Guillermo Godoy

Guillermo Godoy

University of Alabama and DCH, USA

Title: Introduction to Pediatrics Bioethics


Guillermo Godoy graduated from San Carlos University in Guatemala, the only Medical School at that time in Guatemala. He did a residency in Pediatrics at Roosevelt Hospital and again when he came to United States of America, he repeated a Pediatrics residency at The University of Arkansas Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children's Hospital from 1980 to 1982. Then he did his Perinatal Medicine-Neonatology fellowship at The University of Alabama in Birmingham from 1982 to 1985 and stayed on the Neonatology staff for one year. He is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the DCH Health System NICU's since 1986. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. He was Chairman of the Pediatrics Department and the Chief of Medical Staff. He helped to establish the Ethics Committee at the DCH Health System Hospitals in 1987. He published many manuscripts, especially in the areas of neonatal infections and cardiopulmonary pathophysiology. He have been invited to lecture about these topics in several institutions. He is actively involved in the development of CPOE/EMR and electronic progress notes at his institution.


Before we tackle the specific clinical problems and situations in the neonatal population, I will highlight the principles and most common thoughts to deal with them in an appropriate, systematic and standardized manner. The Ethical problems in the Neonatal Intensive Care setting have increased as the therapies and procedures have become more invasive, more technical and more expensive. The ethical dilemmas vary depending on the population studied. We will discuss these factors that individualize how we make decisions in the NICU.

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