Meet the Staff Clinical Ethicists


Charlotte H. Harrison, PhD, JD, MPH

Charlotte H. Harrison, PhD, JD, MPH

Director, Office of Ethics
Ethics Advisory Committee Co-Chair

Charlotte Harrison is Hospital Ethicist, Director of the Office of Ethics, and Co-Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee (co-chair: David K. Urion, MD). The Office of Ethics provides ethics-related resources to the hospital’s patients, families, and staff. In her work with the office, Charlotte has led a range of these efforts, including ethics education, case consultation, and policy development and review. She has served as director of the hospitalwide literature and medicine program and has co-chaired organizational ethics task forces addressed to issues in the provision of extracorporeal life support (co-chair: Ravi Thiagarajan, MBBS, MPH) and the conduct of organ donation after circulatory death (co-chair: Peter Laussen, MBBS). She currently serves on the hospital’s Organ Donation and Decedent Affairs Committee.

Charlotte graduated from Harvard Law School in 1984. She practiced intellectual property law at private firms and served as an Associate Director of the Office of Technology Affairs at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then returned to Harvard for graduate-level training in ethics and public health. She completed her PhD in 2014, with a dissertation addressed to the ethics of professional collaboration in conditions of uncertainty. She has lectured on a range of topics in the annual Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course. She has been a Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School and a fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar. She has served on the Institutional Review Board of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. At the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, she has served on the steering committee of the Attorney-Bioethicist Working Group and has been a co-chair of the Harvard Organizational Ethics Consortium since 2014.

Charlotte’s bioethics-related writing has appeared in the American Journal of Law and Medicine, American Journal of Transplantation, JAMA Pediatrics, Lancet Respiratory Medicine, Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Transplantation Proceedings and other publications.



Kerri O. Kennedy, MA, BS, RN

Kerri O. Kennedy, MA, RN, HEC-C

Clinical Ethicist

Kerri Kennedy is a clinical ethicist at Boston Children’s Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts in 1995 and her master’s degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University in 2014. At Boston Children’s, Kerri leads interdisciplinary teams providing ethics consultation addressed to a wide range of complex ethical issues in pediatric health care. She also provides unit-based education and support for clinicians and parents requesting assistance with specific ethical issues arising in day-to-day patient care. Kerri also participates in the development and revision of ethics-related institutional policies. She is a member of the Boston Children’s Ethics Advisory Committee, which peer reviews the clinical ethics activities at the hospital and provides a diverse forum for ethical discussion and reflection.

In addition, Kerri participates in various activities through the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. There, she is a member of the Attorney-Bioethicist Working Group and the Harvard Ethics Leadership Group. She has also participated in the Task Force on Ethical Issues in Emergency Preparedness and has presented her work at the monthly Harvard Clinical Ethics ConsortiumPrior to joining the ethics team at Boston Children’s, Kerri’s practice specialties as a Registered Nurse included bioethics, clinical education, post-anesthesia care, and surgical trauma critical care.


Lisa Taylor, JD, MS

Lisa Taylor, JD, MS, HEC-C

Clinical Ethicist

Lisa joined the Office of Ethics as a clinical ethicist in March 2017. In that role, she provides formal consultations where ethical issues arise in clinical practice. Lisa also facilitates clinical team meetings providing a forum for discussion and resolution of ethical dilemmas in clinical practice, provides ethics education through unit based interdisciplinary ethics rounds as well as at other educational forums, and provides ethics support to clinicians and parents at the bedside. Lisa also assists in drafting and revising ethics-related hospital policies. In addition, Lisa serves as a member of the hospital’s Ethics Advisory Committee, the Harvard Center for Bioethics Attorney-Bioethicist Working group, and the Harvard Ethics Leadership Group. She serves as co-chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee of Care Dimensions Inc., a leader in hospice and palliative care serving the Greater Boston area and the North Shore.

Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Lisa worked as an attorney specializing in family law, and she also served as a guardian ad litem in the Probate and Family Court. Lisa received her undergraduate degree from Union College and her law degree from Albany Law School. She received a master’s of science degree in clinical bioethics from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2016.

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Julissa Martini

Senior Administrative Associate