Douglas Opel, MD, MPH
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Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH


Douglas J. Opel, MD, MPH is a general pediatrician and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine with an adjunct appoint in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities. He is also Director of Clinical Ethics at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and Vice-Chair of the Ethics Committee at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Opel received his BS from Duke University, MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health. He completed his pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric bioethics at Seattle Children’s at the University of Washington School of Medicine.


Dr. Opel’s research interests include provider-parent communication, decision-making, public health ethics, and clinical ethics consultation. He has received grant funding from the NIH and CDC to identify effective communication strategies for use with parents who are hesitant to accept vaccines for their child. As a current Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics, he is examining the appropriateness of different medical decision-making models in pediatrics. Dr. Opel has published articles on pediatric and bioethical issues in major journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics, American Journal of Public Health, British Medical Journal, and Hastings Center Report.


Dr. Opel is an active member of many professional organizations, including the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Society for Pediatric Research, and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He is a member of the AAP’s Committee on Bioethics.


Biography: Opel

Seattle Children’s Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics