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Pediatric Bioethics in the Shadow of COVID Symposium

The COVID-19 pandemic raised complicated ethical issues for children and those who care for them. On May 5, 2021, the Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center hosted a symposium to discuss these complex ethical issues. Thought leaders in pediatric bioethics and health policy reflected on the successes, failures and surprises that arose and that likely will continue with the COVID-19 pandemic.

View and download presentations and handouts from the "Pediatric Bioethics in the Shadow of COVID Symposium."


Alyssa Burgart, MD

Alyssa Burgart, MD is a pediatric anesthesiologist who is Chair of the Ethics Committee at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University.

Doug Diekema, MD, MPH 

Doug Diekema, MD, MPH is a pediatric ER physician and past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics.

Helene Gayle, MD, MPH

Helene Gayle, MD, MPH is a pediatrician who is President of the Chicago Community Trust and Co-Chair of the National Academy of Medicine's working group on justice in the allocation of COVID vaccines.

Laura Specker Sullivan, PhD

Laura Specker Sullivan, PhD is a philosopher-bioethicist whose work focuses on disability and cross-cultural understanding.

Ian Wolfe, PhD, RN, CCRN, HEC-C

Ian Wolfe, PhD, RN, CCRN, HEC-C is a Staff Clinical Ethicist and Chair of the Pediatric Ethics Affinity Group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.