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Bioethics Fellowship


The Pediatric Bioethics Fellowship Program is a two-year program that trains clinicians in Bioethics with a focus on pediatric issues in the clinical and research arenas. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare fellows for academic careers with an emphasis on scholarship in Pediatric Bioethics. Fellows are expected to enroll in the Bioethics Master’s Degree Program, conduct an independent research project, and participate in clinical Bioethics consultations.

The program is sponsored by the Division of Bioethics and Palliative Care in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Fellows benefit from collaborations with the Seattle Children’s Hospital Center for Diversity and Health Equity, as well as The University of Washington Department of Bioethics and Humanities, School of Medicine, Law School, School of Social Work, and School of Public Health.

The Bioethics Fellowship may be done in conjunction with subspecialty fellow training.

  • Scholarly Activities - Mentored research projects and presentations at professional meetings.

  • Educational Activities - Weekly seminars, visiting professor lectures, grand rounds series, and an annual Pediatric Bioethics conference.

  • Consultation Activities - Mentored Clinical Bioethics consultation with experienced Bioethicists at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington.

  • Teaching Activities - Lectures and case-based group discussions for medical students and house staff.

  • Clinical Activities - Patient care opportunities on inpatient units or ambulatory care clinics at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington Medical Center.

Candidates must plan to engage in Pediatric clinical care and/or research. Clinical training may be in Pediatrics or other Pediatrics-related areas, such as Anesthesia, Genetics, Psychiatry, Radiology or Surgery. This fellowship can be pursued concurrently with subspecialty training, and we welcome individuals who are already engaged in subspecialty training at Seattle Children's Hospital.

At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

Please find more information and resources related to the Department’s commitment and work for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


Interested candidates should submit an application online and e-mail a curriculum vitae, a personal statement about career and research interests, a writing sample and three letters of reference (submitted directly). 

For individuals currently enrolled in clinical fellowships at Seattle Children's Hospital or the University of Washington, we offer the opportunity to explore creative ways to combine the primary clinical fellowship with components of our Bioethics fellowship. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact Dr. Diekema at or Dr. Aaron Wightman at


The application deadline is November 27 for fellowship or combined fellowship with another clinical subspecialty program. Fellowship start date, if accepted, would be the following July. Applications should be sent to:

For more information, please see the Center's website.

Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children's Hospital is both a community hospital for greater Seattle and the pediatric referral center for the Northwest providing excellent pediatric care to meet the medical, surgical and developmental needs of children in the WWAMI region. Serving as the main clinical training site for pediatric residents, this 407-bed hospital is conveniently located one and one-half miles from the University of Washington campus in an attractive, residential neighborhood of Seattle. The staff consists of University faculty and Seattle Children's full-time physicians.

Additional Information: Message to Prospective Pediatric Residents and Fellows from Dr. Walker-Harding (YouTube); Resident Tour of Seattle Children’s Hospital (YouTube).

Fellowship Leadership

Fellowship Director

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Director of Education, Treuman Katz Center Fellowship Director, Bioethics Fellowship Program Chair, Institutional Review Board, Seattle Children's Research Institute Professor

Associate Fellowship Director

Aaron G. Wightman, MD, MA

Co- Director of Education, Treuman Katz Center Co-Director Bioethics Fellowship Associate Professor


Emily Berkman, MD, MA

Assistant Professor

Jonna D. Clark, MD, MA

Associate Professor

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Director of Education, Treuman Katz Center Fellowship Director, Bioethics Fellowship Program Chair, Institutional Review Board, Seattle Children's Research Institute Professor

Denise M. Dudzinski, PHD, MTS

Professor & Former Chair, Department of Bioethics & Humanities Professor, Division of Bioethics and Palliative Care

Katherine Ruth Gentry, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia Associate Professor, Division of Bioethics and Palliative Care

Jennifer C. Kett, MD, MA

Division Head Medical Director, Clinical Bioethics & Palliative Care Associate Professor

Stephanie Kraft, JD

Director of Research, Treuman Katz Center Assistant Professor

Brittany Lee, MD, MA

Clinician Researcher, Division of Hematology/Oncology Attending, Bioethics Consult Service

Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD, MPH

Chair, Seattle Children’s Hospital Ethics Committee Associate Professor

Roberto E. Montenegro, MD, PhD

Associate Director of Bias Reduction in Curricular Content (BRICC), UW School of Medicine Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Assistant Professor, Division of Bioethics and Palliative Care

Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH

Director, Treuman Katz Center Professor

Jeffrey Sconyers

Associate Teaching Professor, Health Services Adjunct Associate Teaching Professor

Holly Vo, MD, MPH, MSc, MA

Assistant Professor

Elliott Mark Weiss, MD, MSME

Associate Professor

Aaron G. Wightman, MD, MA

Co- Director of Education, Treuman Katz Center Co-Director Bioethics Fellowship Associate Professor

Joon-Ho Yu, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor

Bioethics Fellows

Brennan Kim, MD

Brennan Kim, MD, First Year Fellow

Daniel Kim, MD

Daniel Kim, MD, First Year Fellow

Kathryn Stephenson, MD

Kathryn Stephenson, MD, First Year Fellow

Allie Lyle, MD

Allie Lyle, MD, Second Year Fellow


Kirsten Wilhelm, MD

Kirsten Wilhelm, MD, Second Year Fellow


  • Holly Vo, MD, MA (2020-2022)

  • Brittany Lee, MD, MA (2020-2022)

  • Claire Shearer, RN, MA (2020-2022)

  • Aleks Olszewski, MD, MA (2019-2020)

  • Jenny Kingsley, MD, MA (2018-2020)
  • Kimberly Sawyer, MD, MA(2018-2020)
  • Emily Berkman, MD, MA (2016–2018)
  • Jessica Jeavons, JD, MA (2016–2018)
  • Jeanne Krick, MD, MA (2016–2018)
  • Kristi Klee, DNP, MSN, RN-BC (2015–2017)
  • Leah Kroon, MN, RN, CPHON (2015–2017)
  • Tyler Tate, MD, MA (2015–2017)  
  • Tracy Brazg, PhD, MSW, MPH, MA (2013–2016)
  • Daniel Benedetti, MD, MA (2014–2015)
  • Kate Gentry, MD, MA (2013–2016)
  • Jennifer Kett, MD, MA (2012–2014)
  • Aaron Wightman, MD, MA (2012–2014)  
  • Jessica Turnbull, MD, MA (2011–2013) 
  • Jennifer Guon, JD, MA (2010–2012)
  • Jonna Derbenwick Clark, MD, MA (2009–2011) 
  • Mitzi L. Murray, MD, MA (2009–2011)
  • Douglas Opel, MD, MPH (2006–2009)


Division of Bioethics and Palliative Care
M/S MB.5.605, PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98105