Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Humanities & Bioethics
End-of-life care for children, research in pediatrics, allocation of health care resources
Joel Frader is Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics. His research interests include: end-of-life care for children, especially in intensive care settings; innovation and research in pediatrics, especially as they pertain to surgery and early-phase clinical trials; bioethical aspects of transplantation, especially regarding living donors; and allocation of health care resources to services for children. Dr. Frader holds a graduate degree in sociology and has a special interest and expertise in qualitative social science methods.
Dr. Frader has served on the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which he chaired for four years and on the Committee on Ethics of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was elected to two terms on the board—including one as President--of the Society for Health and Human Values (now the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities), and on various federal study sections, data and safety monitoring committees and advisory panels, including those pertaining to ethical aspects of research on human subjects. He has been elected a Fellow of the Hastings Center, a member of the American Pediatric Society, and a member of the Chicago Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Frader is Chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital. His clinical activities involve supervision of care of acutely ill hospitalized children and palliative/hospice care for children.