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Eric Kodish, MD

Eric Kodish, MD
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Department Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English, Hebrew
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Benign Hematology
  • Cancer Center
  • Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anemia
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Clots
  • Clotting Disorders
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Neutropenia
  • Qualitative Platelet Problems
  • Quantitative Platelet Problems
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About Eric Kodish, MD

Eric Kodish, MD is a pediatric hematologist and Professor of Pediatrics at the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.  He is Vice-Chair for Professional Staff Affairs and Faculty Development in the Pediatric Institute.  He also co-directs the Art and Practice of Medicine (APM) course in the Lerner College of Medicine Years 1 and 2 curriculum and chairs the APM Steering Committee. He has joint appointments as Professor of Bioethics and Oncology at CWRU, and in the Cleveland Clinic Center for Bioethics.

He previously served as the Program Director for the Cleveland Clinic Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (2017-22).  Prior to that, he was Director of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Spiritual Care (2010-16) and the F. J. O'Neill Professor and Chairman of the Department of Bioethics (2004-16).  He was the founding Executive Director of the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics.

From 1993-2004, he cared for children with cancer and blood diseases at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where he was the founding director of the Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics. His areas of expertise include childhood cancer and blood diseases, pediatric ethics, end-of-life issues, and research ethics. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2001, and was elected Chair of its Board of Trustees in 2011.

Dr. Kodish has been Principal Investigator on a series of three NCI funded multi-site studies of informed consent in childhood cancer. The American Cancer Society, Greenwall Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Cancer Treatment Research Foundation have also funded his work. 

He has been an active committee member and consultant at the Institute of Medicine. He served as Chair of the Bioethics Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group from 2002-2008, and was an appointed member of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 1999-2005. He has also served on the Science and Medicine Advisory Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and on the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) at the NIH.

He currently serves on the External Scientific Panel for the Cure Sickle Cell initiative at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).  Prior to this, he completed a 5 year term as a member of the Advisory Council at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH. Previously, he has been a member of the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections Subcommittee for Research Involving Children at the Office of Human Research Protections and the NCI’s Pediatric Central IRB. 

He is frequently invited to present lectures nationally and internationally on ethics, childhood cancer and informed consent. He is the author of more than one hundred peer-reviewed publications in journals including JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine, as well as book chapters and reviews. He is the editor of "Ethics and Research with Children: A Case-Based Approach," published by Oxford University Press, first published in February 2005 with Second Edition expected 2017. Dr. Kodish was elected as a Fellow of the Hastings Center in 2013 and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Children's Oncology Group (2005) and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (2016).

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Chicago
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Chicago, IL USA

Fellowship - University of Chicago
Research in Ethics & Oncology
Chicago, IL USA

Residency - Northwestern University, Foster McGaw Medical Center
Chicago, IL USA

Internship - Children's Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL USA

Medical Education - Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Rootstown, OH USA

Undergraduate - Kent State University
Kent, OH USA


  • Pediatrics - Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Specialty Interests

childhood cancer, general clinical hematology and oncology, pediatric ethics, pediatric hematology, research ethics, Sickle Cell Anemia

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 7/27/2023, Dr. Kodish has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Kodish receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Incyte Corporation

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

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