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Douglas S. Diekema

Adjunct Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
Professor, Pediatrics – Bioethics
Adjunct Professor, Bioethics and Humanities
Adjunct Professor, Medicine – Emergency Medicine

Clinical Director, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics

206-987-4346 | diek@uw.edu

Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics
Seattle Children’s Research Institute, 1900 Ninth Avenue, MS: JMB-6, Seattle, WA 98101

Research Interests

Bioethical issues; consent and confidentiality issues in pediatrics; the limits of parental medical decision-making authority for children; ethics and child health policy; ethics in emergency medicine; disaster and pandemic preparedness; coronavirus; Covid-19; emerging diseases; epidemics; ethical issues related to pandemic response and policy; disease outbreaks


MD University of North Carolina, 1985
MPH Health Services, University of Washington, 1993
BS Biology, Calvin College, 1981


With guns drawn, officers raided home to get feverish child
The New York Times, 03/29/2019

Case Sparks Debate About Teen Decision Making in Health
US News & World Report, 01/23/2015

Circumcision benefits outweigh risks, pediatrics report says
Seattle Times, 08/26/2012

Whooping Cough: One Mom’s Story
Seattle/Local Health Guide, 05/29/2012

How Do Vaccine Schedules for Kids Get Designed?
The Wall Street Journal, 04/13/2012

More Doctors ‘Fire’ Vaccine Refusers
Wall Street Journal, 02/17/2012