Office of Ethics

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300 Longwood Avenue

Boston, MA  02115

617-355-6920 (Office)   617-919-4401 (Fax)    

Judi Friedson, RN, MS

Clinical Ethicist 

Judi Friedson is a Clinical Ethicist at Boston Children’s Hospital  and an Ethics Consultant at Tewksbury Hospital, who began her career in ethics in the mid 80’s as a founding member of the ethics committee at U.C. San Diego.

In addition to a master’s degree in health communication, Judi has completed a fellowship in medical ethics at Harvard and ethics training at the University of Washington, School of Medicine and the Kennedy Institute at Georgetown University. A former writer for Ethical Currents, a publication of the Center for Health Care Ethics in Orange California, Judi has also written for Nursing Spectrum, Critical Care Nurse, and Baystate Nurse News.  

Charlotte Harrison, PhD, JD, MPH, MTS

Director, Office of Ethics

(Ethics Advisory Committee Co-Chair)

Charlotte Harrison is Hospital Ethicist and Director of the Office of Ethics at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she also co-chairs the Ethics Advisory Committee with Jeffrey Burns MD MPH, Chief of Critical Care.  The Office of Ethics provides ethics-related resources to the hospital’s patients, families and staff.  In her work with the office, she has led a range of these efforts, including ethics education, case consultation, and policy development and review. She  has also served as director of the hospital-wide literature and medicine program and has co-chaired organizational ethics task forces addressed to issues in the provision of extracorporeal life support (co-chair: Ravi Thiagarajan MD) and the conduct of organ donation after circulatory death (co-chair: Peter Laussen MBBS).  With James Sabin MD, she currently co-chairs the Organizational Ethics Interest Group at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School.

Before entering the field of bioethics, Charlotte graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced law for fifteen years, both at private firms and in the Office of Technology Affairs at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then returned to Harvard for masters-level training in ethics and public health. She completed her PhD there in May, 2014, with a dissertation addressed to the ethics of professional collaboration in conditions of uncertainty.  She has taught public health ethics at the undergraduate level. She has been a Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School and has served on the Institutional Review Board of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Her bioethics-related writing has been published in the American Journal of Law and Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, and Transplantation Proceedings.

Jane E. Bennett, Sr. Staff Associate

Office of Ethics Website Administrator

As a former Verizon Information Technology Specialist, Jane brings her technical, communication and administration services to the Office of Ethics with great enthusiasm. She has become an integral part of the ethics environment upon her arrival in April, 2004.

Along with administrative support, Jane's position and abilities to troubleshoot have led to other various roles within the department, such as establishing and maintaining the internal and external websites. The websites play a vital role within the institution for they remain an educational resource tool for clinicians and staff, along with other national teaching hospitals, which look to Boston Children’s for its expertise, policies/guidelines, innovative treatments and technologies.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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