G Kevin Donovan


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


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G. Kevin Donovan, M.D., M.A., assumed the directorship of the Center for Clinical Bioethics in 2012, succeeding his mentor, Dr. Edmund Pellegrino. In addition to his responsibilities as director, he is a professor at Georgetown University Medical School in the Department of Pediatrics, codirects medical student education in ethics, bioethics education for resident physicians, and directs the ethics consultation service for MedSTAR Georgetown University Hospital, where he still participates in medical consultation for his specialty. He is also a Senior Clinical Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

Dr. Donovan was the founding director of the Oklahoma Bioethics Center and has three decades of experience in clinical bioethics and clinical medicine, being recognized as one of America’s “Best Doctors.”

He trained in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed fellowships in pediatric gastroenterology at the Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma and at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1989-90, he was invited to be a visiting scholar at the Kennedy Institute of ethics in Washington, DC and was also a visiting professor, Department of Pediatrics Georgetown University during that year. It was during this time that he began his studies that led to his earning a masters degree in bioethics.

Before coming to Georgetown, he was a professor and vice chair of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine – Tulsa, where he practiced pediatric gastroenterology. He served on the ethics committees of multiple hospitals, as well as chair of the Institutional Research Ethics Board for 17 years.

Dr. Donovan has been the medical ethics consultant to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, chair of the bioethics section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its Committee on Bioethics, as well as his state medical association, the Oklahoma Organ Sharing Network, the Oklahoma Genetics Advisory Council, and was founding member and first VP of the Oklahoma Association for Healthcare Ethics.

Dr. Donovan has published articles on both pediatrics and bioethics topics, and is sought after as a speaker on the local, national and international levels. His national memberships have included the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the American Society of Medicine, and Ethics, the American Academy of Medical Ethics, and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. He is board certified in pediatrics and has been a member of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, the American Academy of Pediatrics (G.I. and bioethics sections) and American Medical Association.

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 patients and families. He also received the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research and Medicine, University of Tulsa, sponsored by the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and was recently nominated for a Golden Apple Teaching Award in Georgetown’s School of Medicine. He is listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World, as well as Best Doctors in America, and America’s Top Doctors.


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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