New pediatric bioethics center launched

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 29, 2009

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The center will develop educational programs for physicians and other health professionals at Children's Mercy and aims to "become a national center of excellence for pediatric bioethics," the hospital said in a statement.

Under Dr. Lantos' leadership, the new center "will have a truly significant impact both locally and nationally in shaping how care is provided for all of our children," according to a statement by Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics' president and CEO Randall L. O'Donnell, PhD.

Since 2007, Dr. Lantos has worked at the Kansas City-based Center for Practical Bioethics. He previously spent 21 years at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he was associate chair of pediatrics. He also has served as president of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics as well as the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

In his new job, Dr. Lantos will provide clinical ethics consultation services and continue his writing and research on ethical dilemmas in pediatrics. Dr. Lantos has published more than 250 journal articles and book chapters, and written or edited five books.

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