Tomas Silber, Pediatric Ethicscope Editor-in-Chief

Tomas Jose Silber, MD, MASS

Editor Emeritus, Pediatric Ethicscope

Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University
Division of Adolescent Medicine

Medical Director, Donald Delaney Eating Disorders Program
Director emeritus, Pediatric Ethics Program & Clinical Ethics Consult Service
Research Subject Advocate (CTSI)

Children’s National Hospital
111 Michigan Ave, NW, DC 20010


Tomas Jose Silber sserved as Director for Education and Training of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Children’s National and is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Health Care Sciences at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He is boarded in pediatrics with a subspecialty board in adolescent medicine. He was Director of the Pediatric Ethics Program and chair of the Ethics committee at Children’s National. A graduate of “Colegio Acassuso” and “Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires” (M.D.) and The George Washington University (M.A.S.S.), Dr. Silber completed his pediatric training at Children’s Hospital of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and upon moving to the United States completed yet another pediatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s National, where he joined the faculty in 1973 as the Director of Adolescent Medicine OPD. Currently, he is a consultant at  the Donald Delaney Eating Disorders Program. He is a past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Bioethics and coauthor of the AAP Ca​se Based Teaching Guides for Resident Training​, and over 300 editorials, articles, book chapters and seven books in his over 50 years of medical practice. In 2021 the Section on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics gave him the Bartholome Award for Excellence in Ethics.

Complete List on PubMed: Silber Tomas Jose


Recent Publications:

Etiology and Manifestations of Iatrogenesis in Pediatrics. Teti SL, Ennis-Durstine K, Silber TJAMA J Ethics. 2017 Aug 1;19(8):783-792. doi: 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.8.stas2-1708. PMID: 28846518

Legal and Ethical Considerations in Allowing Parental Exemptions From Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Screening.

Hom LA, Silber TJ, Ennis-Durstine K, Hilliard MA, Martin GR. Am J Bioeth. 2016;16(1):11-7. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1115140. PMID:26734736

Health literacy and medication adherence in adolescents. Dharmapuri S, Best D, Kind T, Silber TJ, Simpson P, D’Angelo L. J Pediatr. 2015 Feb;166(2):378-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.10.002. Epub 2014 Nov 14. PMID:25454933

Researchers have an ethical obligation to disclose the availability of off-label marketed drugs. Silber TJAm J Bioeth. 2014;14(4):52. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2014.889946. No abstract available. PMID:24730497

Anorexia nervosa in children and adolescents: diagnosis, treatment and the role of the pediatrician. Silber TJMinerva Pediatr. 2013 Feb;65(1):1-17. PMID:23422570

Weight down, bilirubin up/weight up, bilirubin down: the strange case of the malnourished adolescent. Silber TJAdolesc Med State Art Rev. 2012 Aug;23(2):349-53. Review. No abstract available. PMID:23162943

Anorexia nervosa: patient and family-centered care. Silber TJ, Lyster-Mensh LC, DuVal J. Pediatr Nurs. 2011 Nov-Dec;37(6):331-3. No abstract available. PMID:22256697

Iatrogenesis: ethical and legal aspects. Silber TJ, Hilliard MA. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2011 Aug;22(2):289-300, x-xi. PMID:22106743

Treatment of anorexia nervosa against the patient’s will: ethical considerations. Silber TJAdolesc Med State Art Rev. 2011 Aug;22(2):283-8, x. PMID:22106742

The aftermath of adolescent suicide: clinical, ethical, and spiritual issues. Girard GA, Silber TJAdolesc Med State Art Rev. 2011 Aug;22(2):229-39, ix. PMID:22106737

Adolescent brain development and the mature minor doctrine. Silber TJAdolesc Med State Art Rev. 2011 Aug;22(2):207-12, viii. Review. PMID:22106735

Ethical and legal issues in adolescent medicine. Preface. Silber TJ, English A. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2011 Aug;22(2):xiii-xiv. No abstract available. PMID:22106731

Somatization disorders: diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Silber TJPediatr Rev. 2011 Feb;32(2):56-63; quiz 63-4. doi: 10.1542/pir.32-2-56. Review. No abstract available. PMID:21285301

Protection of children in research: beyond pediatric risk levels: the emergence of the research subject advocate. Silber TJJ Clin Ethics. 2010 Fall;21(3):221-3.PMID:21089991

American academy of pediatrics policy statements on bioethics: summaries and commentaries: part 3. Mercurio MR, Forman EN, Ladd RE, Maxwell MA, Ross LF, Silber TJ; American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics. Pediatr Rev. 2008 May;29(5):e28-34. doi: 10.1542/pir.29-5-e28. No abstract available. PMID:18450835

American Academy of Pediatrics policy statements on bioethics: summaries and commentaries: part 2. Mercurio MR, Maxwell MA, Mears BJ, Ross LF, Silber TJPediatr Rev. 2008 Mar;29(3):e15-22. doi: 10.1542/pir.29-3-e15. Review. No abstract available. PMID:18310465

Human gene therapy, consent, and the realities of clinical research: is it time for a research subject advocate? Silber TJ. Hum Gene Ther. 2008 Jan;19(1):11-4. doi: 10.1089/hum.2007.1217. No abstract available. PMID:18211223

A change of paradigm in the treatment of anorexia nervosa? Not so soon. Silber TJJ Adolesc Health. 2008 Feb;42(2):109-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2007.11.145. No abstract available. PMID:18207087

American Academy of Pediatrics policy statements on bioethics: summaries and commentaries: part 1. Mercurio MR, Adam MB, Forman EN, Ladd RE, Ross LF, Silber TJ; American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics. Pediatr Rev. 2008 Jan;29(1):e1-8. doi: 10.1542/pir.29-1-e1. No abstract available. PMID:18166614

Hospitalization of children and adolescents for eating disorders in the State of New York. Robergeau K, Joseph J, Silber TJJ Adolesc Health. 2006 Dec;39(6):806-10. PMID:17116509

Stowe Locke Teti HEC-C, Pediatric Ethicscope executive editor


Stowe Locke Teti, MA, HEC-C

Editor-in-Chief, Pediatric Ethicscope
Clinical Ethicist
Center for Clinical and Organizational Ethics
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
Office: 703-776-6353
Mobile: 240-997-1337
Email: [email protected]

Stowe Locke Teti is a clinical ethicist with the Center for Clinical and Organizational Ethics at the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, VA. He was formerly a core faculty member at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics and a Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, where he was the director of the Center’s Writing Support Program and Editor-in-Chief of the HMS Bioethics Journal. Prior to joining the Harvard Medical School faculty, he completed six years of clinical training on the Clinical Ethics Consult Service at Children’s National Health Center in Washington, D.C. with Tomas Silber, where he developed his focus on pediatric ethics and led development of Pediatric Ethicscope isince 2012. Stowe co-founded the Washington D.C. Clinical Ethics Consortium in 2016, which brings clinicians and scholars together from the ethics departments and universities across the Washington D.C. Metro Area to discuss issues in common and promote collaboration. Stowe continues to work on inter-hospital collaboration and data sharing infrastructure for clinical ethics. 

Recent Publications:

Anderson D, Hercules B, Teti SL. The Bioethics of Built Health Care Spaces. Hastings Bioethics Forum. 1/13/2021.

Mitchell C,  Teti SL, Cummings C, King LP, Coleman CC, Tabari K. Should New Mothers With Covid-19 Be Separated From Their Newborns?Hastings Bioethics Forum. 5/11/2020.

SL Teti. A Listening Tour: Pediatric Clinical Ethics Rounds. The Journal of Clinical Ethics. 2020; 31 (1): 27-41.

Mitchell C, Teti SL, Ensuring certified healthcare ethics consultants are competent to practice. American Journal of Bioethics. 2020 Mar; 20(3):24-27. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2020.1714818.

Becker-Leckrone M, Lucas M, Start K, Zwarenstein C, One A, Merriwether SR, Milliken A, Moyer J, Teti SL, K A, Lawrence M, Odell R, Grinspoon P, Stuckenschneider E, Ballard E, Anderson J. Narrative Symposium: Living with Chronic Pain in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis. Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2018; 8(3):193-224.

Epistemic humility and empathic imagination. Teti SL. Narrat Inq Bioeth. 2018; 8(3):213-216.

The Mature Minor doctrine. Silber TJ, Teti SL. Pediatric Ethicscope. 2018; 31(2).

Counterpoint: Other options for dealing with difficult parents. Silber TJ, Teti SL. Pediatric Ethicscope. 2018; 31(2).

Leikin lecture grand rounds: dialogue with the ethicist: Chris Feudtner. Chris Feudtner, Teti SL. Pediatric Ethicscope. 2018; 31(1):19-35.

Education in Ethics: The Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center Certificate Program in Pediatric Bioethics. Vanessa S Watkins, John Lantos, Teti SL. Pediatric Ethicscope. 2018; 31(1):84-87.

Teti SL, Ennis-Durstine K, Silber TJ. Etiology and manifestation of iatrogenesis in pediatrics. AMA J Ethics. 2017 Aug 1;19(8):783-792.

What lies beneath: An axiological approach to the drug shortage impasse. Teti SL. Pediatric Ethicscope. 2017; 30(2):28-41.

Leikin lecture grand rounds: dialogue with the ethicist: Yoram Unguru. Yoram Unguru, Teti SL. Pediatric Ethicscope. 2017; 30(2):19-21.

Education in Ethics: Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics Clinical Bioethics Course. Teti SL. 2017; 30(2):53-55.

Rohatgi R, Williams D, Harrison T, Teti SL.Shortages: the new normal in pharmacy. Pediatric Ethicscope. 2017; 30(2):26-29.

Wilfond B, Teti SL. Ethical complexities in pediatric research. Pediatric Ethicscope. 2014; 27(1-2):4-11.

Lessons from SUPPORT. Wilfond B, Teti SL. Pediatric Ethicscope. 2014; 27(1-2):12-19.

Senior Editor Timothy Furlan, PhD

Timothy J. Furlan, PhD, MBE

Senior Editor, Pediatric Ethicscope
Burnett Family Distinguished Professor of Ethics
Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership
University of St Thomas
Houston, TX

Timothy J. Furlan is currently Burnett Family Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership at the University of St Thomas in Houston, TX.  He previously studied the classical liberal arts at Thomas Aquinas College before going on to pursue graduate studies with a focus on ancient philosophy and ethical theory at the University of Chicago (M.A.) the Universite de Paris IV (Sorbonne), and Trinity College Dublin (Ph.D.). During his doctoral studies he also held visiting fellowships in Fribourg (Swiss Confederation Scholar), Munich, and Athens. More recently, he pursued post-graduate study in bioethics at Harvard Medical School and earned his Masters of Bioethics (summa cum laude) and served as editor of the Harvard Journal of Bioethics. He was previously a philosophy professor at Xavier University and Boston College where he taught a wide range of courses and led study trips to Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Ireland, Paris, India, and along the Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

Recent Publications:

Mary Anne Warren and the Boundaries of the Moral Community” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (forthcoming April 2022)

Principle and Judgments in Rawls’ Theory of Justice” International Philosophical Quarterly Vol 61 Issue 3 September 2021

James Rachels and the Morality of Euthanasia” Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics Volume 42 Issue 3-4 Summer 2021

“Aristotle’s Hierarchy of Value” Philosophia (October 2019)

“Aristotle on Teleological Explanation” Sapientia Volume 74 (July 2018)

“The Tragic Aristotelianism of Martha Nussbaum” Philosophia (September 2017).

“Happiness and Death in Aristotle’s Ethics” in Elenchos Volume 26 (November 2016).

“The Sovereignty of Virtue” Philosophia (October 2015)

“Aristotelian Limits” Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie Volume 61 #2 (Nov. 2014).

Two Forms of Teleology in Aristotle’s Ethical Theory” Sapientia Volume 68 issue #231-32 (February 2013).

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