Joel E. Frader, MD, MA

Joel E. Frader, MD, MA

Attending Physician, Pediatric Palliative Care; Director, Ethics Program Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Language: English

Pronouns: He, Him


Dr. Frader provides comprehensive pediatric palliative care as part of the interdisciplinary palliative care consultative team at Lurie Children's. The team provides assistance with symptom management, complex medical decision making, and general psychosocial support to families of children with serious, often life-threatening, medical conditions.

In addition, Dr. Frader provides ethics consultation to families, hospital staff, and others regarding concerns about moral problems involving the care of or research on children.

Clinical Interests: Care of children with life-threatening or life-shortening conditions; care of children with differences in sex development (intersex) as well as children with gender nonconformity

Education & Training

Education: MA (Sociology), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1980; MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 1974; BA, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1970

Postgraduate Training: University of Pennsylvania, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, 1976-1979; Residency in pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1976-1978; Internship and residency in pediatrics, Boston Floating Hospital for Infants and Children/Tufts-New England Medical Center, 1974-1976

Board Certifications: General Pediatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Professional Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics; American Pediatric Society; American Society for Bioethics and Humanities; American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

See Northwestern University Faculty Profile


Research Interests: Qualitative research regarding family decision making about seriously ill children

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