Educational Resources

The Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics is committed to training clinicians for academic careers in bioethics to ensure that the next generation of scholars, teachers and consultants are able to engage in pediatric bioethics issues and to encourage medical students and residents to consider careers in bioethics.

We will engage students and healthcare professionals in reasoning and problem solving that draw heavily on the knowledge base of ethics-related disciplines. We reject both the absolutist view that there is only one right answer and the relativistic view that all answers are as good as any others.

Confronting Tragic Choices in the Midst of a Pandemic (Video, 1:01:55)

Our community is facing unprecedented challenges to our healthcare system. This panel discussion examines how decisions are made when resources are scarce. This is a vital conversation for all healthcare workers and all citizens in our healthcare system.


  • Brianna Enriquez, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Management
  • Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH, Director of Education, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics
  • Danielle Zerr, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Infection Prevention


  • The epidemiologic factors of COVID-19
  • Seattle Children’s response and planning around COVID-19
  • Introduction to crisis standards of care:
    • What would this look like for the region?
    • How would this impact Seattle Children's?

Practical Guide to Bioethics

Dr. Douglas Diekema's book, Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics, provides practical guidance on a broad range of important and controversial issues

Case-Based Teaching Guides

We provide materials using cases and discussion points for education and training of health professionals and students.

Clinical Bioethics Fellowship

Our two-year bioethics fellowship emphasizes pediatric issues in the clinical and research arenas. The goal is to prepare physicians for academic careers.

Grand Rounds

Each year, the Treuman Katz Center sponsors three to four presentations that focus on ethical issues in medicine.

Sconyers/Godfrey Ethics Grand Rounds

These grand rounds consist of a case presentation and commentary, followed by discussion with the audience.

Treuman Katz Lectureship

Treuman Katz, president emeritus of Seattle Children’s, retired in September 2005 as president and chief executive officer. The bioethics center was named in his honor, including the establishment of the annual Treuman Katz Lectureship in Pediatric Bioethics.

Conference Archives

Our annual conference explores some of the most pressing pediatric bioethics questions. Watch videos and presentations from past conferences in our archives.

A special supplement published in Pediatrics features manuscripts from the 15th annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference – “Defining Moments in Pediatric Bioethics: Future Insights from Past Controversies.” Learn more about the publication.