Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics

Programs and Resources

The Treuman Katz Center serves as a national resource, helping physicians, researchers and policymakers advance their knowledge of bioethics and navigate complex moral dilemmas.

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Key Partnerships

Partnerships are an essential part of the Treuman Katz Center’s mission. Our researchers collaborate with colleagues across the nation and around the world in pursuit of answers to complex bioethics questions.

Our partners include the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the Department of Bioethics and Humanities and the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington.

Bioethics Consultations

Our bioethicists provide practical guidance to families, providers, researchers and policymakers about patient care, public health and research issues. Our consultation service is available to colleagues throughout Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington, and we offer informal advice to people at outside institutions. Learn more about our services.


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Laventhal N, Basak R, Dell ML, Diekema D, Elster N, Geis G, Mercurio M, Opel D, Shalowitz D, Statter M, Macauley R.The Ethics of Creating a Resource Allocation Strategy During the COVID-19 Pandemic.Pediatrics. 2020 Jul;146(1):e20201243.

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Our Experts in the Media

  • Why kids need their own COVID-19 vaccine trials – 2/19/21 – National Geographic

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that new vaccines be independently studied in children. This careful approach to pediatric research is a welcome contrast to the period from the 1900s until the 1970s, when some children were subjected to abuse in the name of medical progress, says Douglas Diekema, director of education for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Few people know about the kids in institutions that were involved in egregious research,” he says.

  • Five questions about COVID-19 vaccine trials in teens, answered – 2/1/21 – Science News for Students

    Clinical trials are designed with safety in mind, says pediatrician Douglas Diekema. He works at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington. As a bioethicist, he studies codes of conduct in biology and medicine. Because kids can’t fully consent for themselves, he notes, scientists make sure the vaccine is safe in adults first.

  • Vaccine trials ramp up in children and adolescents – 2/26/21 – Science

    Adult deaths from COVID-19 dwarf those in children: In the United States, for example, young people make up about 250 of 500,000 total deaths. But for children, COVID-19 is still “causing more deaths than influenza does in a typical season,” says Douglas Diekema, a pediatrician and bioethicist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Those are unnecessary deaths and should be prevented.”