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APSA Committees carry out a number of different critical functions for the association. To learn more about a specific committee, click on the name below. APSA members who are logged onto the site will also see committee chair contact information.

The APSA Ethics Committee is committed to promote the fundamental principles of ethics in all aspects of pediatric surgical practice as well as among healthcare professionals. The committee is a resource for APSA members who are seeking ethics education, guidance for ethical challenges in patient management and a voice for the highest quality, equitable healthcare for children. Bioethics is a dynamic and normative body of knowledge based in philosophy, spirituality, science and belief which guides our thinking and actions. The Ethics Committee will keep the APSA membership current regarding ethical standards for pediatric surgical practice. This committee will address evolving ethical challenges and management approaches pertaining to the care of pediatric patients. The Committee has a role in the promotion of inclusion, equity, diversity, professionalism and wellness among the APSA members and leadership. This Committee contributes educational curricula and resources in clinical medical ethics for surgeons in training as well as for those in practice. The Committee will work with other medical societies to advocate for ethical and equitable healthcare for children. Collaboration between the Ethics Committee and other APSA Committees, as well as with national and international organizations, will focus on the development of policies, programs, guidelines, research, educational tools and activities in bioethics.

Ethics Position Statement

Approved by the APSA Board of Governors – October 23, 2011. Read the statement.

Ethics Committee Literature Reviews

The Ethics Committee prepares regular literature reviews for APSA members which provide an overview of recent ethics research pertinent to all pediatric surgeons. The selections are compiled by members of the Ethics Committee, but as a group, they are not endorsing the results of these studies as definitive practice. View the Ethics Committee Literature Reviews.

Ethics Curriculum

Clinicians can find ethics curriculum, case studies and resources pertaining to surgical ethics on the Ethics Committee page on APSA’s Pediatric Surgery Library.

Edward M. Barksdale – Liaison
UH Case Medical Center

Patrick J. Javid – Chair
Seattle Children’s Hospital

Erica M. Carlisle – Vice Chair
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Catherine J. Hunter – Emeritus
The University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital

William Middlesworth – Emeritus
Columbia University

Erin E. Rowell – Emeritus
Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Begum Akay – Member
Beaumont Children’s Hospital

Ryan Antiel – Member

Charles E. Bagwell – Member
Med College of VA

Kaveer Chatoorgoon – Member
Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Farokh R. Demehri – Member
Boston Children’s Hospital

Annie H. Fecteau – Member
Univ of Toronto

Danielle M. Hsu – Member
Texas Children’s Hospital

Franklin C. Margaron – Member
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

Oliver J. Muensterer – Member
UniversitatsMedizin Mainz

Elliot C. Pennington – Member
Pediatric Surgeons of West Michigan

Samuel E. Rice-Townsend – Member
Seattle Childrens

Baddr Shakhsheer – Member
Washington University – St. Louis

Mindy B. Statter – Member
The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Jason Sulkowski – Member
Children’s Hospital of Richmond

Veronica F. Sullins – Member
University of California Los Angeles Medical Center

Deborah S. Loeff – Ex Officio
Univ of Chicago