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Preeti R. John, MBBS, MPH, F.A.C.S.

Academic Title:

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

VAMHCS Integrated Ethics Program Director, Chair of Ethics Consultation Service, Facility LSTDI Director


10 N. Greene Street

Phone (Primary):

(410) 605-7233

Education and Training

MBBS: St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India.

MPH: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship: Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

General Surgery Residency, Clinical Fellowships: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Surgery, Baltimore; Rutgers University Hospital, Department of Surgery, Newark.

Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma: Rutgers University Hospital, Newark.

Fellowship in Trauma Surgery: The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.


Dr. Preeti John is a general surgeon who is fellowship trained in Trauma and Critical Care. She is triple board certified in the following specialties: General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

She currently practices at the VA Maryland Healthcare System and is executive director of the Integrated Ethics Program. She also directs the implementation of a Veterans Health Administration quality improvement initiative, the “Life Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative”, (LSTDI) co-ordinating all aspects of the LSTDI in the in-patient and out-patient settings and intensive care units.

She is a healthcare ethics consultant (certified by the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities), and serves on the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Ethics Committee. She is editor of a widely acclaimed book titled ‘Being a Woman Surgeon – 60 Women Share Their Stories’ and is on the editorial board of the American Medical Women’s Association’s ‘Literary AMWA’ publication. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Healthcare Ethics, End of Life Care, Pain Management

Highlighted Publications

'DNR in the OR: Do Not Retain or Do Not Rescind? Use Your H.E.A.D' 

The American Surgeon, November 2020;

Society of Critical Care Medicine Crisis Standard of Care Recommendations for Triaging Critical Resources During the Covid-19 Pandemic

'Optimizing Acetaminophen Use in Patients with Risk Factors for Hepatotoxicity: Reviewing Dosing Recommendations in Adults'

Pain Medicine, Oxford Academic; pnaa274,

'Intermittent Pneumatic Compression of the Upper Extremity for Post-Operative Deep Venous Thrombosis Prophylaxis: A Pilot Randomized Trial'

The American Surgeon, November 2020; doi:10.1177/0003134820954823

‘Optimizing Advance Care Planning: The Veterans Health Administration’s Life Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative’

Journal of Palliative Medicine 2019 Vol 22, No. 5 p478

'Disruptive Physician Behavior: The Importance of Recognition and Intervention and Its Impact on Patient Safety’

Journal of Hospital Medicine 2018 Mar;13(3):210-212



‘Being a Woman Surgeon – Sixty Women Share Their Stories’  

Publisher: Gordian Knot Books, April 2015; Narrative non-fiction 

Sample Book Reviews:

Annals of Surgery March 2016. Vol. 263 - Issue 3: p 621–622.

Bulletin of American College of Surgeons July 2015:

Harvard Medicine Magazine Spring 2016:

In the News

Baltimore Sun: Anthology Tells the Story of 60 Female Surgeons

Association of Women Surgeons Podcast:

Dr. Preeti John on Ethics in Surgery, COVID-19, and Sharing the Stories of Women Physicians

The Surgical Palliative Care Podcast:

Dr. Preeti John: Surgical Palliative Care at the VA