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Pediatric Ethics Fellowship

Program Director

John D. Lantos, MD
Director of Pediatric Bioethics; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Faculty and Staff




Brian S. Carter, MD
Neonatologist; Pediatric Bioethicist; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine


Associate Program Director 

Jeremy Garrett, PhD



Ian Wolfe, PhD


Former Fellows

Maura Priest, PhD - Maura Priest was the 2017-2018 Pediatric Bioethics Fellow at Children's Mercy Kansas City. She has a PhD in philosophy from University of California, Irvine (2016), and a Master of Science in Bioethics from Columbia University. She recently completed a postdoctoral research position at The University of Connecticut, and remains an occasional Visiting Research Fellow at Cologne University in Germany. Her dissertation, Intellectual Elites: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, ran the gamut of ethics, political theory, and social epistemology. Her published papers have a wide scope too, and range from discussions in ethics (including applied), political theory, collective intentionality, and social epistemology. Generally, those papers find their way back to the concept and importance of autonomy. Her current projects include work on hurt feelings, epistemic altruism, psychiatric drugs, and public health ethics surrounding childhood obesity and medical autonomy.

Sarosh Saleem, MBBS, MBeth - Sarosh Saleem was the 2016-2017 Pediatric Bioethics Fellow at Children's Mercy Kansas City. Before joining Children's Mercy she worked as a Specialist in Pediatric Emergency in Karachi, Pakistan. She gained a Masters degree in Bioethics in year 2000. Her area of interest in Bioethics are Clinical Ethics, End of life, Decision making and socio-cultural disparities in healthcare delivery. This Fellowship provides her with an opportunity to learn and indulge in ethical discourse with renowned Pediatric Bioethicists. She is presently working on socio-cultural and spiritual influences of antennal decision making by parents.

Michael Deem, PhD - Michael J. Deem was the 2015-16 Pediatric Ethics and Genomics Fellow at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Before arriving at Children's Mercy, Michael earned a M.A. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Graduate Minor in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame. His main research interests lie in bioethics, ethical theory, and philosophy of biology. He has published papers on the ethics of genetic counseling, the history of ethics, and the philosophy and psychology of moral emotions. At Children's Mercy, Michael’s research will focused on the ethical and social issues involved with rapid whole genome sequencing in the NICU, and with the clinical application of genomic sequencing to the etiological evaluation of severe neurodevelopmental disorders in young children. He also will accompany visiting genetic counseling students on clinical rotations through the Children’s Mercy Division of Clinical Genetics. Michael is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and a Faculty Member of The Center for Genomic Advocacy at Indiana State University. 

Bradley Thornock, PhD, MPH - Our first Fellow, Brad Thornock, PhD, completed his fellowship in 2014-2015. Prior to beginning the Fellowship, Dr. Thornock completed his PhD at St. Louis University where he was  a doctoral candidate in the Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. He completed a Master's of Public Health in public health genetics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Thornock is currently assistant professor at Saginaw Valley State University teaching medical ethics to nursing, pre-med and allied health undergraduate students. Dr. Thornock had this to say regarding the one-year Fellowship experience:

"This fellowship afforded me the opportunity to not only contemplate the ethics of cutting edge genomic research, but to also peek into some of the scientific and technological processes that underlie ethical quandaries regarding Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS). Colleagues at Children's Mercy were helpful and genuine, and committed to ethics research. While a fellow, I had the chance to assist with ongoing research on physician and patient education and developed my own portfolio of work looking into more theoretical issues. These efforts have lead to several upcoming journal articles as well as presentations at major conferences including the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) annual meeting 2015. This fellowship was a time of great professional growth and it was truly a privilege to be a part of such an innovative and dedicated team."