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Pediatric Ethics Fellowship

Program Director

Jeremy Garrett, PhD

Fellowship Coordinator

Johnae Sawyer, MHA


Shika Kalevor, RN


Former Fellows

Ian Wolfe, PhD, MA

Ian Wolfe received his MA in bioethics and PhD in nursing from the University of Minnesota. He has a decade of experience as a critical care nurse, mostly as a PICU charge nurse. Dr. Wolfe's interests center around complexity and interaction in health care, specifically how interactions between individuals, systems and social structures affect clinical ethics and patient care. This interest has informed his work from his dissertation on intractable conflict around futility in pediatric critical care, his MA thesis on health equity and the impact of health-legal partnerships, as well his published work on hospital mergers and conscience-based objections in The New England Journal of Medicine and the impact of active and passive guidance on parental moral decision in the Journal of Maternal, Fetal, and Neonatal Medicine. He has also written for Nursing Ethics, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Burn Care and Research. Dr. Wolfe plans to continue his work through empirical bioethical research and policy development.

Maria Cristina Murano

Maria Cristina Murano, PhD completed the Pediatric Ethics Fellowship Program at the Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center in June 2019. In April 2019, Cristina received her PhD in Dynamics of Health and Welfare within a European Doctoral program, affiliated with both Linköping University, Sweden, and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences Paris, France. Previously, she obtained a MA in Philosophy at the University of Pisa, Italy and a MSc in Bioethics at the University of Leuven, Belgium. In her current research, she investigates the use of growth hormone treatment for children who are shorter than average without having any growth-related disorders. She is particularly interested in how ethical issues intertwine with cultural and social aspects and she combines philosophical with empirical qualitative research methods. Her research interests include: philosophy of medicine, bioethics, phenomenology of embodiment, disability studies, science and technology studies, feminist studies and medical humanities. She has published in Medicine Healthcare and Philosophy, and she worked as teaching assistant in Sciences Po Paris. Beside academia, in 2013 she did an internship at the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France. 

Bryanna Moore

Bryanna Moore, PhD completed the Pediatric Ethics Fellowship Program at Children’s Mercy in June 2019. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class I) from the University of Queensland and recently completed a PhD in Philosophy at Monash University. Her dissertation, titled ‘Mercy, Compassion, and Euthanasia’, was a virtue ethical analysis of voluntary assisted dying legislation. She is interested in a broad range of topics in moral philosophy and bioethics, but is particularly interested in clinical ethics, virtue ethics, end-of-life decision-making and the philosophy of emotion. She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric ethics at the Children's Mercy Bioethics Center in Kansas City. Her fellowship project explores disagreements between doctors and parents that involve parent-initiated media campaigns aimed at generating public support for controversial treatment requests and refusals.

Our Pediatric Ethics Fellowship team

Jeremy Garrett, PhD
Associate Program Director
(816) 731-7073

Joanna Wesley, MPH, C-TAGME
Fellowship Coordinator
(816) 302-8420

Johnae Sawyer, MHA
Fellowship Coordinator
(816) 234-9374