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Renee Denise Boss, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
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  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Centers & Institutes

  • Berman Institute for Bioethics
  • Children's Center



Research Interests

Neonatal palliative care; Clinician-to-parent communication; Critical care neonatology


Dr. Renee Boss is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise are neonatology and neonatal palliative care. She founded the Palliative Care Working Group in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

Dr. Boss is a member of the Maryland Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and also sits on the Johns Hopkins Ethics Committee.

She was recently elected to the Society for Pediatric Research for her contributions to the study of childhood disease. Previously, she was awarded the Young Investigators Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Palliative Medicine and Pediatrics.

After receiving her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Boss completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She performed her neonatology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


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  • Spanish


Maryland Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

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  • Education +


    • Boston University School of Medicine (Boston MA ) (2000)


    • University of Arizona College of Medicine / Pediatrics (Tucson AZ ) (2004)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neonatology (Baltimore MD ) (2007)


    • General, American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics (2013)
    • Hospice and Palliative Care, American Board of Pediatrics (2013)
    • Perinatal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics - Neonatal (2013)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Boss’ research focuses on clinician-to-parent communication, as well as on ethical dilemmas in critical care neonatology and their effects on parental choice, physician decision-making and treatment outcomes.

    Selected Publications

    1. Boss RD, Geller G, Donohue PK. “Conflicts in Learning to Care for Critically Ill Newborns: ‘It Makes Me Question My Own Morals.’” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 2014 (in press).
    2. Boss RD. “Infants, Ethical Issues.” Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th ed., Macmillan Reference: USA; 2014.
    3. Boss RD, Shapiro MC. “Ethical Considerations in Congenital Heart Disease.” Congenital Heart Disease: Molecular Genetics, Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment. 2014 (in press).
    4. Boss RD, Hutton N. “Emerging Ethical Complexities in Pediatric Palliative Care.” Palliative Care and Ethics: Common Ground and Cutting Edges, 1st ed., Oxford University Press; 2014.
    5. Boss RD, Holmes KW, Althaus J, Rushton CH, McNee H, McNee T. “Trisomy 18 and complex congenital heart disease: seeking the threshold benefit.” Pediatrics. 2013 Jul;132(1):161-5. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-3643. Epub 2013 Jun 3.
    6. Boss RD, Urban A, Barnett MD, Arnold RM. “Neonatal Critical Care Communication (NC3): training NICU physicians and nurse practitioners.” J Perinatol. 2013 Aug;33(8):642-6. doi: 10.1038/jp.2013.22. Epub 2013 Feb 28.
    7. Boss RD, Clarke-Pounder JP. “Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care: Targeting the Underserved.” Progress in Palliative Care 20(6):343-48; December 2012.
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  • Activities & Honors +


    Elected member, Society for Pediatric Research, 2014

    American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Paper Award (formerly the Award for Young Investigators), 2009

    Professional Activities

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and Consultation Service

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    Lectures and Presentations

    From Prenatal to Neonatal Palliative Care: Planning for Uncertainty,” Pediatric Ground Rounds, Sept. 12, 2014

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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-5259
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-5259
    Fax: 410-955-0298
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    Johns Hopkins Pediatric Specialty Clinic
    200 N. Wolfe Street
    Rubenstein Child Health
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Appointment Phone: 410-955-5210
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    • Pediatrics - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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