Robert Sade received his BA degree from Wesleyan University in 1959 and his MD degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1963. His surgical training at several Harvard teaching hospitals concluded as chief resident in cardiac surgery at the Boston Children’s Hospital. He was a member of the cardiac surgery faculty at the Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School before moving to the Medical University of South Carolina in 1975, to create and head the pediatric cardiac surgery program. His current positions include Professor of Surgery and Director of the Institute of Human Values in Health Care, Director of the Clinical Research Ethics Program of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute, and Head of the Bioethics Section of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, all at MUSC.
At MUSC, Dr. Sade has served as Chairman of the Faculty Senate, Assistant Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Medicine, President of the Medical Staff, and Medical Director of the University Medical Center. He has written several hundred articles, book chapters, and books on cardiothoracic surgery, medical education, biomedical ethics, and health policy. Dr. Sade currently serves as Associate Editor (Ethics) of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and on the Advisory Editorial Board of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. He has organized nearly 20 conferences and has edited over 15 special issues of peer-review journals on medical/surgical and bioethical topics.
Dr. Sade served on the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs from 2000 to 2007, ending his tenure as Chair of the Council in 2006 -2007. Current positions in national organizations include Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and Chair of the Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum.