The Journal of Hospital Ethics

The Journal of Hospital Ethics (JoHE) is a peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to furthering normative discussion associated with moral complexities and value conflicts as they relate both practically and theoretically to the care of patients, families, and clinicians within hospitals. JoHE publishes scholarly original features, clinical case analyses, and serves as an educational resource for medical and surgical residency programs, graduate schools, and bioethics committees, internationally. JoHE is produced and published by the John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. 

JoHE is the official proceedings publication for the International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation (ICCEC) and a partner journal of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH)




Editorial Group

Evan G. DeRenzo, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
Christian Carrozzo, PhD(c), Senior Editor
Jack Sava, MD, FACS, Medical Editor
Michael Pottash, MD, MPH, Medical Editor
Jory Barone, MLS, Medical Librarian

Layla Heimlich, MLIS, Medical Librarian
Fred King, MSLS, Medical Librarian
Nikki Glover, Administrative Assistant
Ben Krohmal, JD Interim Executive Director

Editorial Advisory Board

Amanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CCRN, Center for Health Media & Policy, Hunter College
Chee M. Chan, MD, MPH, Director, Intermediate Care Unit, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Zacharia Cherian, MD, Chair of Neonatology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
O. Mary Dwyer, JD, MA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics Case Western Reserve, School of Medicine
J. Hunter Groninger, MD, FAAHPN, Director, Section of Palliative Care, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Laura K. Guidry-Grimes, PhD, HEC-C, Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Josh Hyatt, DHS, MHL, CPHRM, FASHRM, Director, Integrated Risk Management, University of South California
Jack Kilcullen, MD, JD, MPH, Medical Critical Care Services, INOVA Fairfax Hospital
Eran Klein, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Oregon Health & Sciences University
Jason Lesandrini, PhD(c), Assistant VP of Ethics, Advance Care Planning & Spiritual Health, WellStar Health
Barbara Mitchell, RN, MSN, Director, Quality Resources & Outcomes, MedStar Health
Stephen W. Peterson, MD, Department of Psychiatry, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Ira Rabin, MD, VP of Medical Operations, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Jack Schwartz, JD, Adjunct Professor & Senior Research Associate, University of Maryland, Carey School of Law
Stephen Selinger, MD, Chief, Intensive Care Unit, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Eric A. Singer, MD, Assistant Professor, Section of Urologic Cancer, Rutgers Cancer Institute, RWJ Medical School
Carol Taylor, RN, MSN, PhD, Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University

Editorial Policy & Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Hospital Ethics adheres to the editorial standards and authorship criteria recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). We welcome submissions of completed manuscripts as well as abstract paper proposals by authors with academic or professional expertise in relevant fields. Submissions on topics involving clinical bioethics broadly construed will be considered. Submissions are subject to a standard, double-blind peer-review and a rigorous internal review process. Please limit manuscript submissions to 3500 words, and abstract paper proposals to 250 words.

For author instructions or further information regarding the Journal of Hospital Ethics, please contact Senior Editor, Christian Carrozzo at [email protected].

All contributions to the Journal of Hospital Ethics (JoHE) will be reviewed for publication with the understanding that they are not under consideration, accepted, or published elsewhere. The final decision on acceptance or rejection will remain at the discretion of the editorial group of the journal. The authors of all material accepted for publication will be required to assign copyright to the publisher.

The contents of JoHE represent only the opinions of the authors and editorial group of JoHE. In addition to internal and double blind peer reviews, feature articles in JoHE are also subject to a physician peer review by at least one of the medical editors of the editorial group. In clinical case representations not entirely fictional, personal identifying information is either removed or changed to obscure patient, surrogate, and clinician identities. The opinions and perspectives offered in JoHE reflect only the views of the authors and editors, and do not necessarily represent the views of others within the MedStar Health system or of any other institution or organization with which any of the JoHE editorial group are affiliated.

Institutional Access

Subscribers with institutional network access to the journal can download unlimited full-text versions of all issues here. For more information on institutional access to JoHE, please contact Christian Carrozzo at [email protected].

Volume 3, Number 1
Volume 3, Number 2
Volume 3, Number 3

Volume 4, Number 1
Volume 4, Number 2
Volume 4, Number 3

Volume 5, Number 1
Volume 5, Number 2
Volume 5, Number 3

Volume 6, Number 1
Volume 6, Number 2
Volume 6, Number 3

Volume 7, Number 1
Volume 7, Number 2



The Journal of Hospital Ethics is produced and published by the John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics. Subscriptions are by volume; each volume consists of 3 issues.

Institutional — $100
Institutional subscriptions include full network library/institutional access to all back and current issues via IP validation. Two print copies of each issue are also mailed to your library/institution.

Individual — $50
Individual subscriptions include one print and one e-copy of each issue, mailed directly to the individual subscriber.

Back Issues — $25
Back issues include one print and one e-copy of the issue requested. Subject to availability.