G Kevin Donovan


Professor, Department of Pediatrics Director, Center for Clinical Bioethics, Program Director (Admin
Director, Center for Clinical Bioethics and Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University Medical Center


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Dr. Kevin Donovan assumed the directorship of the Center for Clinical Bioethics in September 2012. He comes to Georgetown from his positions as Professor and Vice-Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa where he practiced Pediatric Gastroenterology. For the year prior to joining the Georgetown faculty he served as Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Donovan was also the founding Director of the Oklahoma Bioethics Center and served on the Ethics Committees of Tulsa’s Hillcrest Hospital, Vice Chair of the Ethics Committee at St. John Medical Center and Chair of the Ethics Committee at St. Francis Hospital. He also has served as Chair of the Institutional Research Ethics Review Board at St. Francis Hospital for 17 years.

He trained in Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma and at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD. He is board certified in pediatric gastroenterology. In 1989-90, he was invited to be a Visiting Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in Washington, DC, and he was also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University during that year. It was during this time that he began his studies that led to his earning a Master’s Degree from OU.

Dr. Donovan has been the Medical Ethics Consultant to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa and also served on the Ethics Committee of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. He completed a three-year term as Chair of the Bioethics Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and was appointed as the first person to serve as liaison from the Bioethics Section to the Committee on Bioethics of the AAP. He also served on the local board of directors for the Oklahoma Organ Sharing Network, the Oklahoma Genetics Advisory Council and was a founding member and first vice-president of the Oklahoma Association for Healthcare Ethics.

Dr. Donovan has published articles on both Pediatrics and Bioethics and has spoken extensively on both subjects at the local, national and international level. His national memberships have included the American Medical Association, the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, the American Academy of Pediatrics (GI and Bioethics Sections), the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, theAmerican Academy of Medical Ethics, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Dr. Donovan was awarded the Humanism in Medicine Award in 2005 from the Gold Foundation, which recognizes physicians who have successfully integrated humanism into the delivery of care to his patients and families. Dr. Donovan has also received the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research and Medicine from the University of Tulsa, an award sponsored by the Oklahoma chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. He is listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and in Who’s Who in the World as well as Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors in America.


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  • M.A. (1994) University of Oklahoma, Bioethics
  • M.D. (1974) University of Oklahoma, Medicine
  • B.A. (1970) University of Notre Dame, Pre-Med