Douglas J Opel, MD, MPH

Douglas J Opel, MD, MPH


"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."
  • Biography

    Douglas J. Opel, MD, is a 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 and Palliative Care 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 Children's Hospital. He is a general pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington Medical Center. His research interests include medical decision-making, communication science and public health ethics.

    Board Certification(s)



    University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA


    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


    University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

    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

  • Related Resources

    • Opel Lab

      The Opel Lab focuses on clinician-parent communication and medical decision-making, with a primary goal to improve child health by identifying effective clinician communication strategies that positively influence parent acceptance of recommended interventions for children. Specific research topics include vaccine communication and delivery, shared decision-making, and the clinician-parent relationship.

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