John Lantos


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Professor - Bioethics, Pediatric Medicine

University of Chicago Medical Center

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Dr. John Lantos is a compassionate pediatrician who has been involved in numerous community research projects, including those to promote the health and welfare of teenage mothers. He has been named one of the best pediatricians in the Midwest by Ladies' Home Journal and one of Chicago's best pediatricians by Chicago magazine.

Dr. Lantos's clinical interests include immune tolerance, adolescent health, and treating pediatric patients with chronic diseases. In addition, Dr. Lantos often lectures on medical ethics and is president of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.



Recent Publications
Substituted judgment: the limitations of autonomy in surrogate decision making
Torke, A. M., Alexander, G. C., & Lantos, J. (2008). Substituted judgment: the limitations of autonomy in surrogate decision making. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 23 (9): 1514-7. Abstract: Substituted judgment is often invoked as a guide for decision making when a patient lacks decision making capacity and has no advance directive. Using substituted judgment, doctors and family members try to make the decision that the patient...
Ethics ain't easy: do we need simple rules for complicated ethical decisions?
Janvier, A., Barrington, K. J., Aziz, K., & Lantos, J. (2008). Ethics ain't easy: do we need simple rules for complicated ethical decisions? Acta Paediatrica, 97 (4): 402-6. Abstract: BACKGROUND: Recommendations from national bodies regarding extremely preterm infants have focussed almost exclusively on thresholds for intervention based upon estimated gestational age (GA) alone. METHODS: We reviewed policy statements that...
Religion, conscience and clinical decisions
Lantos, J. D., & Curlin, F. A. (2008). Religion, conscience and clinical decisions. Acta P├Ždiatrica, 97 (3): 265-6. This article discusses the interaction between a physician's personal moral code and medical law. "The Oxford English Dictionary defines conscience as, 'The faculty or principle which pronounces upon the moral quality of one's [own] actions...
Moral distress and ethical confrontation: problem or progress?
Lantos, J. D. (2007). Moral distress and ethical confrontation: problem or progress? Journal of Perinatology, 27 (4): 201-2. This article discusses ethical confrontations in a medical setting. "Janvier and co-workers studied pediatrics residents, obstetrics residents and nurses who work in various perinatal settings in four university-based tertiary care centers in Quebec...
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Institution

University of Chicago Medical Center

Current Position

Professor - Bioethics, Pediatric Medicine

Highest Degree

MD, University of Pittsburgh, PA

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