Naomi Laventhal, MD, MA

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Dr. Naomi T. Laventhal joined the University of Michigan in August 2009, after completing her residency in pediatrics, fellowships in neonatology and clinical medical ethics, and a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Chicago. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM). She serves as a Faculty Ethicist in CBSSM’s Clinical Ethics Service, providing clinical ethics consultation throughout the University of Michigan hospital system. She cares for critically ill neonates in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and serves as the director of the Neonatology Prenatal Consultation Clinic, which provides anticipatory guidance and supports decision making for women with pregnancies complicated by congenital anomalies and expected preterm birth at Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Her research interests are in neonatal bioethics and clinical research ethics, and her current work focuses on the prognostic value of healthcare providers’ predictions of neonatal outcomes. These areas are also the focus of her teaching activities to students, medical trainees, and faculty throughout the University of Michigan campus. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics.