley is the Director of Bioethics at Hackensack Meridian Health, and Associate Professor of Surgery at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. Prior to his current position, Dr. Binkley practiced liver and pancreas surgery at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco, California where he also led the Bioethics consult service. Dr. Binkley was also Director of Bioethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in Silicon Valley where he still holds the honorary title of Bioethics Fellow.

His academic research is focused on ethical issues impacting physicians and patients when Artificial Intelligence systems are used to support clinical decisions. In particular, Dr. Binkley is interested in the need to inform patients when AI systems are used for clinical decision making, shared machine-physician agency for making clinical decisions, and assigning moral responsibility for AI guided clinical decisions.

Dr. Binkley has served on the Committee on Ethical, Legal, and Judicial Affairs of the California Medical Association, the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Medical Society. He currently serves on Hackensack Meridian Health’s Predictive Health Working Group, and the admissions committee at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities as a Healthcare Ethics Consultant.

Dr. Binkley’s work has appeared in Cancer Research, Annals of Surgery, The Journal of the American College of Surgeons, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Surgery, AMA Journal of Ethics, The American Journal of Bioethics, and Verdict. Dr. Binkley is currently writing a book which will be published by the University of California Press entitled, Encoding Bioethics, which is about the ethical use of AI to make clinical decisions.

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