(From the December 2014 Research Now)
In November 2014, Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced the creation of the Center for Pediatric Bioethics. The mission of the Center is to improve children’s well-being by shedding light on the complex bioethical challenges faced by families, health care institutions and society and to stimulate ethical discourse across disciplines within the hospital and beyond.
The Center for Pediatric Bioethics will endeavor to achieve its mission through clinical consultation, educational activities, research, and policy evaluation and development. Additionally, the Center will provide oversight for the hospital’s existing Ethics Committee, which has effectively served as an institution-wide resource for more than 30 years. The Ethics Committee will continue its role in the area of consultation for challenging ethical issues for our families, patients and clinical staff.
“With the creation of the Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Nationwide Children’s, we will be even better prepared to meet not only our clinical and educational responsibilities but also continue to advance and contribute to the academic scholarly discussion about pediatric bioethical issues,” says Richard J. Brilli, MD, chief medical officer at Nationwide Children’s. “Nationwide Children’s will also reach out to our colleagues at The Ohio State University and begin to develop collaborations with the OSU Center for Bioethics.”
Pedro Weisleder, MD, PhD, has been appointed the Center Director, effective November 1, 2014. Dr. Weisleder is a pediatric neurologist at Nationwide Children’s and has co-chaired the Nationwide Children’s Ethics Committee since 2011, along with Linda Stoverock, DNP, RN, chief nursing officer at Nationwide Children’s. In addition to his clinical work, he currently serves as child neurology training program director and vice-chair of the graduate medical education committee at Nationwide Children’s and is a professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Weisleder received his medical degree from the National University in Mexico and earned an M.S. from the University of Arizona, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He completed his pediatric neurology training at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, is a member of the Child Neurology Society’s Ethics Committee, and has served as board member for the Bioethics Network of Ohio. Dr. Weisleder is also associate editor for neuro-ethics for the Journal of Child Neurology.