Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg, MD, is an associate clinical professor of medical ethics at the Hebrew University–Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Jewish Medical Ethics, published in seven volumes in Hebrew (two editions) and three volumes in English (translated by Dr. Fred Rosner), for which he was awarded the Israel Prize in 1999. Professor Steinberg is a senior pediatric neurologist at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. He directs the Medical Ethics Unit at Shaare Zedek. Head of the editorial board of the Talmudic Encyclopedia, he is also director of Yad Harav Herzog, and a member of national and international societies of child neurology, medical ethics, and Jewish medical ethics.
In Israel, Professor Steinberg is the co-chairman of the National Bioethics Council, chairman of the National Committee in accordance with the Dying Patient Act, a member of the National Committee in accordance with the Brain-Death Act, a member of the National Committee for Inspection on Mohalim, a member of the Institutional Review Board (“Helsinki Committee”) of Shaare Zedek, and a member of the Ethics Committee of Shaare Zedek.
He is the author and editor of 36 books and public reports in 53 volumes, and over 260 articles and chapters in scientific journals and books on Jewish medical ethics, general medical ethics, the history of medicine, medicine and law, and pediatric neurology. He has given over 3,000 expert witness opinions in court cases on pediatric neurology and medical ethics.