Douglas J. Opel is a general pediatrician and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine; Associate Director of the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute; and Director of Clinical Ethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics.
Dr. Opel’s research interests include provider-parent communication, medical decision-making, and public health ethics. Since 2011, he has received funding from the NIH to identify effective communication strategies for use with parents who are hesitant to accept vaccines for their child. Dr. Opel has published articles on vaccine policy, pediatric ethics, and public health in several medical and bioethics journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, JAMA Pediatrics, American Journal of Public Health, British Medical Journal, and Hastings Center Report.
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