Faculty Profile

Lainie Ross
Section of General Internal Medicine
Professor of Medicine (Secondary Appointment)

Academic Interests

Dr. Lainie Ross is a general pediatrician and a medical ethicist in the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics and the Section of Bioethics. Her research interests are research ethics, genetics and ethics, transplant ethics, and pediatric ethics. She has just completed a book on children in research funded by the National Library of Medicine (Children in Medical Research: Access versus Protection, Oxford University Press, 2006) and is working on another book about ethical issues in newborn screening that was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Clinical Interests

Sports medicine


  • Catherine A. Walsh and Lainie Friedman Ross, “Are Minority Children Over- or Underrepresented in Pediatric Research?” Pediatrics, 2003; 112: 890-895.
  • Lainie Friedman Ross, Minimizing risks: The ethics of predictive diabetes screening research in newborns. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2003; 157: 89-95.
  • M. Justin Coffey, Benjamin Wilfond, and Lainie Friedman Ross, “Ethical Assessment of Clinical Asthma Trials Including Children Subjects.” Pediatrics, 2004, 113(1): 87-94.
  • Elizabeth Campbell and Lainie Friedman Ross, “Parental attitudes and beliefs regarding the genetic testing of children.” Community Genetics, 2005; 8: 94-102.
  • Lainie Friedman Ross, Ethical Considerations Relating to Pregnancy in Transplant Recipients.” New England Journal of Medicine, 2006; 354: 1312-1316


  • AB, 1982, Princeton University, Public Policy
  • MD, 1986, University of Pennsylvania,
  • Residency, 1988, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatrics
  • Residency, 1989, Babies' Hospital of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, Pediatrics
  • MA, 1992, Yale University, Philosophy
  • PhD, 1996, Yale University, Philosophy