John Lantos, MD
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John Lantos, MD


John Lantos, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics at University of Missouri – Kansas City and the founding director of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Bioethics CenterThere, he runs the world’s first post-doctoral training program in pediatric bioethics.  The program has trained nearly 200 child health professionals from 35 countries.


Prior to moving to Kansas City, he was a Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Chicago. There, he served in various leadership roles, including Chief of General Pediatrics, Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. 


He served as an advisor to President Bush’s Council on Bioethics and President Clinton’s Health Reform Task Force.


He has been President of two national bioethics organizations - the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. He is an Associate Editor of three peer-reviewed journals - Pediatrics, American Journal of Bioethics, and Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.


He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and many books, including The Lazarus Case, Neonatal Bioethics, and Do We Still Need Doctors?  He has discussed designer babies on Larry King Live and medical errors on Oprah. He was named one of the best pediatricians in the Midwest by Ladies Home Journal. 


He was recently awarded the 2018 William Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence from the American Academy of Pediatrics.