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Eric Kodish, MD is the Director of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Spiritual Care. He also serves as the F. J. O'Neill Professor and Chairman of the Department of Bioethics, Executive Director of the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.
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 is currently 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 an elected fellow of the Hastings Center. 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 (February 2005). Dr. Kodish was elected as a Fellow of the Hastings Center in 2013.
Chair, NEOMED Board of Trustees 2011-13
childhood cancer, general clinical hematology and oncology, pediatric ethics, pediatric hematology, research ethics, Sickle Cell Anemia
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