Meet the Staff Clinical Ethicists

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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.

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Charlotte H. Harrison, PhD, JD, MPH
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.

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Kerri O. Kennedy, MA, BS, RN
Clinical Ethicist

Kerri Kennedy is a Clinical Ethicist at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1995 and a master’s degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University Chicago 2014.  During her career as a Registered Nurse Kerri’s practice specialties have included surgical critical care, post-anesthesia care, clinical education, and bioethics.

At Boston Children’s Hospital, Kerri coordinates and facilitates ethics consultations, conducts unit-based ethics rounds, and assists with the development and implementation of ethics-related institutional policies.  She is particularly interested in relational aspects of ethical healthcare delivery and serves as faculty for the Program to Enhance Relational Communication Skills (PERCS). In addition, Kerri is an active member of the Boston Children’s Ethics Advisory Committee, participates in the Harvard Clinical Ethics Consortium, and serves on the Harvard Task Force on Ethical Issues in Emergency Preparedness.

Angela Martini, Sr. Administrative Associate

After a 25 year career in Information Technology, Angela retired after 25 years of service, bringing her technical, communication and administration experience to the Office of Ethics with great enthusiasm. She has become an integral part of the ethics environment upon her arrival in February, 2017.