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Sconyers/Godfrey Bioethics Grand Rounds

Interventions in Infants With Profound Disability: Navigating Family Interests and Professional Values

Ben Wilfond, MD

  • January 16, 2020
  • 8 to 9 a.m., Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Benjamin WilfondBenjamin S. Wilfond, MD, is the director of the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children's Hospital and professor and chief of the Division of Bioethics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also adjunct professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities.

Wilfond is the chief of the Bioethics Consultation Service and attends in the Chest Clinic in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. He is member of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) Steering Committee and coordinates the ITHS Research Bioethics Consult Service. He earned his MD from the Rutgers University–New Jersey Medical School. He completed his pediatric residency and his fellowship in pediatric pulmonology and medical ethics at the University of Wisconsin. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Arizona, National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University.

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 for the Clinical Research Ethics Consultation Collaborative affialiated with the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program.

About Sconyers/Godfrey Bioethics Grand Rounds

The Sconyers/Godfrey Bioethics Grand Rounds engages the Seattle Children’s community around a challenging ethical issue, often inspired by recent clinical cases. The grand rounds are structured to be interactive. Typically, a Seattle Children’s clinician presents a hypothetical case to frame the ethical questions. A national expert then provides a commentary on the case, followed by a half hour for robust discussion involving the audience.

The Treuman Katz Center for Pediatrics Bioethics is grateful for Jeff Sconyers and Debra Godfrey’s ongoing support of our educational activities in bioethics, which enables us to offer this thought-provoking series.

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