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Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Emergency Medicine, Bioethics

On staff since October 1990

Children's Title: Director of Education Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics; Chair, Institutional Review Board Committee

Academic Title: Professor, Division of Bioethics and Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Bioethics and Humanities and Dept. of Internal Medicine, UWSOM; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Health Services, School of Public Health

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH, is attending physician and director of education for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and his MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. He is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a member of several medical organizations. His teaching responsibilities include education in the emergency department, monthly pediatric ethics conferences and several education committees. He has been a visiting professor throughout the WAMI region (Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho). He is nationally sought after as a lecturer. He has numerous local and national committee responsibilities, as well as an extensive bibliography. He is past-chair of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Ethics Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics. His research interests include pediatric bioethics and pediatric wilderness medicine.

Dr. Doug Diekema's bibliography includes Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

About this book: "I wrote this book to fill a gap in the literature. Many people asked me to recommend one book they should read to get an introduction to issues in pediatric clinical ethics. I was not happy with the options available, and decided to put together a volume that covered the issues comprehensively and in a manner that was relevant to clinical providers and ethics scholars.

This volume provides a practical overview of the ethical issues arising in pediatric practice. The case-based approach grounds the bioethical concepts in real-life situations, covering a broad range of important and controversial topics, including informed consent, confidentiality, truthfulness and fidelity, ethical issues relating to perinatology and neonatology, end-of-life issues, new technologies, and problems of justice and public health in pediatrics. A dedicated section also addresses the topics of professionalism, including boundary issues, conflicts of interests and relationships with industry, ethical issues arising during training, and dealing with the impaired or unethical colleague. Each chapter contains a summary of the key issues covered and recommendations for approaching similar situations in other contexts. Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook is an essential resource for all physicians who care for children, as well as medical educators, residents and scholars in clinical bioethics." --Dr. Doug Diekema, November 2011.

 

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatrics

Medical/Professional School

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
University of Washington School of Public Health , Seattle

Residency

Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison

Fellowship

Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Pediatric ethics, Wilderness medicine

Research Focus Area

Bioethics

Publications

  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    The OHRP and SUPPORT
    The New England journal of medicine , 2013 June 5
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Ethics of Social Media Research: Common Concerns and Practical Considerations
    Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking , 2013 May 16 : 16(5)
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Policy Statement: Ethical Controversies in Organ Donation after Circulatory Death
    Pediatrics , 2013 Apr, 29 : 131(5)1021-26
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    The Intersection of Evidence and Values in Clinical guidelines: Who Decides What Constitutes Acceptable Risk in the Care of Children?
    Hospital Pediatrics , 2013 Apr, 1 : 3(2)87-91
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Cultural Bias and Circumcision: The AAP Task Force on Circumcision Responds
    Pediatrics , 2013 Mar. 18 : 131(4)801-4
  • The AAP Task Force on Circumcision 2012
    The AAP Task Force on Neonatal Circumcision: a call for respectful dialogue.
    Journal of medical ethics , 2013 Mar. 18
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Ethical and Policy Issues in Genetic Testing and Screening of Children: Technical Report
    Genetics in Medicine , 2013 Feb. 21 : 15(3)234-245
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Policy Statement: Ethical and policy issues in genetic testing and screening of children.
    Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics , 2013 Feb. 21 : 15(3)620-22
  • Shand J, Berg J, Bogue C, Committee for Pediatric Research, Committee on Bioethics
    Human embryonic stem cell (hESC) and human embryo research.
    Pediatrics , 2012 Nov. : 130(5)972-7
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision
    Male circumcision.
    Pediatrics , 2012 Sept. : 130(3)e756-85
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Circumcision
    Circumcision policy statement.
    Pediatrics , 2012 Sept. : 130(3)585-6
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Female Genital Cutting: The Misnomer of Female Circumcision
    Surgical Guide to Circumcision , 2012 July : 281-90
  • Wilfond BS, Diekema DS
    Engaging children in genomics research: decoding the meaning of assent in research.
    Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics , 2012 Apr, : 14(4)437-43
  • Diekema DS
    Improving childhood vaccination rates.
    The New England journal of medicine , 2012 Feb. : 366(5)391-3
  • Opel DJ, Diekema DS
    Finding the proper balance between freedom and justice: why we should not eliminate personal belief exemptions to vaccine mandates.
    Journal of health politics, policy and law , 2011 Oct. 14 : 37(1)141-7
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-based Textbook
    Cambridge University Press , 2011 Oct.
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    When Institutional, Professional, and Public Health Obligations Conflict: The Controversial Case of Youth Boxing in Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-based Textbook
    Cambridge University Press , 2011 Oct. : 211-14
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    The Impaired, Incompetent, and Unethical Provider in Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-based Textbook
    Cambridge University Press , 2011 Oct. : 231-34
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Parental Refusals of Vaccination and School Vaccine Mandates: Balancing Parental Freedom, Child Welfare, and Public Health in Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-based Textbook
    Cambridge University Press , 2011 Oct. : 205-10
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Parental Refusals of Recommended Medical Interventions in Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-based Textbook
    Cambridge University Press , 2011 Oct. : 14-7
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Reasons to think twice before calling CPS about morbid obesity
    AAP Grand Rounds , 2011 Oct. : 26(4)48
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Examining the Quest to Eliminate Discrepancies in IRB Decisions
    AJOB Primary Research , 2011 Aug. : 2(2)34-6
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Clinical Report: Maternal-Fetal Intervention and Fetal Care Centers
    Pediatrics , 2011 Aug. : 128e473-78
  • Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Committee on Bioethics
    Policy Statement: Consent for emergency medical services for children and adolescents.
    Pediatrics , 2011 Aug. : 128(2)427-33
  • Diekema DS
    Adolescent refusal of lifesaving treatment: are we asking the right questions?
    Adolescent medicine: state of the art reviews , 2011 Aug. : 22(2)213-28
  • Nishisaki A, Diekema DS
    Mind the gap and narrowing it: family presence during pediatric resuscitation and invasive procedures.
    Resuscitation , 2011 June : 82(6)655-6
  • Diekema DS
    Revisiting the best interest standard: uses and misuses.
    The Journal of clinical ethics , 2011 June : 22(2)128-33
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Waitress in The Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies
    Oxford University Press , 2011 May : 186-91
  • Rosenthal MS, Diekema DS
    Pediatric ethics guidelines for hereditary medullary thyroid cancer.
    International journal of pediatric endocrinology , 2011 Mar. : 847603
  • Opel DJ, Diekema DS, Marcuse EK
    Not Just a Bad Apple, but a Bad Barrel: The Biomedical Research System in the Wake of Wakefield
    BMJ , 2011 Jan. 22 : 342179 - 80
  • Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH
    Bone Marrow Donation Between Siblings Living in Different Families
    Pediatrics , 2011 Jan. : 127(1)158-62

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
Child Brain Development: Implications for Consent, Assent, and Refusal of Life-Saving Interventions Pediatric Grand Rounds, Montreal Childrens Hospital/McGill University Montreal, Canada Dec. 5, 2012
Vaccine Hesitancy 8th Annual New Jersey Vaccines for Children Conference East Windsor, NJ Nov. 11, 2012
Eyes Wide Open: Physicians and Industry Relationships Pediatric Grand Rounds, Yale University New Haven, CT Oct. 31, 2012
In Case You Missed It: Interesting Articles from AAP Grand Rounds American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition New Orleans, LA Oct. 21, 2012
Making Assent Meaningful in Research Involving Children Annual Ethics and Compliance in Oncology Research Conference Houston, TX Oct. 7, 2012
Breathing Sense into Croup and Asthma Clinical Pediatric Conference Vancouver, Canada Oct. 5, 2012
The Adolescent Brain: OMG, What R They Thinking? Clinical Pediatric Conference Vancouver, Canada Oct. 5, 2012
Ethical Issues when Parents Refuse Vaccines American Academy of Pediatrics, Nevada Chapter, Fifth Annual Meeting Las Vegas, NV Aug. 11, 2012
When our Patients Wander off the Trail: Lessons from Wilderness Mishaps Pediatric Grand Rounds, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC May 17, 2012
Ethical Issues in the Management of Puberty and Fertility in Mentally Challenged Children Bioethics Grand Rounds, University of Kentucky Lexington, KY May 15, 2012
Adolescent Patients Refusal of Recommended Medical Therapy American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Annual Meeting New Orleans, LA May 10, 2012
Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies Idaho Society for Respiratory Care Annual State Conference Booise, ID April 24, 2012
Understanding Disagreement and Resolving Conflict Idaho Society for Respiratory Care Annual State Conference Boise, ID April 24, 2012
When Parents and Providers Disagree: Understanding and Responding to Conflicts in the Care of Children Pediatric Grand Rounds/Visiting Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC Nov. 2, 2011 - Nov. 4, 2011
Difficult Parents/Difficult Patients American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition Boston, MA Oct. 15, 2011 - Oct. 17, 2011
Consent, Confidentiality, and the Clap: Ethical Controversies in Pediatric Emergency Medicine American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition Boston, MA Oct. 15, 2011 - Oct. 17, 2011
Ethical Issues in the Management of Puberty and Fertility in Children with Chronic Disabilities 93rd Annual Meeting and Expo of The Endocrine Society Boston, MA June 7, 2011
When Parents and Providers Disagree: Understanding and Responding to Conflicts in the Medical Care of Children Childrens Hospital at Dartmouth Pediatric Grand Rounds Lebanon, NH May 11, 2011
Rising to the Occasion: Strategies for Communicating with Vaccine Hesitant Parents Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting Denver, CO May 1, 2011 - May 3, 2011
Are IRBs Seriously Outmoded? A Debate Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting Denver, CO May 1, 2011 - May 3, 2011
Stopping Growth Hormone Therapy: How Tall is Tall Enough? Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting Denver, CO May 1, 2011 - May 3, 2011
Ethics in Pediatrics: When can a Parent Decline Treatment for a Child? National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting Las Vegas, NV April 28, 2011
Who Decides? Understanding Autonomy and Ethical Decision-making for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities Los Angeles, CA April 15, 2011
Eyes Wide Open: Physicians and Industry Sinai Hospital Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Baltimore, MD March 24, 2011
Whats "Hot: in Pediatric Bioethics St. Lukes Childrens Hospital Pediatric Bioethics Conference Boise, ID Jan. 28, 2011 - Jan. 29, 2011
What is Futility? St. Lukes Childrens Hospital Pediatric Bioethics Conference Boise, ID Jan. 28, 2011 - Jan. 29, 2011
Keynote: Adolescent Patients: Assent and Confidentiality St. Lukes Childrens Hospital Pediatric Bioethics Conference Boise, ID Jan. 28, 2011 - Jan. 29, 2011

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Parental Permission and Adolescent Assent and Decision-Making in Clinical Research NIH Clinical Center $29,000.00 June 1, 2009