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Meet the Team

Ethics consultants

These members of the St. Jude Section on Bioethics work directly with those requesting consultations or institutional support. When working with our team, you will have the opportunity to share your concerns along with other people involved in your child’s care. Bioethics consultants can help identify who is most affected by a decision and provide an open discussion for those involved. They will guide the conversation to help each person see options from the other person’s viewpoint. The bioethics consultants will not make a decision but will offer advice during the process.

Our bioethics consultants have special training in bioethics and extensive experience working with families, providers, and researchers to advise on ethical matters. 

  • Liza-Marie Johnson, MD

    Liza-Marie Johnson, MD, MPH, MSB


    Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty

    • Program Director, Section on Bioethics
    • Program Director, Oncology Hospitalist Medicine
  • Deena R. Levine, MD

    Deena R. Levine, MD


    Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty

    • Bioethics Consultant
  • Chris Church, PhD

    Chris Church, PhD


    • Bioethics Consultant

Ethics Committee Members

The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Ethics Committee oversees the Bioethics Consult Service, and reviews consultations regularly. This committee includes members from diverse areas of St. Jude, as well as the community.


Deena Levine
Department of Oncology
Christopher Church
Community member
Austin Dalgo
Community member
Darrell Andrew Elliott
Department of Pediatric Medicine
Betsy Fisher
Community member
Michael Frett
Department of Pediatric Medicine
Elizabeth Hawkins
Spiritual Care Services
Tasha Ives
Community member
Liza-Marie Johnson
Department of Oncology
Margery Johnson
Department of Hematology


Jennifer McArthur
Department of Pediatric Medicine
Carly Meredith
Center for Advanced Practice Providers
Anthony Merlocco
Community member
Allison Moran-Wasklewicz
Nursing Education
Trisha Paul
Oncology Fellow
Laurie Shoulders
Nursing ICU
Kathy Steuer
Legal Services
Hope Swanson
Pharmaceutical Services
Kimberly Woody
Center for Advanced Practice Providers