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Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH

Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH

Bioethics, Pediatrics-Inpatient

On staff since September 2005

Children's Title: Director of Clinical Ethics; Vice-Chair, Ethics Committee

Academic Title: Assistant Professor, Division of Bioethics Department of Pediatrics; Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington School of Med

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

"I am passionate about treating the whole patient. I try not to stop at understanding a child's illness; I also try to understand their (and their family's) emotions, aspirations, values and goals. It is gratifying to see how much this often helps the healing process."

  • Douglas J. Opel, MD, is an assistant professor in the Divisions of Bioethics and General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, and at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Childrens Hospital.

    Dr. Opel received his MD from the University of Chicago and completed his residency and chief residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Childrens Hospital. He is a general pediatrician at Seattle Childrens Hospital and the University of Washington Medical Center-Roosevelt. His research interests include provider-parent communication, clinical ethics, and childhood vaccines.

    • Misty Pullman, WA 07.18.11

      My son was quite ill and the doctors were not sure exactly what was wrong for a while. It was a very scary time for us. Dr. Opel was wonderful! And exactly like his quote says, he does care for the patient and family as a whole. We saw more doctors than I ever wanted to during our stay at Children's, but Dr. Opel was our favorite. We ran into him a year later in the cafeteria while there for follow up care and he remember us, our son, and even what we did for a living. Fabulous man! Excellent doctor!

    • Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH
      Impact of a Pertussis Epidemic on Infant Vaccination in Washington State
      Pediatrics , 2014 Aug. 18 : 456-64
    • Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH
      How You Start the Conversation Matters
      Minn Med. , 2014 May : 97(5)50-1
    • Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH
      A 6-Month-Old With Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
      Pediatrics , 2014 Mar. : 133(3)526-30
    • Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH
      The Architecture of Provider-Parent Vaccine Discussions at Health Supervision Visits
      Pediatrics , 2013 Dec. : 132(6)1037-46
    • Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH
      Rethinking Vaccine Policy Making in an Era of Vaccine Hesitancy: Time to Rebuild, Not Remodel?
      Hum Vaccin Immunother , 2013 Dec. : 9(12)2672-3
    • Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH
      The Relationship Between Parent Attitudes About Childhood Vaccines Survey Scores and Future Child Immunization Status: a Validation Study
      JAMA Pediatr , 2013 Nov. : 167(11)1065-71
    • Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH
      Use of Alternative Childhood Immunization Schedules in King County, Washington, USA
      Vaccine , 2013 Oct. 1 : 31(42)4699-701
    • Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH
      Missed Opportunities for Adolescent Vaccination, 2006-2011
      J Adolesc Health , 2013 July 1 : 53(4)492-7
    • Opel DJ, Marcuse EK
      Window or Mirror: Social Networks' Role in Immunization Decisions
      Pediatrics , 2013 Apr, 15 : 131(5)1619-20
    • Opel DJ, Taylor JA, Phillipi CA, Diekema DS
      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
    • Opel DJ, Marcuse EK
      The Enigma of Alternative Childhood Immunization Schedules: What Are the Questions?
      JAMA Pediatrics , 2013 Jan. 21 : 167(3)304-5
    • Opel DJ
      Physician, Parent, Patient: Where Exactly Is the Line?
      Hastings Center Report , 2012 Oct. 15 : 42(6)14-18
    • Opel DJ, Banerjee A, King P, Paul C, Glassy D, Yasuda K
      Washington State Licensed Child Care Facility Directors' Perspectives on Childhood Immunization
      Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society , 2012 Sept. 19 : 2(1)40-9
    • Opel DJ, Olson ME
      Ethics for the Pediatrician: Bioethics Education and Resources
      Pediatrics in Review , 2012 Aug. 1 : 33(8)370-73
    • Taylor JA, Opel DJ
      Choriophobia: A One-Act Play
      Pediatrics , 2012 July 9 : 130(2)342-6
    • Opel DJ, Robinson JD, Heritage J, Korfiatis C, Taylor JA, Mangione-Smith R
      Characterizing Providers Immunization Communication Behaviors during Health Supervision Visits with Vaccine-Hesitant Parents: A Pilot Study
      Vaccine , 2012 Feb. 8 : 30(7)1269-75
    • Wightman A, Opel DJ, Marcuse E, Taylor J
      Washington State Pediatricians Attitudes Towards Alternative Childhood Immunization Schedules
      Pediatrics , 2011 Nov. 28 : 128(6)1094-9
    • 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
    • Opel D
      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
    • Payne DC, Humiston S, Opel DJ, Klein E, Kennedy A, Wikswo M, Downing K, Kobayashi A, Albertin C, Chesley C, Staat M
      A Multi-Center, Qualitative Assessment of Pediatrician and Parental Perspectives in Addressing the Detection of Porcine Circovirus in Rotavirus Vaccines
      BMC Pediatrics , 2011 Sept. 26 : 11:83
    • Opel DJ, Taylor J, Mangione-Smith R, Solomon C, Catz S, and Martin D
      Construct Validity of a Survey to Identify Vaccine-Hesitant Parents
      Vaccine , 2011 July 16 : 29(38)
    • Opel DJ, Korfiatis C, Wiese C, Catz S, Mangione-Smith R, Taylor JA, and Martin
      Development of a Survey to Identify Vaccine Hesitant Parents: The Parental Attitudes about Childhood Vaccines Survey
      Human Vaccines , 2011 Apr, 1 : 7(4)419-25
    • Opel DJ, Diekema DS, Marcuse EM
      Not Just a Bad Apple, but a Bad Barrel: The Biomedical Research System in the Wake of Wakefield
      BMJ , 2011 Jan. 22 : 342.179-80

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Identifying, Understanding, and Talking with Vaccine-Hesitant Parents Symposium, "From package to protection: How do we close global coverage gaps to optimize the impact of vaccination?" Fondation Mrieux Conference Center, Veyrier-du-Lac, France Sept. 24, 2014 - Sept. 25, 2014
    Communicating with Parents about Vaccination National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Clinical Vaccinology Course Seattle, WA March 22, 2014
    The Parent Attitudes about Childhood Vaccine (PACV) Survey: Development, Evaluation, and Future Directions National Vaccine Advisory Committee Sept. 9, 2013
    Rising to the Occasion: Strategies for Communicating with Vaccine Hesitant Parents American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition New Orleans, LA Oct. 22, 2012
    Taking Talk to the Next Level: In Search of Communication Practices that Increase Parental Immunization Acceptance National Immunization Conference, Hosted by the CDC On Line Atlanta, GA March 27, 2012
    Findings on Alternative Immunization Schedule Practices Institute of Medicine Committee on the Safety of the Childhood Immunization Schedule Seattle, WA March 8, 2012
    Increasing Childhood Immunization Through Improved Provider-Parent Communication Pediatric Grand Rounds, University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK Nov. 11, 2011
    Blurring the Boundaries of Research and Clinical Care: A Constructive Ambiguity? 12th Annual American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Meeting Minneapolis, MN Oct. 14, 2011
    Rising to the Occasion: Strategies for Communicating with Vaccine Hesitant Parents Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting Denver, CO May 3, 2011
  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Increasing Childhood Immunization Rates through Improved Provider-Parent Communication NIH / NICHD $649,652.00 Aug. 6, 2011
    Randomized Controlled Trial of Provider Intervention to Improve Childhood Immunizations in Hesitant Parents Group Health Foundation $30,242.00 July 1, 2011

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics

Medical/Professional School

University of Chicago, Chicago
University of Washington, Seattle

Residency

Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Fellowship

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Research Description

My research interests include provider communication strategies that improve parental acceptance of childhood vaccines and devising methods to identify and address organizational issues underlying ethical conflict.

Research Focus Area

Translational Research