Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

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Research interests: bioethical issues, especially those pertaining to children and adolescents. Special interests include consent and confidentiality issues in pediatrics, the limits of parental medical decision-making authority for children, ethics and child health policy, ethics in emergency medicine, ethical issues that arise in medical training, teaching of ethics to residents and students, and ethics in pediatric research.


Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH, is attending physician and director of education for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Childrens Hospital and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and his MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health.

He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. He is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a member of several medical organizations. His teaching responsibilities include education in the emergency department, monthly pediatric ethics conferences and several education committees. He has been a visiting professor throughout the WAMI region (Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho). He is nationally sought after as a lecturer. He has numerous local and national committee responsibilities, as well as an extensive bibliography. He is past-chair of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Ethics Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics. His research interests include pediatric bioethics and pediatric wilderness medicine.

Dr. Doug Diekema's bibliography includes Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook,Cambridge University Press, 2011.

About this book: "I wrote this book to fill a gap in the literature. Many people asked me to recommend one book they should read to get an introduction to issues in pediatric clinical ethics. I was not happy with the options available, and decided to put together a volume that covered the issues comprehensively and in a manner that was relevant to clinical providers and ethics scholars.

This volume provides a practical overview of the ethical issues arising in pediatric practice. The case-based approach grounds the bioethical concepts in real-life situations, covering a broad range of important and controversial topics, including informed consent, confidentiality, truthfulness and fidelity, ethical issues relating to perinatology and neonatology, end-of-life issues, new technologies, and problems of justice and public health in pediatrics. A dedicated section also addresses the topics of professionalism, including boundary issues, conflicts of interests and relationships with industry, ethical issues arising during training, and dealing with the impaired or unethical colleague. Each chapter contains a summary of the key issues covered and recommendations for approaching similar situations in other contexts. Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook is an essential resource for all physicians who care for children, as well as medical educators, residents and scholars in clinical bioethics." --Dr. Doug Diekema, November 2011.

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

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Division of Bioethics and Division of Emergency Medicine