Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Kelly N Michelson, MD, MPH

Kelly N Michelson, MD, MPH

Director, Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) - Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)

Focus of Work


Dr. Michelson’s research interests include communication, decision making, palliative care, and ethics. Currently, her research focuses on communication and decision making among patients, family caregivers, and professional caregivers in the pediatric intensive care unit as well as in the palliative care setting. Her work uses qualitative and quantitative methods as well as patient/stakeholder engagement and community based participatory research methods.


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Education and Certification

  • MD, MPH: Duke University (1996)
  • Residency: University of Chicago, Pediatrics (2001)
  • Fellowship: Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Children’s Memorial Hospital), Pediatrics Critical Care Medicine (2004)
  • Board Certification: General Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine