John D. Lantos

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John D. Lantos

Born12 October 1954

John D. Lantos (born 12 October 1954[1]) is an American pediatrician and a leading expert in medical ethics.[2][3][4] He is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine and Director of the Children's Mercy Bioethics Center at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Career and work[edit]

Lantos earned his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1981 and did his residency at the Children's National Medical Center. He was on faculty at the Pritzker School of Medicine for two decades, before he moved to Kansas City where he was the inaugural holder of the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics. He then became the founding director of the Children's Mercy Bioethics Center at Children's Mercy Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine.

His research fields are bioethics, doctor–patient communication, research ethics, end-of-life care, and religion and medicine, and especially the ethics of clinical trials.[5] He is a former President of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and is an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics on bioethics issues. According to Google Scholar, Lantos has been cited over 11,000 times in scientific literature and has an h-index of 52.[6]

He is a member of the PCORI Advisory Panel on Clinical Trials. He has published over 250 journal papers and book chapters and five books on bioethics.[7][8]

Lantos has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, National Public Radio and Nightline. He has been an associate editor of the American Journal of Bioethics, Pediatrics, and Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.[9] He is an active member of the Congregation Beth Torah, a modern Reform Jewish congregation which emphasizes ethical living, spiritual and personal growth, and social justice, and also writes and lectures on religious and philosophical issues in relation to healthcare. He was formerly married to the pediatrician Nancy Fritz,[10] and is now married to Martha Montello, a fellow medical ethicist.[2]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Notice de personne: Lantos, John, Bibliothèque nationale de France
  2. ^ a b "At Great Debate, Noted Bioethicist Will Confront Crucial Moral Question: Latke or Hamantash?" Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, December 1, 2016
  3. ^ John D. Lantos, MD,
  4. ^ John D. Lantos, MD Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine,
  5. ^ John D. Lantos, MD, Children's Mercy
  6. ^ John Lantos, Google Scholar
  7. ^ John D. Lantos, MD, PCORI
  8. ^ John Lantos, MD, Children's Mercy
  9. ^ The American Journal of Bioethics Announces Two Additions to Editorial Team,
  10. ^ John D. Lantos, Do We Still Need Doctors?, p. 11, Routledge, 1999