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Renee Denise Boss, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Languages: English, Spanish



Research Interests

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

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1800 Orleans St. Sheikh Zayed Tower Baltimore, MD 21287 map

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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. more


  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine (2000)


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


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Hospice and Palliative Care (2010)
  • American Board of Pediatrics / Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (2010)
  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (2003)

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

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).

Boss RD. "Infants, Ethical Issues." Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th ed., Macmillan Reference: USA; 2014.

Boss RD, Shapiro MC. "Ethical Considerations in Congenital Heart Disease." Congenital Heart Disease: Molecular Genetics, Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment. 2014 (in press).

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.

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.

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.

Boss RD, Clarke-Pounder JP. "Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care: Targeting the Underserved." Progress in Palliative Care 20(6):343-48; December 2012.

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


  • Maryland Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Professional Activities

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee and Consultation Service

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • “From Prenatal to Neonatal Palliative Care: Planning for Uncertainty"
    Pediatric Ground Rounds (09/12/2014)

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