The Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, led by Dr. Benjamin S. Wilfond, director, and Dr. Douglas S. Diekema, director of education, is the first bioethics center in the country to focus on pediatric issues and serves as a national resource for addressing the complex bioethical issues affecting families, healthcare institutions and society.

Benjamin S. Wilfond, MD

Benjamin WilfondProfessor and Chief, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Director, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics

Dr. Benjamin S. Wilfond is director of the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics. He coordinates the Research Bioethics Consult Service for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. He conducts research on ethical and policy issues related to genetic testing, genetic research and pediatrics research. He has recently worked on issues related to newborn screening, disclosure of genetic research results, pediatric biobanks and children with disabilities. He is the past president of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors and the chair of the Clinical Research Ethics Consultation Collaborative affiliated with the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program.

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Douglas DiekemaProfessor, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Director of Education, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics

Dr. Douglas S. Diekema is director of education at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics. 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.

In 2011, Diekema authored Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook. The book fills a gap in bioethics literature by providing a comprehensive introduction to the ethical issues that arise in pediatric practice.

Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH

Douglas OpelAssistant Professor, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
Director of Clinical Ethics, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics
Vice-Chair, Ethics Committee, Seattle Children's

Dr. Doug Opel is director of clinical ethics of the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics. He is also vice-chair of the ethics committee at Seattle Children’s. His primary research is on the epidemiological, ethical and decision-making domains of parental refusal or delay of childhood vaccines. He has interest in provider-parent communication, health communication, public health ethics and clinical ethics consultation.

Faculty

Past faculty

Affiliate Faculty

Fellows

Bioethics fellows

  • Emily Berkman, MD
  • Jessica Jeavons, JD
  • Kristi Klee, DNP, MSN, RN-BC
  • Jeanne Krick, MD
  • Leah Kroon, MN, RN, CPHON
  • Tyler Tate, MD

Research fellows

  • Stephanie Alessi Kraft, JD
  • Nancy Lau, MA

Research Staff

  • Tracy Brazg, MSW, MPH
  • Ellen Kuwana, MS
  • Katherine Lepere, BA
  • Kathryn Porter, JD, MPH
  • Krysta Shutske, PhD, MPH

Administration

  • Kathy Fennell, RN, MPH, MBA, manager
  • Sharee Smith, senior administrative assistant