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Ethics Program

The Ethics Program offers education and support/consult services to faculty, staff and patients at Children’s National Hospital. Our team helps parents, patients and providers to navigate ethical concerns and dilemmas that can present in all aspects of patient care.

The Ethics Program also educates clinicians, staff and trainees on clinical ethics through departmental rounding, monthly ethics education talks, and the yearly Leikin Day, which is a full day of ethics education open to all faculty and staff.


Our support and consultation service is available to all patients, faculty and staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All conversations or more formal consults are done in an open and nonjudgmental forum with the goal of uncovering common points of misunderstanding. Our goal is to help those involved in a child’s care to gain perspective on the view of others and to find an approach that is acceptable to all.

Clinical Ethics Committee

The Ethics Program has a Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC) consisting of both Children’s National employees and community members with a background in ethics. This committee meets monthly to discuss and advise on consults brought to the consult service and to promote education. Members of this committee include ethicists, physicians and nurses from multiple specialties, social workers, chaplains, a genetic counselor, parent navigator, attorney, child life specialist, psychologist and community members with a background in ethics. This committee meets once a month to review recent cases and further their ethics education. 

If you are interested in applying to be a member for the clinical ethics committee, please contact us.

Contact Information

You may contact a member of the ethics committee by email or pager at 202-259-2082.

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