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 published by the John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is produced by the University Publishing Group (UPG). 

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
Leslie LeBlanc, Production Editor
Kahlia Kéita, MA, JD, Administrator
Jack Sava, MD, FACS, Medical Editor
Michael Pottash, MD, MPH, Medical Editor
Ben J. Krohmal, JD, Legal Editor

Daniel Sokol, PhD, Contributing Editor
Norine McGrath, MD, FACEP, Executive Director
Jory Barone, MLS, Medical Librarian
Layla Heimlich, MLIS, Medical Librarian
Fred King, MSLS, Medical Librarian
Nikki Glover, Administrative Assistant

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
Hunter Groninger, MD, FAAHPN, Director, Section of Palliative Care, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
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
Leonard Wartofsky, MD, MPH, Chair of Medicine Emeritus, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

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.

Online Access

For more information on how to access the issues below, please contact Senior Editor, Christian Carrozzo at [email protected].

Vol 3 No 1: Informed Consent
Vol 3 No 2: Cancer
Vol 3 No 3: Neonatology

Vol 4 No 1: Communication
Vol 4 No 2: Neuroethics
Vol 4 No 3: ICCEC 2016

Vol 5 No 1: Transplant
Vol 5 No 2: ICCEC 2017 Singapore
Vol 5 No 3: Systems

Vol 6 No 1: ICCEC 2018 Oxford
Vol 6 No 2
Vol 6 No 3


The Journal of Hospital Ethics is published 3 times a year:

Individual (Print & online personal access) $50*
Institutional (Print & online institutional access) $100

*ASBH members $42.50