Dominic Wilkinson

Dominic Wilkinson

Role or Position

Associate Professor Dominic Wilkinson is Director of Medical Ethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and a Consultant Neonatologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

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Academic Background

Dominic trained as a doctor in Australia, as well as completing a Masters degree in Human Bioethics at Monash University, Melbourne, before moving to Oxford to study for his doctorate and work as a consultant. He has worked as a doctor in neonatal, paediatric and adult intensive care, and is currently consultant neonatologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Research Interests

Dominic has recently completed a D.Phil. in Bioethics, looking at the ethical implications of the use of magnetic resonance imaging in newborn infants with birth asphyxia. He has a medical degree, and has completed specialist training in neonatal intensive care in Melbourne. He has also worked in adult and paediatric intensive care units, and has a particular interest in the ethical issues in end-of-life care in newborn infants. He has written a large number of academic articles relating to ethical issues in intensive care. He is the author of 'Death or Disability? The 'Carmentis Machine' and decision-making for critically ill children' (OUP 2013).

Publications include

Wilkinson, D., De Crespigny, L., Lees, C., Savulescu, J., Thiele, P., Tran, T. and Watkins, A., (2014). "Perinatal management of trisomy 18: a survey of obstetricians in Australia, New Zealand and the UK" Prenatal Diagnosis, Vol: 34(1): 42-49.

Wilkinson, D. and Savulescu, J., (2012). "Should We Allow Organ Donation Euthanasia? Alternatives for Maximizing the Number and Quality of Organs for Transplantation" Bioethics, Vol: 26(1): 32-48.

Wilkinson, D. and Savulescu, J., (2012). "A costly separation between withdrawing and withholding treatment in intensive care" Bioethics, Vol: Early online.;jsessionid=08AA635CA16E578607E62118E51FEB6B.d02t04

Wilkinson, D., Savulescu, J. and Slater, R., (2012). "Sugaring the pill. Ethics and uncertainties in the use of sucrose for newborn infants" Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, Vol: 166(7): 629–633.

Wilkinson, D., (2011). "A Life Worth Giving? The Threshold for Permissible Withdrawal of Life Support From Disabled Newborn Infants" The American Journal of Bioethics, Vol: 11(2).

Wilkinson, D. and Savulescu, J., (2011). "Knowing when to stop: futility in the ICU" Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology, Vol: 24(2): 160-165.;jsessionid=fc6vyKir2WUymAk6D2uj.4

Wilkinson, D., Wyatt, J. and Singh, M., (2010). "Ethical challenges in the use of therapeutic hypothermia in Indian neonatal units" Indian Pediatrics, Vol: 47(5): 387-394.

Wilkinson, D., Savulescu, J. (2010), 'Should we allow organ retrieval euthanasia? Alternatives for maximising the number and quality of organs for transplantation,' Bioethics.

Wilkinson, D., (2009). "Magnetic resonance imaging and withdrawal of life support from newborn infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy" Pediatrics 2010, Vol: 126(2).

Wilkinson, D., Kahane, G., Horne, M. and Savulescu, J., (2009). "Functional neuroimaging and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from vegetative patients" Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol: 35: 508-511.

Wilkinson, D., Kahane, G., Horne, M., Savulescu, J. (2009), 'Functional neuroimaging and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from vegetative patients,' J Med Ethics, 35: 508-511.

Wilkinson, D. (2009), 'The window of opportunity: decision theory and the timing of prognostic tests for newborn infants,' Bioethics, 23: 503-514.

Wilkinson, D. (2009), 'The self-fulfilling prophecy in intensive care,' Theor Med Bioeth, 30: 401-410.

Wilkinson, D. and Douglas, T., (2008). "Consequentialism and the Death Penalty" American Journal of Bioethics, Vol: 8(10): 56-58.

Wilkinson, D., Kahane, G. and Savulescu, J., (2008). "‘Neglected Personhood’ and Neglected Questions: Remarks on the Moral Significance of Consciousness" American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, Vol: 8(9): 31 - 33.

Wilkinson, D., (2006). "Is it in the best interests of an intellectually disabled infant to die?" Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol: 32: 454 - 459.


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