Steven Joffe, MD, MPH

Steven Joffe

Steven Joffe is a pediatric oncologist and bioethicist who is currently the Emanuel and Robert Hart Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Joffe's research addresses the many ethical challenges that arise in the conduct of clinical and translational investigation. He has led NIH and foundation grants to study the roles and responsibilities of principal investigators in multicenter randomized trials, accountability in the clinical research enterprise, children’s capacity to engage in research decisions, return of individual genetic results to participants in epidemiologic cohort studies, and the integration of whole-exome sequencing technologies into the clinical care of cancer patients. He has coauthored over 75 articles addressing these topics. He currently chairs the Children’s Oncology Group Bioethics Committee, and serves as a member of the FDA’s Pediatrics Ethics Subcommittee. Dr. Joffe attended Harvard College, received his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco, and received his public health degree from UC Berkeley. He trained in pediatrics at UCSF and undertook fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Pediatric Bioethics Seminar: Involving Children in Decisions about Research

  • Wednesday, October 22, 3:30 p.m.
  • Soundgarden Room, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, 1900 Ninth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
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Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture: The Ethics of Early-Phase Trials in Children with Cancer

  • Thursday, October 23, 8 a.m.
  • Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
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Past Lectures

Treuman Katz, President Emeritus, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Treuman Katz

Treuman Katz is president emeritus of Seattle Children’s. He retired in September 2005 as president and chief executive officer.

Under Katz’s leadership, key partnerships and joint ventures resulted in the successful creation and development of mission-based initiatives that moved Seattle Children’s into national prominence. Katz served as a top executive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a 1,000-bed hospital in Los Angeles, for 11 years prior to his tenure at Seattle Children’s.

As a tribute to Katz’s strong leadership and distinguished tenure at Children’s for 26 years, and his efforts to create an environment that recognizes all of the complex ethical issues associated with research, the hospital board of trustees named the bioethics center in his honor, including the establishment of the Treuman Katz Lectureship in Pediatric Bioethics. With Seattle Children’s expanded research mission, aimed at preventing, curing and elimination pediatric disease, his vision for the center has become especially important.