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  • Baltimore, MD 21215

Yoram Unguru

Dr. Unguru is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist with joint faculty appointments at The Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai and The Berman Institute of Bioethics, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD where he is a Core Faculty member.  He is also Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.  He earned his M.D. (valedictorian) at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology / Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine.  His M.A. with a concentration in the history of medicine and medical ethics, and B.A. in historical studies, were granted at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Dr. Unguru also received a Master of Science (valedictorian) in interdisciplinary studies in biological and physical science at Touro College / Barry Z. Levine School of Health Sciences.  He completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital at Sinai and his pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC.  Dr. Unguru was a postdoctoral Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Unguru is board certified both in pediatrics and in pediatric hematology/oncology.

Dr. Unguru’s research interests include the role of children and providers in facilitating shared decision-making.  His 2007 essay on this topic, Pediatric Assent: Should Children Decide and Does it Really Matter? was recognized as the winning bioethics essay by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Unguru’s interests also include research ethics, end-of-life decision-making, and ethics education.  Dr. Unguru has served as a consultant to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Research and the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.  Dr. Unguru is an ethics committee and IRB member and is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, Bioethics Steering Committee.  He recently completed a term as a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Ethics Committee.  Dr. Unguru implemented and directs a clinical ethics curriculum for the pediatric house staff at The Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai and was awarded, Teacher of the Year, (2009-2010) by the pediatric house staff at The Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Unguru is currently leading a multidisciplinary, transnational working group examining the ethical and policy implications of chemotherapy shortages in childhood cancer.


BA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
MD, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology/ Bruce Rappaport Faculty
of Medicine
MA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
MS, Touro College/ Barry Z. Levine School of Health Sciences

Recent Publications:

Unguru Y. Ethical Challenges in Early-Phase Pediatric Research for Life-Limiting Illness.  Seminars in Pediatric Neurology. Forthcoming 2015.

Simon C, Kodish E, Unguru YCancer, Ethical Issues Related to Diagnosis and Treatment.  Bioethics, 4th Edition.  Edited by Bruce Jennings. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2014

DeCamp M, Joffe S, Fernandez CV, Faden RR, Unguru Y. Consensus Statement of the Working Group on Chemotherapy Drug Shortages in Pediatric OncologyPediatrics.  2014;133:1-9. doi: 10.1542/peds.2008-1536.

Unguru Y, Joffe Steven, Fernandez Conrad V, Yu A. Ethical Issues for Control arm Patients after Revelation of Benefits of Experimental Therapy. A Framework Modeled in NeuroblastomaJCO. 2013;31(5):641-646.

Unguru Y. Decision-making for Children with Life-limiting Illnesses: A Clinical Approach.  Journal of Health Care Law & Policy. 2012;15(1):117-128.

Unguru Y. Making Sense of Adolescent Decision-making: Challenge and Reality. In: Silber T, English eds. Ethical and Legal Issues in the Care of Adolescents. Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews. 2011;22(2):195-206.

Unguru Y. The Successful Integration of Research and Care: How Pediatric Oncology Became the Subspecialty in which research Defines the Standard of CarePediatric Blood and Cancer 2011;56:1019-1025.

Unguru Y., Sill A, Kamani N.  The Experiences of Children Enrolled in Pediatric Oncology Research: Implications for AssentPediatrics 2010;125:e876-e883.

Unguru Y., Coppes MJ, Kamani N. Rethinking Pediatric Assent: From Requirement to Ideal. Pediatric Clinics of North America 2008;55(1):215-226.

Unguru Y.  Children’s Views on their Involvement in Clinical Research.  A Comment.  Pediatric Blood and Cancer 2008:51(5):716-717.